I wrote about getting the mind in the right place this week and how it is the most important part of any type of life altering journey weather it be fat loss, getting strong, leveling up in your business, refining your skills in craft you practice, or whatever else.
How you think and perceive the world around you is what is true for you.
A great quote comes to mind: “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali / Napoleon Hill
If you study personal development material all the time, this will be a core theme, and for good reason. Let me breakdown the experience I had with this mantra this week.
If my mind can conceive it.
To conceive something is to form an idea or a plan. I needed to figure out a way to make eating the correct diet for my body meal after meal, day after day extremely consistent.
I needed a plan for how to make anything I wanted to eat to not be a never ending battle of having to choose between pizza, wings, and beer or a nutrient loaded piece of meat with broccoli or brussels sprouts on the side.
And my heart can believe it.
The plan was to write a short tutorial on how to quickly change your mind about something. While reading and researching and writing, my perception food started to change on a fundamental level.
When I was writing out the examples of visualizations, I was in a very powerful emotional state where I could easily reprogram how I think about food by experiencing those emotions of love and grief while thinking about how if feel about those foods.
The realization surfaced, easy as ever: It’s not the food you love, but the experience the food brings you that you love . I don’t love food; I love what the food brings me.
The memories of the food are now fuzzy while the memories of the people are now in focus and what drives the emotions when I remember.
I wasn’t happy because of the ice cream; I was happy because I was eating ice cream with someone I care about.
This is the magic step. This is where the plan was proven. This is where my eyes and soul became open and how my view of the world changed ever so slightly so that all of the food choices I need to make in the future become not a choice at all.
This is where the saying “you have to believe it with all of your heart” comes from. Once this happens, all of the pieces fall into place.
Then I can Achieve it.
Discipline is the result of putting the plan into action. Discipline doesn’t give you an option to not do and complete your task, it is a must. I don’t think about not eating the diet I’m supposed to because I don’t look at food the same way anymore.
I remember eating all of those foods in the past. I cherish the memories about all of the good times I’ve had with the people surrounding those foods, but its not the foods I love so much, it’s the experience with the people and the people themselves.
The consistency in my diet is starting pay off already. I feel like the symptoms of inflammation the headache/itchy/stuffy nose/water retention, are really starting to subside and my body weight is now moving in the right direction again.
At The Gym
Yesterday, the Trainer and I chatted about diet and the related science of it before we got into the workout. I really enjoy this time, chatting with someone else that is just as interested and open minded towards diet, nutrition, and performance as I am.
After a good stretch, here’s what we did.
- Warmed up with Farmer Walks using hex bar, 3 x 120 feet, progressive weight increase each set 145 lbs, 165 lbs, 185 lbs.
- Super Set 3 x 12 each movement
- Dumbbell Arnold Press, 25 lbs.
- Single Arm Cable Tricep Pull Down, 30 lbs.
- Inside Dumbbell Hammer Curls, 20 lbs.
- Super Set 3 x
- Cable Rear Deltoid Extension, 15 reps, 20 lbs each cable.
- Battle Ropes, 30 seconds
Killer workout today! Definitely kept the heart rate up.
The Next Meal
Another espresso in the next few minutes and then a Steak with broccoli smothered in butter and left over brussels sprouts for dinner. So good I just might make it for lunch instead!
There is a lemon curd recipe that I like to make that I’m going to make without sugar this time and see how it turns out. Lemon curd goes really great with blackberries and raspberries.
Thanks for joining me on this journey.
Have a great day!
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