The past couple weeks have seen a huge jump in readers of the Reshape blog, which is awesome. But I feel like it’s also a huge jump in people who are coming to the blog and seeing this random “Aaron” guy and wondering who I am. I know I’ve been writing my fitness advice to a lot of you for a couple months now, but for those of you who are new to the Reshape the Nation weight loss blog, I’ll offer a bit of an introduction. I’m not a personal trainer like Chris Powell. I wouldn’t call myself a fitness expert, either. I’m someone who exercises regularly, tries to eat healthily, and has been doing both for long enough to understand what works and what doesn’t work. In other words, I’m someone who is like you. I’m someone who admittedly loves food and loves eating, At the same time, I’m someone who wants to have a healthier, happier lifestyle, and as a result, I look for ways to balance my enjoyment of the less healthy things in life with a lifestyle that will result in a long, active, happy life.
I’m always looking for ways to eat healthier or exercise more efficiently that don’t really feel like I’m depriving myself of the foods I love and the activities I enjoy. It’s kind of like what Chris Powell always says when he explains his Reshape the Nation program and why it’s designed to let you feel like you can eat what you want to eat: If our weight loss program makes us feel like we’re depriving ourselves of the things we love, no matter how determined we are, eventually we’ll succumb to temptation and fall off course. While it’s all good for a Chris Powell, trainer type of person to make these claims about letting us “eat what we want,” sometimes I feel like personal trainers and fitness buffs are simply wired differently than I am. For example, sometimes when I hear Chris make a comment about how delicious his protein shake tastes, I’m thinking to myself “I’m sure it tastes fine, but I’m also pretty sure I’d rather be drinking a milkshake.” Alas, if we want to have a successful lifestyle change, we all know we should be electing for the after-gym protein shake over the no-gym milkshake.
I see my purpose writing for you on the Reshape the Nation blog as being different from the reason Chris Powell writes and video blogs. Chris is a trainer and motivator, and he’s fantastic at what he does. Me? I represent the rest of us normal folk. I see pizza at a party, and I want to eat it. I see a candy bar at the gas station counter, and I’m tempted to grab it. I don’t jump out of bed at 6:00 in the morning and sprint to the gym. I have trouble saying no when a friend asks if I want to split a popcorn at the movie theater. In my mind, and I suspect in a lot of your minds, a fitness expert and personal trainer like Chris Powell is kind of magical. He just likes to exercise. He can just say no to unhealthy foods. He’s just a freak of nature. Sorry Chris… and I mean this with all the love in the world… but in my mind, that’s what you are… a freak of nature. And I mean that in a good way. Honestly, I’m extremely jealous of your innate ability to stay motivated, eat right, exercise, and help other people.
My purpose at Reshape the Nation is to bring balance. My purpose is to provide everyone reading this weight loss blog, or fitness blog, or whatever kind of blog we’re calling it (because it’s not really any of those, but in a way, it’s all of those), with a voice that’s not always the voice of “expert fitness advice.” I’m the voice of someone who has the same weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise struggles as you. In other words… I’m a normal person. Again, no offense to people like Chris and all the wonderful trainers and fitness experts who have helped make Reshape the Nation possible, but if we were all exactly like Chris Powell, we wouldn’t need Reshape the Nation.
Instead, we do need Reshape the Nation. And I think the reason Reshape the Nation succeeds where other weight loss programs fail is that here, at Reshape the Nation, we put the likes of a Chris Powell, trainer and fitness expert, alongside people like me, people who can relate to struggling with fitness motivation and healthy eating, so you don’t find yourself worse off with a weight loss program featuring a quick 20 pounds dropped followed by an even quicker 40 pounds gained. You get a Two Week Trial of Reshape. And if you follow the two week trial, you will see positive results. I know you will. But here’s the part where it gets tricky. It’s not really the first two weeks of any diet program that are the real challenge. We can all muster motivation for two weeks. The tricky part is more like the first two years. And that’s why I’m here. Actually, that’s why we’re all here, from Chris Powell and David Smith on down through the rest of the Reshape the Nation team. We come to work every day because we believe in what we’re doing. We believe we can provide a realistic option to help people live healthier lives. We believe we can Reshape the Nation.