Thursday
Nov292012

Eat less exercise more

My blog today isn't really about weight loss. Rather, it's about human nature. Weight loss is just what I'm using as an example.

There are thousands of books and programs written about weight loss. People go from one program to another looking for a magic bullet. If you reviewed all of the material here's what you would find:

1 – eat six times a day

2 – eat more fruits and vegetables

3 – eat less

4 – exercise

Of course, there are all kinds of variations on this. Some books advocate a high protein diet. Others work strictly on calories. A few even attempt to weave in psychology. Think yourself thin was a very popular theme for a while.

But when you sum it all up, everything seems to go back to eat less and exercise more. So here's my question. If everybody knows what to do, why don't they do it?

It's not exactly rocket science, just think before you put something into your mouth. I remind myself of this every time I bite into a jelly donut.

It seems to me that it all comes down to discipline. You either have it, or you don't. Like everything else in life discipline can be developed. One trick is to give up immediate gratification in the short term for the image of what you want to be like in the future. I call this image the future self. If you don't know what you want, you have nothing to work toward. However, if you can clearly define what you want your life to look like five years from now, you can start making decisions designed to support your future self.

I've decided that my future self is going to be physically fit. Now my choice is no longer between having a donut or not having it. It is about making choices consistent with the way I want my future to look. I had a vegetable omelet today. My future self thanks me.

Here's today's challenge. Decide exactly what you want your life to be like five years from now, and then take steps to work toward it. Make decisions consistent with the lifestyle you want to lead, and you will find it almost impossible to fail.

Just a thought,

Cliff

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