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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.

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