Where Do You Put Your Mental Energies?
When it comes to getting lean and fit, I have a basic belief – focus on taking positive steps that create good habits rather than attempting to remove negative habits.
That may sound overly simple, or bring up thoughts of “No kidding dude (please don’t call me ‘bro’)…I knew that!” but stick with me here and let me explain.
Let’s assume you want to lose weight.
Let’s also assume you want your physique to look better – losing weight and having a better looking body are often NOT the same and require different sets of action steps.
Let’s also assume you didn’t gain this weight by eating well and being active and that the weight didn’t jump on board the belly train last week.
Is it safe to assume all those things?
The common thing to do is to get fed up with your current situation and want to make a change – which is a necessary step in my humble opinion.
The next common step is to start attempting to remove negative habits.
Cut out bad foods.
Cut out bad drinks.
Cut out bad activities.
Cut out energy-sapping actions.
Cut, cut, cut, cut.
It may work for a while, but sooner or later, the wall will be hit, a rut will sneak up and you’ll get tired and fed up…
…and it’s because all of your focus was on the removal of the bad, rather than the addition of the good.
What if rather than focusing on REMOVING bad foods, you instead focused on ADDING good foods.
What if rather than putting all your mental energies on the removal of Lucky Charms as a breakfast choice, you instead focused on adding a quality replacement like a homemade smoothie or oatmeal with blueberries, sliced banana and a bit of cinnamon?
What if instead of focusing on the removal of “bad” night-time snacks like chips or crackers, you instead focus on the addition of a healthy alternative that tastes good, satisfies any indulgences you may have and leaves you feeling good and ready for sleep like a small serving of organic yogurt with raspberries or apple slices dipped in a little peanut butter.
Again, this may sound over simplified and even kind of silly, but I want you to take some time and really focus on what GOOD things you can add, rather than focusing on all the BAD things you need to remove from your lifestyle.
Rather than focusing on the removal of processed foods as snacks, instead focus on the addition of quality fruit or nuts and seeds as a snack.
It’s a simple “mind switch” you can make that can transform your lifestyle very quickly and keep you out of the ruts and plateaus that most fall into.
Does that make sense?
I hope so. If not, let me know and I’ll try to explain it a bit better.
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