This is a great question and one I have thought to ask many times–so thank you for bringing up what I’m sure many of us are going through.
I have two clients in particular who have been with me for over two years each and have goals of weight loss. They meet with me 2-3x per week and give 100 percent while they are with me. I’ve done everything in my power to encourage, educate, support and motivate them to progress with their goals. I’ve gone above and beyond trying to help them reach their goals, but to no avail. I’ve realized that I am helping them stay active and healthy in many ways, and for now that has to be enough. I’m also providing an encouraging and supportive environment for them–which they don’t always have outside of the gym. As trainers, we so want to see our clients succeed, and it is difficult when we don’t see progress.
As much as we want them to reach their goals, each client has to be in a certain stage of change for that to happen. Sometimes we have to accept that, and just know that there are circumstances out of our control.
Best of luck to you,