We mentioned in Tuesday’s email about the new approach we’re going to be doing from July.

We’ve always been about moving people away from ‘weight’.

As in just the number in the scales.

And we’ve decided to trial dropping the body fat assessment we used and focus more on how people ‘feel’.

Partly in general and partly through the use of before and after / progress photos.

As part of this our ninjas have been sending in their least favourite photo of themselves.

Often the one that, when they saw it, made them think “Right, that’s it. I need to get this sorted”.

And we’ve been hearing more and more about the stories behind those photos.

And a lot of them are very similar.

Here’s a particularly good one from a ninja who’s asked to remain un-named.

“I’m not stupid, i knew i was gaining weight. Though even as I got fatter and fatter i always made excuses. Kids work, hubby and so on. Even as i passed through 11, 12 13, 14, 15 and 16 stone. It horrified me really i was ashamed of myself. But never really did anything about it. But seeing this photo was the straw that broke the camels back. I barely recognized myself. I couldn’t believe i looked that bad. Having had a good think about this since you announced your changing things i realized comparing this photo to how i look now is a million times more motivating than any number on the scales could be. I don’t know why i’ve been obsessing over it for so long”.

It’s a story we’ve heard a lot over the last few days.

How people look (and much more importantly how they ‘feel’ about how they look and how they feel in general) being a much bugger motivator than ‘a number’.

So, we’re mega excited about how this change in focus will help ramp up motivation and results even more.

And we’re looking forward to the group coaching time we’ll be trialling.

With it’s focus on “solving the biggest problem you’ve been facing with the changes to want to make”.

We know it’ll produce miles more results by helping the other 165 hours in the week.

More than any workout ever could.

So, if you’re already a ninja and I haven’t got ‘that photo’, please pop it over to me now.

If you’re not, try this as an approach.

And ditch the scales.

And have a think about the biggest thing you could change to get you there.

Won’t make it happen automatically.

But it’ll be a good step in the right direction.

Much love,

Jon ‘End of first year at the summer party. Playing human table football. Me rolling on by back with my shirt lifted up exposing rolls and rolls of blubber’ Hall and Matt ‘Took a topless picture on my phone in my bathroom mirror’ Nicholson

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 myrise.co.uk - 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.