My feeds are full of lots of really well-meaning people (I hope) encouraging people on their roads to fitness or their weight-loss journeys. They post all kinds of inspiring, motivational quotes-- like this:
Here's where I'll split the post.
Read here if you are working to lose weight and get fit...
Everything you need to lose weight, become stronger, feel better and have more energy is within yourself. Truly. YOU have the power to change your life. YOU just have to want to lose weight, build fitness and feel better MORE than you want to be comfortable.
It is hard. You have to change. THERE ARE NO 30 DAY CHALLENGES, NO PRODUCTS YOU CAN PURCHASE, NO SHORTCUTS that will do the work of change for you. There are tons of temporary fixes. The truth is that all of those products, all of the shortcuts will end at some point, and you will be left with yourself.
Save the money you would spend on supplements or fitness companies. Invest in yourself. If you must spend money, join a quality CrossFit box (here's how) or hire a quality certified personal trainer who will help you structure and reach goals that are specific to your needs.
Read here if you are working to
I understand that you have found the perfect way to earn money while helping people find their fitness. You're passionate about seeing people discover a way to look and feel better. I may be too skeptical and cynical, but honestly... I'm feeling used. Am I a friend/acquaintance? Or a potential customer? Is it about you making money off our vulnerability and lack of knowledge about how to get healthy, or are you really, genuinely concerned about our living longer, healthier and happier? Honestly, some of you feel like dealers.
Maybe that was harsh. But I had to say it. (It's my blog, after all.)
I am so very grateful that some of you really want to see people become healthy. And, frankly, you're probably the ones who are reading this. So, what's my point for you? Maybe I'm just venting a little. I'm super passionate about helping people become healthy and fit. Heck, I even looked into becoming a "Coach" for one of those companies. But it seemed that everyone I asked about it, only wanted to have a personal conversation (aka sales pitch) with me. And I've heard too many stories about people who ask a question about nutrition or exercise and then get bombarded, not with help, but with a sales pitch for products that they "need to try" because they're so "life-changing."
Maybe I just want you to look at your "why."
Stepping off soapbox now.