The Struggle Is Real

Weight loss, muscle gains, dieting…

The struggle is real.

My weight loss struggle took years to overcome.

The first hurdle took awhile.

I needed to commit to making a change mentally.

For a long time, I didn’t make the commitment and the results didn’t follow.

I didn’t like the way I looked or felt, but that wasn’t enough to get me out of my comfort zone.

If you don’t think you have a problem, you won’t fix it.

In fact, a recent study published in Psychological Science, showed that obese people who saw the American Medical Association’s decision to call obesity a “disease” were more likely to choose high calorie foods and less likely to self-regulate their diet than those who didn’t.

So that’s the first step.

Recognize you want to change and fully commit to seeing it through.

But once I took that step – even though I knew I wanted to get in shape and was willing to work for it – I went about it the wrong way because I simply didn’t know any better.

My biggest mistake early on was thinking I could run my way to the body I wanted. Instead, I ended up with a smaller version of my chubby self despite A LOT of hard work. Paul Blart runs a lot (when not on his segway) and he has some weight to lose. OK, I just wanted to use a funny photo of Paul Blart. It’s irrelevant to the context of this post, but I had to sneak it in anyhow.

I do less work these days and get far superior results.

And there’s a reason for that.

The make-it-up-as-you-go approach might get you there eventually, but it’s not efficient.

Sure, that paddle boat will get you across the lake, but the speed boat will do the job in a fraction of the time.

The fastest way to get good at golf isn’t to pick up a club and swing away wildly, hoping somehow, someday, you will stumble upon your groove, but instead to educate yourself on swing mechanics, enlist a pro (if you want to be the best possible golfer you can be) and practice consistently the right way.

It wasn’t until I invested in improving my physique, enlisted a few coaches along the way who I aspired to become, and got an education in fitness (practical and institutional) that things came together.

Fast forward 13 years, and I now help you find the error of your ways in fitness. Often, this means simple solutions that fit your lifestyle, with advanced strategies sprinkled in as icing on the cake.

No smoke and mirrors. Just results.

If you’re facing similar problems like the ones I’ve been through, and want to make a lasting change, I can probably help. But you have to be willing to help yourself too.

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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.