By Sarah Eiserman
One of the most common questions I get asked as a nutrition coach is something along the lines of “How much weight can I expect to lose by this date?” or “What kind of progress can I expect within a given amount of time?”
My answer is always the same, “I don’t know. It depends.”
That’s never the answer anyone is looking for but it’s the truth, and I owe it to you as your coach to be honest with you, and the truth is I don’t know.
Why is that?
Well for starters, I don’t have a magic crystal ball at home that allows me to see the future. Trust me if I did, I’d put that puppy to good use. Hello, multiple lottery winner over here! Not to mention my new business as a psychic (although I hear long flowy skirts and bangles are hard to workout in).
All jokes aside, I can’t predict your future because I don’t know what kind of factors in your life you might encounter along the way. None of us lives in a vacuum and we aren’t a science experience with all the variables accounted for. Each one of us is a living, breathing person and often times life gets in the way or even helps us in our journey.
- Will one of your kids get sick and need all your attention?
- Will you take the time to learn the difference between a protein, carbohydrate, and fat?
- Maybe you have to rush across the country for a last minute work trip.
- Maybe you decide being hydrated is important and you go buy a beautiful new HydroFlask in an awesome shade of green and that thing goes everywhere with you.
- Did you stumble and fall over a barbell that someone left out at the gym causing you to break your leg (I hope not!)
- Maybe you are completely committed to the idea of eating well but each time a friend waves a cookie under your nose you cave because you don’t want to tell them how important your goals are to you because your fear of failure has caused you to keep your journey a secret from others.
- Maybe you discovered an amazing farmers market in your area and you make it a goal to try a new vegetable each week as a result.
- What if an elderly parent suddenly needs your attention taking you away from your weekly food prep time?
- You could find out that your place of employment is starting a new fitness challenge that helps you double down on your nutrition goals.
- Or maybe you are a perfectionist and the second you eat one “bad food” you go off the rails and 1,000 sugar-filled calories later you are laying in a pile of self-loathing on the floor.
As you can see the list of what if’s, both positive and negative, can go on and on but the list doesn’t really matter because it’s how you react to this list that does. This is not even taking into account the fact that everyone comes into this process with different physiological circumstances that can play a major role in how their journey will play out.
So what can I tell you?
I can tell you that if you commit to being consistent—not perfect—you will make progress. I can also tell you that your progress cannot be compared to any other person’s progress that I work with. There is no “typical progress”.
According to the good doctor, Suess, “There is no one alive that is you-er than you”. I can also tell you that if you are open to learning about the process, and yourself, as well as implementing this knowledge, one step at a time, you will grow and become a better version of yourself each day.
I can also help you to focus on the process and the things you can control, the habits you can form, and to not get so caught up in the outcome along the way.
Last, I can tell you that I will always be there for you. I will be your guide on the side celebrating your victories with you and dissecting your setbacks so the next time they come up you will have a plan to persevere through them.
So don’t live for the future. Instead, if you embrace each day as an opportunity to get one step closer to that healthy, happy, best version of yourself, you will achieve your goals when the time is right, for you!