Master the Mind and the Body Will Follow
I’ve written and rewritten this post in my head about a bazillion times. I didn’t know whether I should play the humor card, go for total shock factor, or go all research and stats up in here. I have a little bit of all three in my blog (not too many stats). I mean it’s not every day someone gets the chance to write a post for a platform like MizFitOnline right? (MizFit note: I beg to differ. In fact, I begged Ryan to come over here and yammer. Im the honored one). Basically I’ve got one shot to convince thousands of readers to follow my blog too.
Guest posting is all about trading traffic and giving the little guy a leg up in the blogging game right? WRONG!
This is an opportunity but it’s not an opportunity to gain followers. It’s an opportunity for me to help more people. I take that very seriously and I’m not about to waste an opportunity like this one.
Thanks to Miz for giving me the chance.
Last July I weighed 400 pounds. I stepped on the scale today weighing 270. I didn’t use the Atkins Diet or South Beach or even Weight Watchers. In fact, I didn’t use a diet at all. I obviously changed what I ate but that wasn’t my secret. I started exercising every day but that wasn’t my secret either. My secret is something that gets overlooked every single day in weight loss.
Weight loss is a science, kind of. Here are some things that we know for sure about weight loss:
• Every time we create a 3500 calorie deficit we lose a pound.
• Muscle burns fat and increases our metabolism.
• It’s hard
Wait! Is that last one a scientific fact? Losing weight is extremely hard but according to the text books all we need to do is lower our caloric intake and increase our caloric burn. The problem is that there’s a human element. Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions can’t be measured by any tool. They are real and they are always changing.
Why is it so difficult? Why do we have trouble committing to eating right and working out? We all know that healthy diet and exercise is the key, but we’re willing to subject ourselves to a myriad of different diets because “This one is going to be different”. We all own cupboards full of exercise DVDs and have all the latest workout contraptions. Was it a bad idea for me to do the Cookie Diet, The Taco Bell Drive-Thru Diet, and use the Shake Weight all at the same time? Perhaps, but really it doesn’t matter. There are literally more opinions on weight loss than there are on religion.
Do you want to know my secret now? It’s not a pill, a surgery, or the latest doodad from Suzanne Somers. It’s my mindset. I believe that I will be successful. I believe I can change.
Last July when I started on this weight loss journey I was in desperation mode. Chastisement from a doctor, being tired all the time, and fearing that my boys would be left without a father and my wife without a husband were all motivating factors in my weight loss. I knew I wanted to lose weight but I didn’t want any fads. I had successfully lost some weight before doing other diets but I didn’t want a diet (sidenote: I always gained the weight back). The word diet is so finite. It implies that at some point I’ll return to old habits or stop eating right altogether. I wanted to change for good. I wanted a do-over in life.
As I started losing weight I began to gain confidence in myself and my abilities. “I can’t” became “I will” and places inside that had been empty for so long began to fill up. Over the last 8 months I’ve continually been training myself to get rid of negative thought. The good news is that it’s working. I’m constantly seeking solutions rather than focusing on problems. I have an optimistic outlook on life and would love to see that switch flip inside of other people who may be struggling with weight loss or any aspect of their lives really.
The key to removing negative thought is awareness.
We need to know the words and emotions that trigger negative thought. This is obviously easier said than done, but it is possible. You can do it. 8 months ago I was just about at rock bottom and I am rising up every day.
In order to help us eliminate negative thinking for good I started Spring Cleaning at No More Bacon.
Every day in the month of March I am going to post words that will impede our success and give suggestions for how to combat them. It’s going incredibly well so far and the feedback seems to be overwhelmingly positive.
Believe in yourself sounds so cliché but it is imperative. Master the mind and the body will follow.