I watched a great moving recently (on Amazon Prime) about the boxer Vinny Pazienza. The movie, Bleed For This, was a very inspirational movie. For those of you not familiar with Vinny’s story, he was a boxer  in the 80’s and 90’s. He won titles in multiple weight divisions. However, that wasn’t the great part of the story. Shortly after his Light Middleweight victory against Gilbert Dele, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in a serious neck fracture. As part of the treatment, he wore a “halo” for several months while his vertebrae healed. Against doctors advice, he began training just days later, and in only 13 months began fighting again. He won several fights, to include title fights, in different weight divisions after the accident.

The movie ended with a reporter interviewing Vinny. In the interview, he is asked what is the biggest lie he was told. He responded with “It’s Not That Simple”. The reporter was confused, so he went on to explain that it is actually simple, but the lie is that It’s Not That Simple, which causes people to give up. Doctors told him he might not walk again, and told him to stop training. Vinny wanted to fight so badly, and believed he would, that he never gave up on that dream. While wearing the halo, he trained in his basement.

That got me thinking about many of the people that come to the gym to discuss training here. We begin our intake process with a No Sweat Intro. During this interview, we talk about the person’s goals and their “Why” around their goals. A common goal is to lose weight, but many struggle with “why”. We try to help them describe how their life will be better when they reach their goal.

During the No Sweat Intro, we also talk about things that could hold them back from their goals. Often we hear things like previous injuries, “bad back”, time, or finances as factors that could keep them from their goals. I feel bad for these people because most of the time, these excuses prevent them from seriously working toward their goals.

Contrarily, we’ve had our members keep training under less than ideal circumstances. We’ve had people with broken feet come in and train in a boot. We’ve had others training pregnant and within days of their due date. We also had one person come back shortly after a hip replacement surgery to resume his training.

Don’t let your excuses keep you from your goals. Make a decision to move forward. Make your goal a SMART goal:

  • Specific
  • Measureble
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time Sensitive

Also, understand the “Why” for your goal. For example, instead of losing weight so I’ll feel better, make it a SMART goal and make sure you have a more motivating “Why”. For example, lose 20 pounds in 90 days. Your why could be so that your body fat percentage will be in a healthy range, and eliminate the need for medications. It will also give you more energy so you can enjoy time with your kids.

Next, remove excuses. When we hear of finances as a barrier, we like to look at CRAFT

  • Caffiene: are you spending money on expensive coffee
  • Restaurants/Entertainment: are you spending money on eating out
  • Alcohol: are you spending money on alcohol
  • Fast Food (Junk Food): are you spending money on fast food or junk food
  • Tobacco: are you spending money on tobacco

We find that many people wanting to get healthy, are spending a lot of money in these areas each month. Honestly, all these items are hurting their health and keeping them further from their goals. This includes hurting them financially. If they were to reduce or eliminate spending in these areas, they could improve their health simply by eliminating these unhealthy habits, and as a bonus, they would have extra finances to dedicate to their fitness training or nutrition coaching.

Next time you think you can’t do something or think there’s a barrier to you hitting your success, remember “It IS That Simple”. Set a goal, find a way to accomplish it, and take consistent action. Also, finding a coach or accountability partner to help you, will increase your chance of success.

Remember, a Healthy Life Is A Better Life