It’s Not Easy For Anyone

“I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”
-Plato

Being a health-conscious fitness professional, I hear a lot of the same comments over and over again from friends, family and clients.

Some of these comments include:

“I wish I ate the way you do.”

“I wish I had time to train as much as you do.”

Honestly, these comments are kind of fun because they’re really like invitations for me to help. I love figuring out what nutrition habits will work best for people long-term. (There is no one answer for everyone!) I also love talking with friends, family members and clients about how they can not only find time to train, but also how to make the best use of the training time they do have. {Ahem…lift weights, push sleds, sprint and swing kettlebells.}

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The only comment that really bothers me is this one, where the “it” is usually eating healthy foods, training hard or staying in shape:

“It is so easy for you. I wish it was that easy for me.”

Guess what? It’s not easy for anyone to eat well and workout consistently. I’m just like you. I’m busy with my job, my family and maintaining my house.

Sorry to burst your

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bubble, but just because I own a gym doesn’t mean that I can hang out there all day and lift weights. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t pay the bills.

Working out is hard for everyone

I don’t have a personal shopper to get my groceries or a chef to prepare healthy food for me and my family to eat. I don’t have a housekeeper to clean up after I cook either.

I clean my own house Source

Honestly, I spend hours in the kitchen each week preparing healthy meals and snacks. I write out my training plans and I look at the calendar each week to find times when I’ll be able to train, whether it’s at the gym or at home. Feeling good, staying healthy and keeping my family healthy are all priorities to me. That doesn’t mean it’s easy or that I squeeze in my training sessions by accident. It’s a lot of work to eat healthy and workout consistently.

Next time you find yourself wishing that eating healthy or training consistently was easier for you, stop and change your thinking. Quite frankly, yes it might be slightly harder for some than it is for others {becoming a mom makes it harder to fit in workouts, but not impossible}, but trust me when I tell you, it’s not easy for anyone regardless of what someone may look like or how they portray it on Instagram. {Instagram Lies…}

working out consistently

If you continue to tell yourself how difficult it is for you to eat right or that you are too busy to find time to workout, you’re going to start believing it’s the truth and not just more excuses (which, I’m sorry, but they are).

If you wish you ate healthier foods or trained more often, do it. Commit to changing right now. Whether you are lazy, afraid to change, adjusting to a new or busy schedule, or you’re just not making your health and fitness a priority, start now. It may take a bit of time, but I bet you’ll find that “it” gets easier for you too.

Remember, the magic happens when you take one day and one decision at a time. The first step and first decision you need to make in order to eat healthy and workout consistently, or at least workout more efficiently, is to make up your mind to do it.

Keep in mind that there will always be someone stronger and leaner than you. That person may make eating healthy and training hard look easy, but don’t forget that there will also always be someone struggling more than you are too.

What’s one tip you have that helps you eat healthier or fit in workouts?

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15 Responses

  • Erica says:

    Amen!!! I always try to focus on how I will feel after I eat a healthy meal or get in a good workout. That is usually enough motivation to get me to just do it!

    • Amanda Perry says:

      I love how you said USUALLY. Because that’s exactly it. It doesn’t always get you there and I’m sure you have days where you don’t eat as well as you wish you had and/or weeks where your training isn’t where you want it to be. BUT…you try and stick to it most of the time and that’s what matters!

  • Jody says:

    I actually get my workout in before everyone wakes up. The 6am class gets my workout out of the way and starts of my day on the right foot. I can’t complain that it’s the end of the day and I’m too tired or that I have to schedule a meeting.

    It’s hard sometimes to roll out of bed at 5am to get to class on time but let me tell you, EVERY time I get there and finish the class not once have ever regretted it. :-)

    • Amanda Perry says:

      You are super dedicated with your workouts and it shows. You are gotten amazing results and as I always tell you, being fit and taking care of yourself has changed you so much and you are so much happier! :)

  • Jolene says:

    LOVED every word of this. It is absolutely true. we are accountable for our own workouts and finding ways to make it happen. same with eating. it can be done, it may take time,it may take a total overhaul of routine and your schedule etc, but it is so worth the effort you put in to live a happier, healthier life!
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    • Amanda Perry says:

      It’s so hard to get out of bed sometimes, but once I am up things always get a lot easier. It always feels so good to me to get my workouts done early in the day so I have a little time to relax later on. :)

  • I love this, and was just complaining about this the other day. I always get the, “I wish I ate better like you do.”

    Um, go ahead? It’s a struggle for me sometimes, too! We have to plan, prep, and prioritize, and then stick to our guns!

    Excellent post!
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    • Amanda Perry says:

      Yes…I think we were talking about it on facebook. I completely get it and I think before I was in this industry I actually thought it was really easy for some people. Sometimes I find it “harder” now since I am in the gym more and there is always always work to be done. I have to remember to make myself and my own workouts and food choices a priority too! :)

  • Debi says:

    I think people always think it is easier for someone else. But I can imagine it is nerve wracking to hear it.
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  • Judy says:

    Wishing and deciding are very different things. When I have been most successful, it has been because the pain of inaction has been greater than the pain of taking action. There is a great peace that comes from deciding. No one is going to change your mind, once you have truly decided. It is an internal thing…I think that is why most New Year’s Resolutions don’t last. The pressure from outside is too great, no real deep internal deciding going on there.
    Growing in any area is hard, but also once you get to your goal, nothing feels better! Thanks for the post!

    • Amanda Perry says:

      Hi Judy! I love this comment. Your situation is unique in that you always felt like you had to start training if you wanted to feel better, BUT also not unique in that everyone really will benefit and feel better from starting a consistent workout program. Like you said, once you decide (and it has to come from YOU, not someone forcing you to do it) there’s no looking back. So happy to hear you are doing well!

  • I try to squeeze in some push ups, planks, squats, yoga, whatever whenever I can if I cannot get a full workout in! 10 minutes in the morning, 5 minutes after work…. it all adds up, doesnt have to be glamorous! :)
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  • Great article Amanda, it’s almost funny how hard some people try to justify not going to the gym. Just last week a friend told me how little spare time he has, whereas he had no problem talking for 15min about why he’s so busy… at this point I could do nothing but shake my head in disbelief.

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