I’ve been writing about “getting my mind right” in the past couple health blogs. How we think about our bodies is just as important as how we treat our bodies, maybe even more.
How we think affects how we take action regarding certain things, so it makes sense that changing our thinking should be a huge part of any major change.
I’m reminded of the saying: “What you think about most tends to manifest.”
It has a lot to do with our perception of the world, and how we see things.
There is far too much information about our surroundings for our brains to process at any given time, so the brain prioritizes what we need to acknowledge moment to moment. If something isn’t deemed important, we don’t notice it right away.
For example, you buy a new car and are enjoying driving it, and then one day all of a sudden you seem to start noticing all of the other versions of your car popping up around you. They were always there; you just didn’t notice them before it was important to you.
Once your brain is programmed with what is important and what isn’t, making the choice more in line with what your goal is becomes much easier because the poor choices don’t get noticed first, as often.
So, the importance of how getting gains, burning fat, getting healthy, or however you want to frame it, needs to be programmed on this subconscious level.
The how, as in taking action, is the difficult part of the programming. Our brains are continuously being updated with what needs to be important to us.
The why, is what makes the how, important.
The why is what causes us to put the how into action.
Here’s the hack: The why has to be important already.
This is the process that unfolds naturally when someone’s why is to get healthier is so that they’ll have a better chance of living longer in and order to have the energy to provide for their children and/or to be there for their friends and loved ones.
The easiest way to make something important is to attach an emotion to it. How you feel about it. Emotions by their nature, are important.
We are emotional beings. Every choice we make can be in some form or another can be boiled down to how we feel about it or something attached to it.
Here’s a way to attach an emotion to a thing. We do this all the time without actually thinking about it already, but we can use this as a tool to rapidly change our thinking more in line with the goals we want to achieve.
Love and grief are the strongest of all emotions to use for this exercise. They are the easiest and most effective ones to use and the ones I will use for the following.
Pick up the food you want to eat that you know is bad for you and hold it in your hands. You can visualize the foods in your hands instead, but it works more effectively if you have physical contact with it.
Use the why you don’t want. Close your eyes and visualize the moment where the people you love in your life standing at the edge of your grave on a rainy day, crying and emotionally destroyed because you’re finally being lowered into the ground forever, because you died from a disease caused by something as stupid as the choice of food you put in your body.
When you visualize the why you want to avoid with as much detail as you possibly can, you’ll eventually be able to recall this so fast when you’re reaching for a box of sugary cereal that you know you shouldn’t be eating, you’ll pull your hand back so fast as if your hand were going to be crushed by it.
On the flip side of things, it’s good to reinforce the why of making better food choices for your body.
Pick up the food you want to eat that you know is good for you and hold it in your hands. As I mentioned above, you can visualize the foods in your hands instead, but it works more effectively if you have physical contact with it.
Use the why you do want. Visualize yourself far into the future surrounded by the people you love singing happy birthday to you. Feel the genuine joy and bliss that their song brings to you as you notice the reflection of the candlelight in their eyes from the two number eight candles stuck into the bowl of strawberries arranged so perfectly. It makes you smile and feel their love. Experience the feelings of thankfulness that you’re still able think clearly and can still move on your own two feet. Another exciting year of life to celebrate. Oh, the things you’ve seen and the love you’ve experienced with your long life.
What is your why?
I think this is why weigh-ins are typically done at the end of the week: I’m seeing a about a 2 lb fluctuation either side of 344 lbs. It seems like my body weight set point is right around 344 lbs, and has been for the past several weeks. The fluctuation could be attributed to a lot of things, but what makes most sense is water retention provoked by the inflammatory foods I’ve been eating. Inflammation and water retention go hand in hand. It’s neat to see on a day to day basis how the weight fluctuates. Data is king, after all.
At The Gym
I wasn’t feeling all that great for my training session yesterday, but I persevered and went anyways. My joints seemed to be clickity and I also had some knee pain so the trainer modified the routine to guard the knees.
After some stretching, here’s what we did:
- TRX Bench Squat, 3 x 20, bodyweight to warm up.
- 90° TRX Squat, 3 x 15, body weight + with 50 lb tension band placed just above the knee.
- Straight Leg Cable Lifts, 3 x 15, 7.5 lbs.
- Straight Leg Glute Rear Raise, 3 x 15, 10lb ankle weights.
- Straight Leg Dead Lift, 3 x 12, 70 lbs.
The Next Meal
I picked up a deli chicken, a couple kg of carrots, and some more bacon. I still haven’t had the chance to slow cook those ribs, but I suspect that will be happening for dinner tonight.
I got hooked on Newman’s Own Mango Salsa. Seriously, it’s amazing.
I’m going to make a smoothie for lunch: banana cream pie and triple chocolate protein powder mixes, giant handful of spinach, and a couple tablespoons of peanut butter. This is incredibly satisfying. Keep a look out for the video.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
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P.P.S If you want to read up on why we store fat so easily, check out “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” by Dr Jason Fung, MD.*
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