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Transform Your Mind, Transform Your Figure

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Hey!  How the heck are ya?

I’ve been away for a while and I apologize for that.  Since March or April I’ve been working on project after project and the meat and potatoes of those projects are finally over and I can get back to writing articles, creating workouts and creating videos for you, which is nice.  I love doing this and the other stuff can be mentally and physically draining.

I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to write for a couple days and came up with a few things…

I came up with some ideas that could touch on some nutrition/diet tips – bleh.

I could write about a little exercise trick to help you maximize your workouts…but again – bleh.

Instead, let’s cover something that doesn’t get much play, yet could literally make or break whether you succeed or struggle – or succeed long-term.

The mind.

More specifically, having a definite grasp on what it is you want and then thinking as though you have already achieved it.

Sound hokey?

I agree and totally understand if it does, but stick with me for a minute and I’ll sway you to my way of thinking.

I’ve lost track of the number of ladies who have started my boot camp (whether for 1 day or 1 year) who had absolutely no idea what the hell they wanted to achieve.

Sure they said they wanted to lose weight.

Big deal!  That means absolutely NOTHING.

Some also said they wanted to tone up.

Big stinkin’ whoop!

A few others have said they wanted to lose weight AND tone up.

Ooh…that’s a good one!

Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not trying to offend or say those are “bad” things to want.

They are good things, BUT…

They lack POWER.  There’s nothing behind those words.

There’s no emotion behind those wants.

There’s no desire behind those crappy goals.

If those sound like your “goal” and it’s a little cold in the morning, what’s going to get your butt out of bed to workout?

Nothing.

If that’s what you told me (or yourself) when you decided to start losing weight, what’s going to keep you going after the third week when the “newness” has worn off and my boyish charm no longer works?

Ab-so-flippin-lutely nothing.

However, if you were to take those weenie goals and turn them into something with a little more ‘oomph’ and have a definite mental picture of what it is you’re after, nothing can stop you.

If you can take what it is you want, what it is you desire, and frame that into a mental picture and then begin thinking as though you have already achieved it, or at the very least are on your way to achieving it, the process will be immensely more powerful and enjoyable (and easier).

I often tell clients to think of themselves as already living a healthy lifestyle.  Not only that, but I tell them to actually be thankful for living that healthy lifestyle.

Now, most of them are NOT currently living a healthy lifestyle, but by the sheer fact that they are thinking of themselves as living it makes it much easier to actually live it.

Confused?

Skeptical?

Let’s try a hypothetical.

Remember those weenie goals I gave you earlier?

Let’s switch it to something like this…

“I am so happy and thankful that I have not only lost 20 pounds, but that my arms are more toned, my butt is firmer and my waist has shrunk so that I have been able to buy new clothes and gave away my ‘fat clothes’!

Not only that, but I have discovered that living a healthy lifestyle was easier than I thought – all I had to do was gradually swap out a few bad habits for some good ones and the results seemed to happen before my eyes!

But more important than the weight loss and toning is the fact that I FEEL better than I have in years.  When I wake up in the morning, I am energized.  When I lay my head down at night, I fall asleep easier.  Plus my skin glows and is firmer and everyone compliments me on my newfound joyfulness.

And Ed is the coolest dude in the whole wide world!”

Okay, so I threw that last part in…but if it helps who am I to stop you :-)

I just made that up and have no idea the real purpose and desires you have for wanting to get in better shape, but hopefully that makes sense and you can see the difference.

Notice how I started with “I am so happy and thankful that…”?  That is incredibly powerful because it puts your mind in the state that you’ve already achieved what you want.  It also tells you that it was ‘easier than you thought’ which again puts you in the proper mindset.  All too often we get stuck in the rut of “It’s too hard” or “I just can’t do it” and that’s not the way you want to think (but that’s another article for another day).

If that were you and you were to read that multiple times per day and actually feel yourself moving in that direction, do you think it would help you achieve your goal?

I’d like to think so.

At the very least it would go a long way in preventing me from texting you on a regular basis wondering where the heck you are and why you didn’t make it in to boot camp!

Okay, to close out here’s what I want you to do.

I want you to sit down and think about what it is you REALLY want to achieve.  What you really desire.

Think about everything from the weight loss goal (actual numbers), what parts of your body you want to tone and firm, what you want to feel like, and your true reasons for wanting to get in shape.

Then I want you to turn it into a statement – a coherent statement that actually means something.

Then, start living it.

Have an awesome day!

Ed

P.S. – If you’re ready to get rolling with Lincoln’s hottest ladie’s only fitness and weight loss boot camp, or are ready to get back in after a long layoff, give me a call at 304-7858 or shoot me an email.  I’d love to have you join the fun!

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Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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