We’ve all heard of transformation contests before. In fact, you’ve probably seen my transformation photos from Turbulence Training. However, do we stop at a physical transformation or is there something more to it? Lately, I am becoming more and more aware of the chatter that goes non-stop inside my head. You know, the chatter that comes up with all the excuses about whether you should eat this and not that or whether you should go to the gym or not. When does it ever stop?
My search for an answer came through my own journey. When I first started transforming myself, I was empowered and inspired by the results I have made. But then, life happens. I changed my career and started a business. My schedule changed so my routine changed. I didn’t think all those changes will affect me that much. I was dead wrong.
I put myself in new situation that I have never experienced before which threw all my routines upside down. I turned to food whenever I felt stressed and working out was the first one to go when I got really busy. This behavior led me to question whether I have really made a mind transformation or not. To me, mind transformation is a change that happens permanently even though my circumstances may change. I realized that even though it only took me 3 months to physically transform myself, it will take a lot longer to adjust all my “beliefs” about my body image and living a healthy lifestyle. In other words, it will take a lot longer to transform my mind.
The first step to this mind transformation journey is self-awareness. Being aware of the things that goes on in your head and what actions you take as a result of those thoughts is the most important step. Without it, we won’t be able to identify the problem or if there even is a problem in the first place (which usually there is). [If you’d like to learn more about this thoughts and actions, watch this Goal Achievement Video by Dax Moy.] For example, you’re setting up a schedule to make going to the gym a routine. The first few weeks are critical to this and any habit you want to change or acquire because you are more likely to quit during this time. They say it takes about 30 days to develop new habits. So, during these first 30 days, make sure that you don’t miss a planned workout. As much as possible, no matter what chatter or excuse your head comes up with, go to the gym unless it’s completely impossible to do so – like an earthquake or something (hopefully that’s not the case though).
The same thing goes for nutrition. If your plan is to eat healthily, avoid junk food at least 90% of the time unless you plan one cheat meal a week. The less you cheat, the more successful you will become at acquiring the habit of eating healthily.
The second step is to realize that your issues with food or exercise may come from as far as childhood. I realized that I had issues with my “weight” when I was younger because of my culture. Asian culture is really tough on body image. As soon as I gained a few pounds in high school, my friends, family (brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles, etc.), and even neighbors made a comment on how much I gained weight even though it’s not much of a weight gain. This has affected my body image negatively and I just realized it several months ago. But, if I wasn’t aware that this was the case, I wouldn’t be looking for solutions to this problem. Now, I don’t have some ludicrous idea about how I should look like. If I’m comfortable in my clothes and look great in them, I’m happy. Once you realize that past experiences may affect how you deal with your reality right now, the sooner you will be able to deal with your chatter more effectively.
I have respect for anyone who tries to lose weight because it’s difficult. We get so many cues all around us about food and we have to eat at least 3 times a day. To add to this, we get ad after ad of junk food on t.v., radio, magazines, etc. and see restaurants and fast foods as we drive around town. But, the battle can be won. With enough self-awareness and motivation to do whatever you need to do to make it happen. The two questions you should answer are “how bad do I want it?” and “what am I willing to do to get it?” This goes for fat loss and anything that you want to happen in your life.