Archive for October, 2014

Trying vs Doing: Is there a Difference?

October 23, 2014

“Try” definition: to attempt
“Do” definition: to achieve or complete

Ever heard or said this – “I’m trying to eat healthier.”?

By definition, try means to attempt – is it possible to TRY to eat healthier without the DO? What would that look like – trying to eat a carrot but accidentally eating pizza?

By definition, do means to complete or achieve – even if you make one small change to your eating habits, aren’t you doing?? Vs trying?

Do these two small little words really mean that much to our success? Think about this, if someone tells you they will “try” to make it to your event, do you expect them to attend? What about if someone tells you “I’ll be there”? Feels different doesn’t it?

Now look at it with regard to healthy eating and exercise (‘cause that’s what we do at Salvere!), if you said “I’m eating healthier” does it feel different then saying “I’m trying to eat healthy”? Go ahead, say it and feel free to change the action (ie. Working out, meditating, etc.). How does it feel? It’s one thing to say I tried to climb that rope – or something else you can truly attempt without actually achieving.

I challenge you to pay attention over the next week and see how often you say or hear someone say “try” with regard to certain things. And then ask, is it a “try” or “do”?  If you’ve taken action — YOU ARE DOING!  Give yourself the credit.

To Diet or Not to Diet…

October 2, 2014

Diets — they’ve become so much a part of our society that we work with clients who spend most of their life dieting and on a weight loss/gain roller coaster.  The term “diet” used to mean what ones eats over a certain period of time.  Now, most of us hear the word “diet” and automatically think something we “go on” that comes along with specific restrictions, usually for weight loss purposes.  As trainers, we engage in many conversations about what to eat and what is “the best diet”.  Recently, we’ve been involved in several eye opening discussions.

So one conversation started about a specific diet plan and the person wanted to know if it was ideal for her goals.  Off she went to investigate.  After deciding to give it a try, she brought home all the details, instructions and materials.  The five or so generic recommendations included avoiding things like alcohol and dairy.  Sounds okay so far — The looking at the specifics, the guidelines included utilizing their prepackaged foods.

Well, I picked up this astronaut looking food and read the ingredient list — Ingredient #1: MILK … Ingredient #2: Whey protein isolate (milk!) … Ingredient #3: cheddar cheese powder (dairy!) — hmmm, thought the instructions included avoiding dairy??  So the individual providing the diet instructions advised avoiding dairy but then sold their customer numerous food products (fyi they make money off of selling product!) that included not 1 but 3 dairy ingredients, as the main ingredients!  None of this mattered because weight loss happened — My question to you all when contemplating your next diet … What price do we pay for weight loss??  Do diets = Health??  Are we utilizing the right professionals when looking at making nutritional changes?

Look for our next blog where we investigate whether we should always be applauding weight loss…