I'm Julie Stubblefield, and I used carry an extra 70 pounds on my body, despite a solid 15 years of yo-yo dieting. "You aren't trying hard enough." That was the phrase that a personal trainer said to me about 5 years ago. Not trying hard enough? Are you freaking kidding me? I spent hours at the gym and meticulously counted every single morsel that went into my mouth. Effort was not something that I skimped on. Despite following his advice to the letter, I saw no change on the scale and my clothes felt tighter. There was no effort on his part to help me reevaluate my plan to see if maybe he had done something wrong. No. It was all me. What else did he say? "You must be cheating or lying in your food journal."
Lazy and non-compliant. That's all he could see.
I'm not sharing this with you for pity. I'm sharing it because this exact same scenario is played out every single day, all over the place..maybe in your town, too.
The broad approach of the fitness industry is broken.
"Do it this way. If you don't see results, then clearly there's something wrong with YOU." Sorry, but I say...bullshit. The issue isn't with YOU. The issue is with the fitness industry at large. We are subject to guerrilla marketing..."Buy this, it's easy! All you have to do is x, y, and z and all your problems will be solved." One plan doesn't work so we hop to another, and another, and another.
Changing your body may not be easy.
But it IS simple.
The sticking point is that coaches, trainers, and support teams have to be willing to stay around long enough to see you through, to help you make adjustments, to help you figure out what is right for YOU. And, sadly, many aren't in it for the commitment. The other tricky part is that YOU have to be willing to be patient, to listen to your body, and to have times when you aren't seeing results in order to gain insights about your body. You have to work through the harder parts instead of continuing to search for the 'perfect plan.' I'm in this for the long haul, not just for my own health, but for yours, too. I'm determined to create a community of support I couldn't find for myself when I was working on my body AND mind. There's no comply or die. There's no labeling. There's no stigma. There's old-fashioned work, a lot of heart, and amazing satisfaction. Care to join me?