• Nate Johnson

Confessions of a Personal Trainer: "I Struggle to Workout and Eat Well Too"

Before I started working as a personal trainer, working out and eating healthy was my hobby. My passion. My obsession.

8 years later I'm married, have a 6 month old son, and I'm running a business. The days of pouring a bare minimum of 1 hour per day into this passion are long gone. I'm much more like your typical man than a fitness enthusiast these days.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE working out and eating well! But it doesn't hold the same value in my life it used to.

This is a good thing. It means my priorities are straight. Shelby, Greyson, and my clients come first.

BUT this shift in priorities has brought struggles of its own.

2017 was my worst year yet as far as my own training and nutrition go. The best word to describe last year was "inconsistent."

Can you relate?

I used to never understand why people said they're too busy to workout. I didn't understand why everyone didn't obsess over their fitness and health goals like I did.

Now I do. I totally understand.

It's hard.

You're busy.

Heck, just yesterday I did a workout. But I'm sitting there 5 minutes before starting the workout thinking of all the things I could be doing instead. Things that would grow the business or add more value to my clients.

What have I realized? There's always going to be stuff to do.
The only way to combat the "I'm too busy" excuse is to make your training sessions a priority over the things you could do but aren't urgent.
Through this process I've realized no matter how badly I don't want to workout, I'm always glad I did. I feel so good. I have so much energy. I'm more relaxed. Stress is long gone.
When I do skip workouts to get more stuff done, I end up feeling anxious, sluggish, and just BLEH. I also don't get nearly as much done as I could have if I had worked out. (And believe me, I would know. There were a ton of skipped workouts last year.)

Oh yeah, and nutrition is another animal. My life used to revolve around my meals. I'd plan them out, prep them in advance, and perfectly hit my calorie and protein goals.

But in the words of a wise woman, "I ain't got time for that!" Not these days anyway.

And for most of 2017, I was jumping back and forth between trying to be perfect like I had been in the past and crushing fast food and tons of ice cream.

It was awful. Again, I was super inconsistent.

Then I started realizing I have the same problems my clients do. The same problems my readers have.

Why do I have these problems? Because I'm a human! Sure, I know a lot about training and nutrition, but it's the execution that's difficult.

But you already knew that.

I'm grateful for 2017. I'm grateful my training and nutrition sucked. I'm grateful I can relate to each and every person I work with. I care about my clients. Deeply. And now I've felt what they feel. I've done what they've done.

And now we're headed in the right direction.

This year, I'm following my own advice. So are they.

We're committed to working out 3 days per week. We're committed to changing 1-2 nutrition habits per month. We're committed to putting in the work regardless of how we feel. We're committed to do the best we can with what we have.

Will you join us in making 2018 the year we crush our health and fitness goals?

I hope you will!

If you're committed to making 2018 your best year yet, shoot me a text to 205-705-9591 and say "I'm in!" Or you can do the same thing via e-mail at nate@steelstrengthtraining.com

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