Like it or not, we are at war. Everyday, our country is battling heart disease, diabetes, depression and even suicide. Things are getting pretty serious so it’s time we do something about it. I know for most people the hardest place is knowing where to start. That’s why I want to cover everything from daily battles to psychological warfare so you can come out victorious.
Pre-emptive strike. Failure to plan is planning to fail. You have the power to take control of the things that are making you gain weight. The biggest enemy is nutrition. Plan out your meals, go shopping and only buy the food for those meals. Don’t buy any extra snacks or pre-packaged, nuke-and-eat meals. You can lose most of your weight from nutrition alone so give it the attention it demands.
Daily battles. Go through your day in your mind and think about those times when you run into temptation. Those are never going away so what are you going to do? I’m going to tell you what you’re going to do, you’re going to prepare for them so you don’t fall victim. Always have snacks with you (trail mix, nuts, protein powder, KIND bars, etc.) so that you can keep a calm mind. You control your mind and body; temptation does not.
Psychological warfare. If your sick of starting and stopping your diet and exercise program, you have to get your mind right. You must believe that you will succeed this time. You must believe that you won’t fail like you have in the past. You must believe this time is different because you have those around you that support and love you. If the mind believes, the body will follow.
Marching orders. Start small and work your way up. Don’t expect to go from a poor diet to 100 percent organic overnight. It takes time. If you make one healthy change every week, you would have 52 new, healthy habits by the end of the year. That’s huge progress. The problem is that most people try to create 52 healthy habits in a week. It’s a recipe for disaster. Be realistic and make changes that you can stick to easily.
Prepare for war. Everyday we must decide to fight the good fight or surrender. Personal Trainers, nutritionists and health coaches are the generals in this war, but we need an army to win. We need people to fight for themselves and others. Show me that you’re strong and won’t lie down without a fight. Fight for you. Fight for your loved ones. Do not give up. Do not surrender. DON’T QUIT!
By Dustin Bogle
For the Daily Press