Personal Trainer Tip: First Step to Fitness – Change Your Thinking

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
 Albert Einstein

If you want to change your body whether it’s fat loss, weight loss or just getting into shape; you must first change your thinking. What thought processes got you into this situation? This will take honest self-reflection and insight. Maybe you thought, “this box of cookies won’t matter”, “I’ll start my diet tomorrow”, “one more beer won’t make a difference”, “I have to get my money’s worth since it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, “I don’t have time to cook”. You get the idea.

I used to tell myself, “I don’t like vegetables.” I ate a lot of bread and cheese. I blamed it on my French heritage. My thoughts reinforced my behavior. Now, I’m the opposite. I get all of my carbs from vegetables, except my once a week cheat meal. My thoughts about veggies changed first. “They contain much better nutrition”, “maybe veggies will be lighter on my stomach “, “maybe I can try new recipes”, “maybe eating more vegetables will help me feel better.”

The point is; change how you think about your lifestyle, eating habits or the excuses you tell yourself. Do this first, then your workouts in the gym will have much improved effectiveness.

Sharon Powell

Female Fitness Trainer of Tucson


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