Darin St. George: Mistakes that thwart your fitness goals

Darin St. George

How many times have you set out to conquer the world and forgotten to tie your shoes, only to trip and fall before you had the chance to prove yourself? Well, none of us is perfect. I am sure that we've all broken our fair share of eggs making the perfect omelet, be it in our personal or professional careers.

What I would like to do today is identify some of the mistakes in your way and some solutions that will keep you in the equation, albeit in a more positive fashion.

Starting your workout program on a Monday. Wow, is this ever the cardinal mistake one can make. This is like giving someone an all-you-can-eat pass for 72 hours. Think about it; to start the program means that you are currently not on one, which means you are out of shape and possibly overweight. Can you imagine the three-day eat-a-thon to get ready for the big debut at the gym? The solution? Start working out and eating the second you know you have to.

"I'm not a morning person!" I hear this on a daily basis, and let me tell you that it is the biggest load of bull that I have ever heard. If you think this about yourself, check your birth certificate and tell me where they checked "not morning person." The body will only go where the mind forces it to; there are certainly ways to get up early if you want to. An alarm clock (across the room so you can't hit snooze), digital watch (on your wrist, blaring in your face), or even a phone call from your trainer -- they all work to get you going. If there were a broken ATM at the gym spewing cash, you'd be there at 5 a.m., trust me.

There aren't enough hours in the day. Another load of malarkey. I once read of a local mother of four who woke up at the crack of dawn while her family slept, and trained to be a highly competitive triathlete. Oh, and by the way, she is a neurosurgeon! Life is what you make it, and if you want to run around crying foul and that you never have enough time to do what you want, I think it's a safe bet that you aren't trying hard enough. And that may have something to do with your health and fitness problems.

Get out of your own way and you may find yourself smaller when you do.

Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his Web site at www.TrainerX.com.