The Number One Enemy to Your Health and Fitness Goals

I had the privilege of attending a summit for fitness professionals. There were over 3000 fitness professionals exercising in the streets of L.A.People of all shapes and sizes, amazing weight loss stories, and those just getting started, all in one accord doing their part to end the trend of obesity in America.As I looked around, it dawned on me that all these people were success stories and a potential source of hope to someone else wanting to change their life. It didn’t matter if they had lost 1 pound or 100 pounds, or maybe they haven’t lost any weight but for the first time in their life they are excited to wake up each day to be a part of a cause bigger than themselves. That hope and momentum was created by plugging into a supportive community, by being part of a tribe, a pack, a crew of people all rowing in the same direction. And it dawned on me, if this group is responsible for so much success, then it is obvious what the number one enemy to people trying to lose weight and live healthier lives is… ISOLATION.I know when I was 100 pounds heavier, and growing up as an overweight kid there were many times where I felt isolated. Even though I had friends and constantly tried to be the social guy that surrounded myself with people, down in the pit of my stomach I still felt lonely. Like I was the imposter outsider in a world of fit and pretty people. I knew down deep I didn’t belong, I was different, and I would do anything to have life come as easily to me as it seemed to come for others.It’s not like I hadn’t tried to lose weight many times throughout high school and college. Does this scenario sound familiar: Start a new exercise program or diet telling yourself this is going to be the time it works. You hit the ground running excited for the new life you have chosen for yourself. The first 2 days go well, you start to believe you have turned the corner only to fall off the wagon on day 3! Maybe it was donut day at the office or you had to stay up late and justified extra sleep over your morning workout. Whatever the reason, you’ve lost momentum; you beat yourself up and think ‘what’s the use- it’s just too hard!’ And because you were going at it alone, there wasn’t anyone there to tell you different, so what did you do – you gave up.Let’s go back to that crowd of 3000 working out together in the streets of L.A. Do you think that at one point in their fitness journey they had a bad day, fell off the wagon, wanted to give up? You bet they did! But the difference is they surrounded themselves with a support force field.By deciding to join a supportive fitness community you can insulated yourself against 90% of the reasons most people fail in their quest to live healthier lives. In a supportive community you can have access to:
Others going through the same struggle you are
People who have already walked their road and are there to help
The ability to reach out and help others getting started, keeping them motivated to set a good example
Support is one of the four pillars of success. Find a supportive fitness community willing to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.Discover the other three pillars of success and read about the real results from real people who joined a supportive fitness community.

Mom, How Much Is Your Health and Fitness Worth?

About four years ago….The phone rings.It’s my brother. My brother never calls.My guts know in an instant that something is terribly wrong.My mother had fallen a few days before and was due for surgery to repair her broken hip.”Les (my family’s pet name for me), I’ve got bad news.”It’s funny, or not so funny, how your body sometimes responds quicker than your mind.My heart pounds in my ears. My lungs forget how to breathe. My stomach sickens.The tears spring to my eyes and burn my cheeks.I desperately hold myself together with an unraveling thread–just long enough to confirm what I already sense.And then he says that word; that word that mercilessly pierces the heart and spins the world, out-of-control, upside-down, inside-out–forever.Cancer.The deafening echo of that word–cancer, cancer, cancer–drowns out the described details.My mother and cancer conjoined in one sentence. How can that be?My mother is gentle and quietly wise. She works harder than anyone I’ve known and does so with joy and gratitude in her heart.She never complains, never brags, never steps into the limelight. That’s not her place. She contently cheers silently from the sidelines.She loves nature and animals, especially dogs–maybe even more than her six kids, we always tease her.She loves and accepts people for who they are. I’ve never heard her say an unkind word about a living soul. With the perfectly placed word or two, she defends the defenseless; and you listen.She never judges, guilts, pushes, preaches, or pretends that she knows the right path for anyone else, even her own children.She gifted to me a rock-solid foundation and the freedom from which to grow and discover my own wings to fly.My mother and cancer? It makes no sense.And then, somehow, my brother’s words surface. “Are you okay, Les?””No.” And the thread snaps.I hang up the phone and collapse in a puddle on the kitchen floor.Just yesterday…the day before Mother’s DayThe phone rings.”Hi, Les!”
Ahhh, that familiar voice that instantly washes over me and through me; soothing me to my core.”Hi, Mom! Hey, it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow, and I’m supposed to call you!””Les, you’re a mother, too, and just as important as I am. So I decided to surprise you this year and call you first.” Fitting words for a fitting mother.The tears flow once again but this time tears of joy and gratitude.My mother is still here to hold me and comfort me; and let me know that everything is okay and is exactly as it is supposed to be.My mother is still here to love me just because I am me.The next time, my dear friend, you wonder whether it’s worth the effort to take care of yourself with wise food, health, and fitness choices, think about and feel your mother, your children, your spouse, and your friends.And then ask yourself two questions.”How much am I worth to those who love me?””How much am I worth to myself?”Priceless.You, my friend, are worth your effort.