As a trainer, I debated whether or not to post about this topic because it can be so easily construed the wrong way. But I’ve decided to write about it, because I love the truth in this article, plain and simple.
Adam Bornstein, the editorial director for Livestrong.com (one of my favorite sites!) does a beautiful job writing about the dreadful topic “Are You Doomed to Be Fat?” Read it.
So, everyday I work with clients – some of their bodies respond immediately and they are able to lose 45+ pounds, develop defined six-packs, firm up their glutes, all in a matter of very little time. Then there are other clients, who work twice as hard as the ones in the first example, but see a very slow development of these results. Lucky for me (and them) I can continue tailoring their workouts so that their unique body WILL respond, and I also continue to encourage them to WORKOUT, EAT WELL, DRINK WATER, GET SLEEP, and BE HAPPY. Of course, there are also clients in between, at all ranges of the spectrum, whose bodies respond differently. I think Mr. Bornstein says it perfectly in his article:
Genetics are a great thing—if they work in your favor. And if not, your journey to lose weight can be frustrating and at times appear helpless.
So where does that leave you?
With a simple choice: Make excuses or work harder.
Yes, it sucks. Yes, it’s not that fair. And yes, it just plain sucks. BUT, it’s no different then your friend who was born with that musical ear, the one born with the height for basketball playing, the one who doesn’t run on a regular basis but enters their first 5K and dominates his/her field. Genetics & life aren’t fair. Fair is a weather condition. But life and genetics are not awful either. Maybe you have the genetics to be overweight and you realize you need to work harder than everyone to look and feel like you want to, but I am POSITIVE that you have some other amazing attributes that others wish came more naturally to them. It’s ok to have to work harder in some areas of your life, and there are a lot of people like me who are committed to helping others be their best selves in the safest way possible. YOU CAN DO IT. You can. You just have to first believe you can, then you have to commit to doing whatever it takes to get there. And don’t stop until you reach that point.