Searching for “What”

Believe it or not, this internet thing happens to hold a TON of information. A simple search should yield hundreds, if not thousands of websites with daily workouts. You can also find hundreds of recipes, nutrition plans, and other sites blogging about what you should be eating and/or not eating. There are 2 major problems I see with this:

1) How do you know what is correct and what is safe?

2) All these sites only talk about the “What”.

The first can be answered simplistically by coaching. I’ll expand in another post, because today I want to talk about the “What” factor.

The common factor with these sites is that they all talk about the “what”. What to eat, what not to eat, what to do when you workout, what is the best exercise for shredding your abs, what are the best sources of antioxidants, what is the best amount of sleep you should get, and what is the benefits of a standing desk. Even though we have this abundance of what to do, why are so few people actually doing it? The information is there, we are just not using it.

My concern with the “What” approach is that it yields only short term results. People do the “what” for a short time, might even get great results, but eventually go back to their normal routine and old habits. A select few will have the motivation and persistence to stick to it, but this is usually because they have already found their “Why”.

What’s missing for me in all this information is any approach to why you’d want to do any of the “What” in the first place. If you don’t know why you’re doing something, chances are that you’re not going to stay motivated to do it for very long. If you do know the “Why”, the “What” becomes the easy part.

In my opinion, too many people are constantly in a search for “What”. They want to know what the next best thing is to get them their results as quick as possible. This fails time and time again because they don’t know why they’re doing it in the first place. Search for your “Why” first and from there you can create the lifestyle your body was made for.

Lets figure out your “Why”. Why do you want to make changes to your lifestyle? What will motivate you to stick to it even when it’s tough? Do you have the support you need?


  1. darlene says:

    I workout because I feel stronger and healthier when I do. I’m convinced that going Paleo and Crossfit have both helped me in my “fight” against Stage IV breast cancer. One year after first being diagnosed I am coming back strong and I look healthy. The cancer is even starting to disappear! I am at a healthy weight despite being on hormone therapy (which is supposed to cause weight gain). I have gained weight since last year but I’m certainly not overweight by any means.