When I first attended one of those 5 AM outdoor bootcamps, they had us pair up with someone and do a series of exercises. My partner ended up being a fairly fit woman who looked to be in her mid thirties. One of the exercises they has us do together was a roughly thirty yard bear crawl. And I stunk the place up. I hated it mid way before I was finished as I watched my partner cross the finish line yards ahead of me. “Drop your butt and use your legs for power. And synchronize your movements.”, she suggested. So I did. And immediately I was able to keep up!
I think we can all agree that everyone is capable of eating healthy. It’s not like we are being forced to indulge in bad foods. But day after day, for whatever reason, we eat too much, eat bad foods, have too much sugar, etc. Research indicates that those who have a positive outlook on life are more likely to lose weight-and stay thin. But how do we stay positive when all the magazines we see showcase rail thin women or lean, muscular men and we are neither?
Well, the good news is that there is hope. Why is it that someone who has been out of shape for years and always complained about it is now suddenly fit? Or that overweight person who felt terrible about their body for years recently celebrated dropping 100 pounds? The answer is, it was nothing more than changing their thoughts. First, they made a decision (as they had many times in the past), convinced themselves they could do it, and went out and did it! And so can you. Below are six mental tricks that helped me along the way to better health.
Yes, it has. And I can proudly say, it’s been a successful year. The way I measure success is, was I able to stick with this lifestyle the entire time and the answer is, yes! After years of fad diets, 30 day challenges, boot camps, gyms, etc., I have finally found, in my opinion, the easiest weight management “program” there is. I don’t find myself starving, I get to eat great foods and my health has improved since going Primal.
Over the course of the year, I have lost nearly 30 pounds, six inches off my waist and no more back pain (I’m attributing that to the weight lost as well as no more inflammation from bad dieting). Incorporating workouts has also helped add some muscle to my 55 year old body and I feel stronger now than when I was in my 30’s. Plus, my wife loves the new body.