Get Your Mind Right

by The Fitness Enthusiast on April 5, 2014

Getting Your Mind Right

As many of you may be doing, I want to fine tune a few trouble spots as summer days draw near. Now before we’re ready to drop a few founds of fat, or reach any goal, it’s important to understand the enemies and obstacles that are inevitable so that when they pop up we can face them head on and not let them hinder our progress.

Let’s all do some mental spring cleaning as we get our bodies ready for bikini season. Although the weather may not be on that same page we have to overcome life’s inevitable obstacles and focus on the steps that will guarantee success. That starts with our thinking and our attitude. Without the right mindset you can strive all you want but ultimately you will only have temporary if any real tangible sustainable success.

Whenever I am gearing up to begin a cutting period or to overcome any challenge, it is of the utmost importance to get your mind right. You body will follow. We have to remember the brain is in charge. You may have cravings, nay-sayers, bad days or weeks, but ultimately if you are mentally disciplined you will be able to see the tough times through to reach your goals, whatever they may be. Without proper mental preparation we are bound to fall victim to stumbling blocks that inhibit our goals.

Chatter

Let’s address the outside first. Anything outside of yourself and your thoughts is something you can’t control, but will have to deal with none the less. Knowing that it are there or will be haters there allows you to skip the whole surprise thing and move on to dealing with it. We all know what I’m referring to:  all the co-workers, friends, and family, anyone who isn’t aligned with you reaching your goals. Bottom line is that people want you to fail (you disagreeing doesn’t make it any less true; it just makes you more susceptible to believing the chatter). They want you to be lazy, they want you to stay as you are so they can think they have you all figured out. Whenever you try to change yourself for the better (whether it be a diet, a new workout, new education, anything) you are changing the status quo and people get uncomfortable and maybe even threatened by that. Now cue the negative talk, or ‘chatter’ as I like to call it, that inhibits your perseverance in reaching your goal. You have to place all of that aside and focus on your behaviors, your consistency and not on what-if scenarios or other’s opinions or unsupportive undertones.

You

We are our own worst enemy. If we can get our own self talk right then the previous point becomes mute. If we are disciplined in our thoughts and only allow positive, self-motivating, encouragement to flow through our brains all day then the outside chatter becomes like an irrelevant breeze rather than a thundering roar. Eliminating negative self talk, self doubt, and impatience (that last one is a big one for me) is key to following through and achieving our goals.

The Beauty of Being Uncomfortable

Sure it’s great to calorie count, it’s great to work out, it’s great to study rather than watching TV, but each of those things takes discipline. It takes a decision. It takes literally mind over matter. And honestly, it’s not supposed to be easy. If it was easy then everyone would be their ideal size and every kid would love to get straight A’s in school rather than play video games. But the fact of the matter is that most things in life worth doing require being a little (if not a lot) uncomfortable and have determination in the face of laziness. Overcoming the status quo is just that. It requires energy to press on beyond what is already the norm, go a step further, reach a bit farther, get out of your comfort zone to get to the zone you want to be in. Getting that next rep out on your new workout requires pushing past the desire to give in and settle one less. Losing those last five pounds requires skipping the snack that would be a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon or going without a late night treat. Skipping that glass of wine with your dinner or resisting a drink on a night out on the town. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable is the key to success. Allow your mind to discipline your actions and everything else will follow.

Mother Nature

This final piece is directed at all my femme fatales out there. Yes. We are different. Yes. We are equal, but we are very different as well. Mind over matter is great but sometimes the body won’t keep up. Our bodies are created beautifully to create and nurture life, and that should be celebrated and not hated. Regardless of how you chose to perceive it, the fact of the matter is that once every 4 weeks we all (women that is) suffer in varying degrees of intensity from PMS: cramps, bloating, fatigue, cravings or nausea, headaches, even diarrhea, or all of the above thanks to Ms Mother Nature. Your period is no reason to stop dieting, stop being positive, or stop all the positive behaviors you have started. It is a speed bump not a road block. As with anything in life facing obstacles with confidence will allow you to see the light at the end of the tunnel and breeze on through to reach your goal. If you are stressed or overly emotional, recognize it and get some extra sleep each night before and during your time of the month (you body will thank you and your mind will wake up more at peace). If your cramps are out of control try some Taurine, some extra glasses of water throughout the day, and a light elliptical session at the gym. Being okay with being uncomfortable and not using it as an excuse to lie on the couch and eat chocolate is your decision.

You chose your own fate and your own success. Be the boss you are.

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