As a personal trainer in Mississauga, I help busy professionals who want to get fit develop fitness habits tailored to their lifestyle. I see any fitness related struggle as a natural part of the change process. You can’t avoid them or find shortcuts. These struggles is a sign you’re on the right track. It means you’ve found something that needs to be changed. The way to deal with them is to persist through that struggle and break through to the other side. Going through the emotional breakthrough is what creates lasting change. These changes end up affecting you on a much deeper level. And this new change in thinking influences your behaviours going forward.
When going through a physical and mental transformation, you end up experiencing many smaller breakthroughs that combine to create habits. One of the side effects of these habits is becoming more fit. It’s important to realize that your focus shouldn’t be to lose weight, gain muscle, or anything in between. Your focus should be to identify the struggles you’ve been avoiding, either consciously or subconsciously, and work on addressing those through habits. So the focus should really be about creating change on both a mental and physical level.
This is not an easy thing to do. It requires you to be honest with yourself. Needs you to let go of the two opposite poles, procrastination and perfectionist mindsets. Demands rebuilding trust in your self. It means repairing your relationship with food, exercise, and your own body image.
It takes a lot of work, time, and naturally you want to find a shortcut. Soon you realize that there are none and it’s just about you and your struggles. You need to take them head on and be brave. The struggle is real and necessary and worth persisting through.
Your achievement towards better health and happiness is waiting if you’re willing to go through the struggles.