Change Your Own World
It’s hard to believe we are more than half way through the year. 2017 is passing so quickly it makes me wonder about the old phrase ‘time flies when you’re having fun’.
Ok, so I know fitness and nutrition isn’t everyone’s idea of fun but when you establish your goals and achieve that lovely sense of wellbeing, it certainly makes it all worth it.
Dozens of clients have been on a journey with me already this year and I am gratified to see how many have achieved their personal aims and reached their hard-fought fitness goals.
For me, it’s been a great year in spreading the word about how I approach things; I’ve enjoyed speaking on, and appearing in, BBC radio, Newstalk, numerous local radio stations across Ireland as well as the Irish Independent, the Irish Sun, Mirror and others.
Another major media highlight has been my regular slot on TV show ‘The Irish at Home and Abroad’ on Sky Channel 212.
In all my media appearances so far this year, my message is a consistent one; approach your goals in a methodical, realistic manner and you’ll achieve the results you deserve.
Nobody is competing with anyone. It’s all about you and your own journey. And make good choices.
One of the articles I most enjoyed writing and the great response it received, was a piece for the ‘Irish Independent’ which asked me to discuss ‘15 Ways People Sabotage Their Weight Loss’.
Again, we’re not talking super models here or unattainable body shapes; the piece was squarely aimed at ordinary, everyday people – people like you and me who struggle to juggle family, work and other commitments to try and stay in shape.
My aim was simple enough and it was to show how things like hydration and drinking water, skimping on green veg and a reliance on processed foods could mess up your plans.
In its introduction to my piece, the ‘Irish Independent’ said:
“Coach Alan Williams has seen it all in the decade he's been helping people achieve their weight-loss goals, and believes that effort is often undermined by the same knowledge gaps and mistakes. Here's how to avoid undoing all your good work…”
Anyway, it’s advice that is always worth repeating and I’ll continue my 2017 story as it’s started, with real advice, tips and tricks to get clients moving and feeling good about themselves.
Another topic that got a great response this year was my take on the calories that people consume in alcohol and how that could impact on training goals. “Booze You Lose” was how one national tabloid cleverly summed up my advice.
We all love a drink now and again and I wasn’t trying to be smart arsey about it! In fact, by the time Newstalk had me on the evening drivetime programme with Chris O’Donoghue to discuss the subject, social media had gone into overdrive with people all over Ireland agreeing or disagreeing.
That’s what I like to see; discussion about the things that affect us all and debate about what we can personally do about them. When it comes to fitness, nutrition and achieving personal goals and wellbeing, we all have the power to strongly influence the desired outcome - and I’ll continue saying that. That’s why I call my seminars ‘Change Your Own World’.
I believe my programme that includes great tasting food, achievable exercises and a supportive online community of like-minded men and women, can help you get there. Guys, 2017 has been great so far but it isn’t over. Come on, we’ve work to do!