The best rides are where people are interacting, sharing a conversation on the way to work, smiling at each other and saying good morning. Too often I look around the carriage and people look closed off, head phones in, faces in phones, intentionally not looking at other people, avoiding eye contact. I feel alive, wonderful, full of ideas, and want to share how I’m feeling to hopefully brighten someone else’s day but at the same time a little scared of how people might react. I have had people in the past completely ignore me when I say hello. On the other hand, the transformation in someone that occurs when you give them a smile or a greeting is awesome. People that looked unapproachable all of a sudden become lit up with unspoken stories that I have found a joy to hear…if only more people were interested in hearing them.
Another reason I love catching the train is because it’s an opportunity to let people know I am available to help them. It’s a hot topic at the moment…the obesity epidemic. With 70% of adults in New Zealand classified as either over weight or obese, quarter of a million people in NZ diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, 100,000 who have it and don't even know about it, and all the other non communicable disease associated with obesity, there’s definitely no shortage of people to help…if they want it. Sometimes, people don't have these issues but just want more energy, to not have every day feeling like a drag going through the motions.
Through my work I have found that the biggest obstacle most people face are not knowing how to use nutrition to get the results they want. It just gets too hard, leads to frustration, and people giving up. Not knowing how to make those healthy choices with constantly being bombarded with food choices that are being promoted as health food but are they really healthy? Consume these so called “health” foods all day and before you know it you’ve gone way over the World Health Organisations recommended daily sugar intake of 10% of your daily intake of free sugars (or even better 6 tsps which is 5%) per day and they have no idea how it happened. Or why the weight won’t come off. For years I was eating what I thought was healthy and wondered why it was so hard to lose the weight…well I was eating healthy foods but it was all the other stuff too. It didn’t seem like much but it was adding up right?
There is a misconception that if you exercise you can eat what you want. People spending 2 hours a day at the gym but not losing weight. 9 times out of 10 if you look at what they’re eating it’s not consistent with their goals. But people don’t necessarily KNOW this.
That’s where my colleagues and I come in. We offer a variety of options to help you get the results you want from community group fitness to nutrition support programs to challenges that help educate on how to use nutrition in a way to get the results you want. It doesn’t have to be expensive or boring it’s just about knowing what to do.
How do I let people know I’m available? I wear my badge of course :-) This is an invitation for anyone who is serious about getting results - who has struggled in the past, who has lost the weight but not kept it off, who lacks energy, who is at a loss - to come and ask me how I can help.
So don't be shy. If you see me on the train or walking around Wellington or Lower Hutt, or even anyone wearing the badge, take that as your invitation to go and have a chat and find out more about how we can help. At the end of the day it's entirely up to you what you decide to do right? But just know that if you're serious about making changes and getting the results you want, there are people there to help you. So come and say hi. And who knows, maybe little by little with more people nourishing their bodies well, more people will feel amazing, we might all start to open up a little more and start our days with a train ride that leaves us feeling inspired and ready to have an amazing day.