THE majority of people I meet in my profession seek my services because they have bodyweight issues or feel that they have lost control of their fitness, and are subsequently suffering structural physical and medical problems.
Our initial conversation is based on their background and lifestyle and includes aspects of their lives they feel they no longer have control over.
Setting goals for them right at the beginning of their journey with me is purpose driven to give them a direction with a definite target to reach.
By the time I have persuaded a client to sit down and chat with me about how they plan to change and improve their life, they often already have their aspirations and a fairly clear picture of what they want to look and feel like in six – 12 months time.
There are other people that regardless of how many words of encouragement you offer them, will simply not buy into themselves and accept that they can achieve their goals.
I have weighed clients and given them their medical statistics that are realistically set targets for them.
•There is no way I could ever be that weight again.
•That’s far too hard for me I won’t be able to cope.
I have found over time, that if I was unable to help a client to see what they could achieve and how they had all of the capabilities to reach the goals they clearly wanted to reach, then we were fighting a losing battle from the beginning.
Instead of looking ahead to the fit attractive person that they are slowly emerging into, they cling onto their picture of an unattractive overweight being that is continuously falling back and never able to climb upwards and on to the next positive level of their journey.
There is truly nothing more self-gratifying than to see a client taking ownership of themselves.