Since I tipped the scales at 360 pounds when I'd just turned 17, I know how daunting a task it can seem to have over 150 pounds of fat to lose! I tried every plan under the sun -- the pills, the drinks, the machines, the trainers -- and every time I would make some progress and backslide. If you've ever tried to lose weight, you may have had the same experience. Eventually I came to realize something was missing in most weight-loss plans. I found the missing link was developing the right mindset and lost 160 pounds, have kept it off and have committed my life to teaching others the mental principles that make change happen -- and last. Countless clients of mine have lost over 100 lbs each with my strategies and have kept it off!
We start our new endeavors with the best of intentions. Otherwise we wouldn't start at all! But every journey has its stumbles, and it is how we react to these stumbles that determines whether we follow through to the end or trip and fall. And if we do trip and fall, then it is how we react that determines whether we get back up again and complete our journey. As my friend Tony Robbins says, "It's not what happens to us that matters, but rather what we do with it!"
When we start a diet and exercise program we look at people on TV and think, "One day I'll look like that!" We cut out pictures from magazines and post them on our mirrors. We start our new diet plans and go shopping, and if we're smart we throw out any food items in the house that do not match our new lifestyle, to avoid unnecessary temptation. We follow the program for one day, two days, five days, maybe even a month or two -- and then something happens. Our friends want us to go out to a sports bar to watch the game, and of course the table is filled with beer, pizza and wings. We have a bad day at work and decide a little ice cream will make us feel better. After a long day, a busy evening with the kids and a spat with our significant other we decide to chill in front of the TV with a bag of Doritos instead of going to the gym. And the next thing you know, we're totally off our diet and exercise plan until the next time. Has this happened to you?