One thing I read a hear a lot is that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. And while that makes perfect sense, I still feel like I am losing the game if I am missing a workout or not burning enough calories. In other words, in my mind, it’s the workouts that will get me results. And the more I eat just means I work out a little harder or run a little further. But why do I believe that? Why am I, and many others I see, so focused on getting to the gym or taking that run, instead of putting more effort into our eating habits. If I can get a good, one hour workout in anytime, why is it so hard to stay away from that ice cream! But the 80/20 rule is absolutely correct. How do I know that? Is it because I did it and I am living proof? No. It’s because I have read it and heard it from just about every expert in the field and from people who have done it. So I asked myself, if that’s the case, what percent of eating correctly is mental and what percent is just doing it. Is it that easy? Can we really just change what we eat and do a little exercise and look better? Than why aren’t we? Because it friggin’ hard!
Which brings me to my point. I once read (I like to read a LOT) a book that spoke in one chapter about flying a 747. Obviously there are an elite few that actually do this, but when you think about it, with the proper training and guidance, most of us could do this. And I believe the same is true with just about anything in life! Want to be rich? There are thousands of books, seminars, radio shows that tell you EXACTLY what to do. And while I know a lot of these are so called “experts” don’t know what they are talking about, there are many that do. I think books like Think and Grow Rich, The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire mind are just a few. And I truly believe that if you did exactly what they say, believe you can do it and focus on accomplishing it, you can. And the same is true with dieting. If you follow the steps you read and hear about, do exactly and eat exactly as they describe, the weight will come off. But if it’s that simple, why aren’t we all fit and trim millionaires? Because it’s hard. And I think that’s where the focus needs to be. What makes it so hard? And how do we fix that?
So what I have decided to focus on is not just reading what foods I need to eat and exercises I need to do but how to stay focused on accomplishing the goals I set. THAT is my number one priority. How do I stay committed to being healthy, to managing my money, to being a better me. All the answers are right there in front of me. I read a great article that states, “In order to be successful at losing weight, whether it is for a competition or to excel in sport and life, we must address the mind game behind the dieting game to achieve our outcome.”
Some books on this subject I have read and continue to read are:
As a Man Thinketh
Think and Grow Rich
How to Set Goals
The Power of Focus
The Power of Habit
And a GREAT book I recently read that will truly get you thinking about how much effort you are really giving is Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler (the founder of Marquis Jet).