Yesterday I wrote about how education on weight management is needed, but beyond that people need motivation, in fact no… they need accountability. I said I’d write more about that today and I wanted to keep this as a separate blog because I want to write about me.
Honestly, right now I’m my best example of this argument. I know about calories, macro splits, supplements. I know how to train, what I need to do to stay looking a certain way (I’m trying really hard not to say certain weight). Not only do I know all this but to be honest normally I enjoy the training and the way I eat so it’s not even hard work.
But right now I’m nowhere near that. I’m at least two clothes sizes bigger, nothing at all fits, I avoid looking at myself side ways in the mirror because I am extremely wide right now and I just do not feel good in myself. I cannot be bothered to train, have lost all motivation (heat does not help, nor does not yet being back teaching) and whilst I eat pretty well still I’m eating a lot more chocolate whilst doing a lot less activity.
The fact is I am well educated on fitness and nutrition. This is not a lack of knowledge or access to the right foods or access to places to train. It’s not even a lack of goal or motivation. I will be teaching again soon, I have purpose / reason to get going again I’m just struggling to pout it into effect.
Oddly I trained and ate well all through lockdown. I used my training sessions as a away to structure my day and keep feeling positive. I ate well and again used meal times as a way of keeping my day structured. Ironically the opening up of things and my return to the office almost very day (thus getting back to reality and routine) caused me to lose that training and eating routine I’d built. I’m finding myself tired at the end of the day so deciding not to train, busy during the day so skipping lunch when I would normally have trained and pretty much comfort eating chocolate.
Literally as I’m writing this I’m saying to myself but you know what to do about this. There is nothing about education being needed here. This is literally just about making myself do it. Nobody else can make me feel better about myself, I have to get back to doing what I’ve always previously just done as habit. Equally though it made me think about what I was saying yesterday.
I completely stand by my argument that what is needed to tackle obesity is education. Not a list of lower calorie food options but genuine understanding of the energy balance that can help people, because then you could have that McDonalds and know it’s still OK and still work towards losing weight.
But still knowing doesn’t mean applying and sometimes what we also need is accountability and support. How many people continue to go to a PT for years and years? For many people it’s the accountability that is worth paying for those sessions, doesn’t matter that they may know they could go and train alone.
If you know what you should be doing and still aren’t that’s OK, most of us struggle with this at least some of the time. Best thing to do is work out what will make you get started again. Who can hold you accountable? Who can offer support? Maybe that’s a PT, maybe it’s booking onto a class to make you go, maybe it’s signing up for an event (hard right now). Sometimes it’s just telling people of your intentions, like I am here.