Itâ€™s the seminal moment during personal training.
The one where both parties â€“ the trainer and the trainee – are frustrated.
The trainer is thinking â€œthey just need to change.Â They need to embrace a healthy lifestyle.Â They need to put down the doughnut.â€
At the same moment, the trainee is thinking, â€œhe doesnâ€™t get it.Â Doesnâ€™t he know how hard this is? Â He has no idea what itâ€™s like.â€
My name is Drew, and Iâ€™m a personal trainer.Â And for years, Iâ€™ve been on the â€œtrainerâ€ end of that moment â€“ not understanding how someone could choose to be overweight or in less than ideal shape.Â I thought that I could just push people to be healthy by forcing them to listen to my sound advice.
But what I realized, is that the trainee is right.
- I donâ€™t know what itâ€™s like.
- I donâ€™t get it.
- Iâ€™ve always been in shape.
- Iâ€™ve always been healthy.
- I donâ€™t know how hard it is.
My website, www.fit2fat2fit.com is about my journey of forcing myself to understand what it is like for someone that struggles with weight, exercise, and eating.
Because if Iâ€™m going to help, I first need to understand.
For the next 12 months, I will take the journey from fit to â€œfatâ€ to fit.
For the first six months, I will force myself to not exercise.Â My diet will be free of restriction.Â Iâ€™ll delight in some of the foods Iâ€™ve denied myself for years.Â And I hope to finally understand what itâ€™s like to struggle with weight, cravings, food addictions, and a lack of desire to find the â€œhealthier meâ€.Â My goal is to gain 60 lbs. in 6 months.
At the midpoint, the tables will turn and Iâ€™ll move from â€œlearnerâ€ to â€œteacherâ€.Â I will put myself through my own meal plans, workout routines, and discipline.Â I will invite others to take the journey to â€œfitâ€ with me.Â I hope to show how simple, every day foods and behaviors that we believe â€œarenâ€™t bad for usâ€ actually keep us from reaching our health goals.Â I hope that my experience will allow others to make small, meaningful changes in their own everyday lifestyles.
Yes, the personal trainer in me will probably win out.Â I will get myself back to the health Iâ€™m accustomed.
But I hope to do so â€“ and to teach people how they can as well â€“ by first understanding whatâ€™s its like.
- By â€œgetting itâ€
- By feeling the pain
So when I start to teach people (and my 60 lb. heavier self) how to make true change, Iâ€™ll do it like everyone else.
And when someone else is in that frustrating moment of â€œthey just donâ€™t get itâ€, Iâ€™ll be able to say that I do â€“ and I made my way back.
I believe a lot of people lack the knowledge and the hope or inspiration to succeed, and I plan on giving them both.
- Join me on the journey at www.fit2fat2fit.com.
- Follow me on twitter: @fit2fat2fit
- Follow me on facebook: facebook.com/fit2fat2fit