I was reading one of my favorite healthy living blogs. I really enjoy reading about other people's journey and how much I can relate to some of their stories. This one post today, really got me thinking.
The question she was asking... Can a personal trainer that has never been over weight really understand and help someone who has a significant amount of weight to lose?
The story she told was of a trainer that just "assumed" that over weight people are weak. That really burns me to even think about, but unfortunately that is a stereo type out there. Weak, lazy or just doesn't care. I have heard it all.
I am not saying I know how all over weight people think/feel or even the medical issues that some have. For me, personally, I was an emotional eater. I had no control. I looked at food as "good or bad", something I needed to hide. That is where the relationship between me and my stomach took a turn for the worst. I am not proud of how I used to abuse food, it makes me sad to think of the reasons why. I can stress over those days and hate myself for what I did back then... but at the end of the day, I am here.
I still have set backs and still can be an emotional eater... who isn't? But it is how I have changed my lifestyle that makes it all alright. I am on the right track and am not that same person anymore.
So, I got a little off topic here... A personal trainer that has never been over weight... can they really relate? In my opinion it is about the client. If they get the motivation from their trainer to change their life, who am I to say? However, I do see the other side. How can you honestly help someone and tell them you "understand", when in all reality you can't relate?
My biggest concern would be that they would push their client too much and too far to help them stick with it. It becomes overwhelming and one would give up. You hear the jokes about people being all "fitness" at the beginning of the year and then losing their motivation. Slow and steady wins the race... at least for me and I am thinking for most people. You change 100% of your habits at once? It gets to be too much and it is way too easy to give up. That is one of the biggest things that I have learned from this journey.
Main opinion: As long as any negative thoughts or judgments never make it on the fit trainer's face or in their comments... I am cool with it.
What are your thoughts on this topic?