Two kids. Toddlers, really, having a full-on melt down in the grocery aisle. I’m sure you’ve seen something like this. Mum looking trapped, hair askew, head hung--- looking like she’d give anything to melt in to the floor while her two children carry on screaming--- maybe they are overtired, or want a cookie, or are a bit late to tea. Whatever the reason, here they are, shrieking and kicking, while mum tries to disappear.
Maybe you know what to do. Maybe you know exactly what to do to turn this situation around. But what do you say? How do you walk up to this lady in the middle of Armageddon and offer tips? Give her your sage advice and offer the wisdom raising a kid of your own has taught you?
Because right then, at that moment, mum doesn’t need your advice, your help, or your years of wisdom. What she *needs*is your help. Distract the banshees. Make them giggle. Spend a minute of your time to sincerely, genuinely, simply assist her to make it through her shopping trip with her sanity intact. She doesn’t need you to judge her as lacking and show her how to be better with wisdom you have gained.
She needs you to join her in the trenches with those two riotous children and calm the storm. Sometimes, advice just makes people feel worse.
So today, I’m just going to tell you I get it.
Maybe you’ve put on a bit of weight because you’ve had a baby. Maybe you had an injury and haven’t been able to work out as you’d like. Maybe you got a promotion and your new hours make it tough for you to get anywhere to work out. Or maybe you just don’t know where to start and weight has continued to creep up on you for years.
I’m not going to offer you advice--- I’m not going to prescribe specific exercises--- I’m not even going to tell you to make changes in your diet.
I’m going to tell you that making changes is tough. Creating new habits, finding time you don’t think you have, juggling all of your commitments, balancing work and family… you already have a lot to worry about. So, I’m not going to add to it by mentioning anything about the benefits of getting fit.
All I’m going to say is that I am here to help. If you need a question answered, if you need someone to help you figure out what to do, if you feel discouraged and just aren’t sure where to turn--- reach out.
I won’t judge. I won’t brag about my stellar results and show you loads of pictures of my success stories. I’ll just meet you. Where you are. And see what I can do to make right now a little bit better. No strings attached.