CNHI News Service

Opinion

December 17, 2012

The secret to losing weight starts with the mind

 

 

“Feel the city breaking and everybody shaking and we’re staying alive, staying alive” —The Bee Gees

I’m 50 pounds lighter than I was last Christmas. I’ll be down another 50 by Christmas 2013.

It took me until this year to realize that health and exercise require the same time and resource commitment as creating wealth.

People who become wealthy do it in a slow and steady fashion over a long period of time. They need to have good habits and they need to make savings a priority.

The same thing holds true with diet and exercise. It’s not about fads, it’s about changing lifestyles. I know. I’ve tried every fad weight loss program imaginable. They left me morbidly obese.

I never tried the all-Twinkie diet, but that is about the only one I missed.

Most of the weight loss came through a combination of motivation provided by a deeply committed golf pro, Clay Hamrick, and consultant, Anne Parton. I lost the first 40 with a combination of golf lessons and better eating habits.

I’ve always had the mindset of treating exercise as something that happened “after work.” Since I always have more business projects than hours in a day, the time pressures would cause me to blow off time for exercise and grab lunch from a drive-through window.

It’s taken some serious psychological rewiring to get me to make my health a priority. If I can do it, anyone can. I’m a middle-aged grandpa whose last athletic feats were performed when Jimmy Carter was president.  

I’ve noticed some immediate benefits. I feel better and have far more energy. Also, taking time to exercise allows me to disconnect from stress and come back at work with a renewed vigor.

Thus, exercise has not taken away from business. It’s made me more productive than ever. And more aware of how an hour in the gym means better hours at work.

Text Only
Opinion
  • taylor.armerding.jpg Inequality crisis shot with factual problems, hypocrisy

    President Obama, various media and political liberals say inequality, of all things, is the defining issue of our times. Yet this message is delivered by multimillionaires and a president who jets from tee time to stump speech on the taxpayer's dime.
     

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Zamperini, the Olympian and POW, was a hero because of his faith

    Louis Zamperini collected many accolades as an Olympic distance runner and brave bombardier who spent a month adrift at sea and two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. But faith and forgiveness are what truly distinguished him.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hobby Lobby critics push specious privacy pitch

    The violation of privacy argument by liberal detractors of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare case doesn't hold water when you consider the current collection and use of the personal details of your medical preferences.

    July 11, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Declare your independence from empty slogans

    'Independence Day' is now an ironic celebration in a country where the president promotes government dependence over actual freedom, and where bumper-sticker slogans have replaced actual, independent thought.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Taxi owners, government patrons try forcing Uber to go 'off-duty'

    Uber gives urban passengers an enticing alternative. Rides on-demand arrive faster than taxis, are cheaper and cleaner, and get rated by customers. Rather than hail innovation, government enablers are helping the heavily regulated taxicab industry freeze out the upstart.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg IRS spins email yarn as Obama slips past another scandal

    Forget everything you've heard about email. All digital trace of a former IRS official's email over the 25 months the agency harassed conservative groups has mysteriously, improbably vanished. Gone, too, is the White House's accountability as President Obama slips from another scandal.

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama: Don't listen to those who knew Bergdahl best

    The Obama administration chides anyone who suggests that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - the POW traded for a dream team of Taliban terrorists - might be something less than a hero. The White House wants us to stop jumping to conclusions - unless, of course, we're jumping to the right conclusions.

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Left tallies 'true cost' of coal with a political calculator

    Weighing the "true cost" of coal-based energy is politically convenient. In a "true cost" world, coal may be more expensive but alternate energies aren't affordable, either; you don't get a tax break on your mortgage; and the feds don't protect the United Auto Workers from Chrysler's bankruptcy.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Veterans wait for healthcare, we wait for accountability

    Poor care and long wait times at the Veterans Administration are little surprise for an organization with such an entrenched bureaucracy. It's almost predictable as the Obama administration's mock surprise and non-response.

    May 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Reality replaces Obama's foreign policy promises

    Terrorists were supposed to disappear and tensions would dissolve between the United States and other countries when President Barack Obama took office. But prize-winning promises don't hold up to real-life Chinese hackers, attacks on U.S. diplomats and Russian land grabs.
     

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

News
Sports

Features