Build a life you don’t need to escape from – Macclesfield Personal Trainer weight loss advice


Greetings from Sunny Hampshire.

I’m away on holiday this week with my family.

There’s me, my two sons, Alex (my girlfriend), Izzie (her daughter), my parents, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, niece and Nanna in a lovely cottage about 10 miles from Bournemouth.

We’re having a great time.

And yet, here I am writing to you guys.

On my holiday.

I just started firing up the laptop and Oli asked me “Daddy, why are you working –we’re on holiday?”

My reply was “I enjoy my work”.


It made me think of numerous conversations I’ve had recently with members at Macclesfield.

Who “can’t wait” till the upcoming holiday.

Or who have just had one and any relaxation had already been completely undone by the return to work.

When these conversations come up, I often find myself repeating a quote from Seth Godin that I first heard a few years ago.

“Instead of wondering when your next holiday is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from”


Whilst I enjoy my holidays a great deal, I also enjoy my life in general great deal.

I get to spend the majority of time with people I like and care about.

Doing things I find challenging and enjoyable.

And this isn’t by accident.

It’s through conscious “lifestyle design”.

A concerted effort to change the aspects of my life I was less happy with.

To create a life I don’t feel the need to escape from.


Anyone can do the same.

It’s not necessarily easy (see our article ‘Nothing is that easy’)

But it can be done.

If you take the right steps, there’s no reason that this time next year you couldn’t be feeling very differently about the need for your upcoming holiday.

You’ll be getting to this time next year either way – so not taking the steps you need to won’t save any time.

You might need to watch a little less TV or spend some less time on Facebook, but the time is there to make these changes.

And, as we’ve said many times before, the time to change doesn’t actually take long.

It’s all the time spent ‘thinking’ about the change that is time consuming.


So, have a think now.

What parts of your life are your wanting to escape from?:

  • Work
  • Colleague(s)
  • A relationship
  • Friend(s)
  • Family life
  • Social life
  • Etc


Whatever it is, if you’re wanting to escape from it, even short term, chances are it needs changing (or you may even need to escape from it permanently).

So, put some steps into place now.

What needs to happen to take you from where you are now to that new life.

Write them down.

You know, Step 1, Step 2, etc.

And get started.

It’ll get you one step closer than you were yesterday.

Remember – a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!


Much love,


Jon “Love my life” Hall

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.