Hello, dear reader! I’m so happy you read my articles here at Homegrown and Healthy, because this means you want to improve your body and life; however, words without action are meaningless. As Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”
It is time to stop thinking and start doing! I invite you, brave challenger, to join me for a Mind + Body Make-Over! Should you accept this challenge, you will:
- Light the fire of desire, which will light the path to your goal.
- Discover how to leverage your greatest strengths for your success.
- Explore the emotions that influence your eating decisions.
Before you begin, I suggest you obtain a notebook. Not just any notebook. Make it a Special Notebook. This notebook will become your guide. Your compass. Your detective. Your comforter. A source of knowledge, growth, and development.
Choose a notebook that makes you happy. It could be because it’s your favorite color, or maybe it has an elegant design, or maybe it’s a cartoon of a cute and cuddly animal. Something about it should make you smile.
Don’t write your thoughts in any old thing. Get a new notebook specifically for the purpose of your Mind + Body Make-Over and nothing else. You can also use this notebook to track your workout progress to help you stay accountable, and start a food diary to help you be a more mindful eater!
Are you ready? Let’s do this (and no skipping!).
Day 1: Ignite the Fire of Desire
Find 15-20 minutes where you are free of all troubles, responsibilities, and distractions. I would suggest doing this exercise several hours after work to ensure you don’t have any lingering stress from your day. It is of utmost importance that your mind be crystal clear for this exercise (as well as the others).
If you have kids, ask your partner or a parent to watch them for a little while so you can do this in peace. To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. Always remember this.
You need a pen or pencil, your Special Notebook, focus, and silence. Quiet your inner-chatter. Take several deep breaths in an out.Ask yourself: “What benefits would come from pursuing health and fitness?” Don’t concern yourself with any preconceived notions, or why someone else thinks you should do it. Be true. Be real. Be you.
Ponder all of the wonderful things that will happen when you are fit, fierce, and fabulous, without an ounce of shame.
- Imagine how confident and sexy you will feel.
- Imagine how inspired your friends and family will be.
- Imagine the positive example you will be for your children and loved ones.
- Imagine all the fun little things that will happen, like being able to buy a bunch of hot new clothes later, or wearing a new bikini for the first time.
Choose the most vivid and inspiring things that come to mind and write them down in your own words. Now read your list out-loud. Don’t feel silly. It’s okay. Putting your desire in words is powerful. Expressing your desire vocally is equally powerful. Don’t just say it. Believe it firmly, with conviction. Visualize your desire as reality. This will help you develop the courage necessary to make it so.
Tell yourself that you deserve whatever these things are. You deserve to feel sexy. You deserve to be confident. You deserve high energy and inner peace. You deserve an amazing life full of happiness and love.
Ask and you shall receive. Ignite the fire of desire and your path will become crystal clear.
Day 2: Analyze Your Inner Nature
Find 30 minutes where you are free from any distractions. You need your Special Notebook, something to write with, and an atmosphere of peace and quiet. Think about your successes and failures in the past. It could be related to a past diet or exercise plan, your workplace, a relationship, or anything at all.
First let’s look at your successes. What strengths did you use to achieve success? Exactly how did you accomplish this awesome thing? Do you notice any common strengths that resulted in multiple successes?
Now let’s look at the weaknesses. This might not be easy, but it will be beneficial. Don’t be afraid. What weaknesses led to mistakes or errors of judgment in the past? Why did you fail to achieve this specific thing? Do you notice any common weaknesses that resulted in multiple mistakes?
After performing this exercise, you should be able to identify your most powerful strengths and most limiting weaknesses. This is valuable information. Armed with this knowledge, you can now prepare for more success. Ask yourself, “How can I use my strongest strengths to minimize or eliminate my weaknesses?”
Correcting a weakness is more time-consuming and tiresome than making it irrelevant with the power of a strength. For example, I am very bad at focusing in the evening. I simply cannot seem to get anything done, no matter how hard I try. To account for that, I do my high level tasks (such as writing books like this) in the morning, and I save leisure or mindless tasks (like chores) for the evening.
If you found strengths like patience, perseverance, or discipline… these are the kind of things you should work to develop even further.
If you found weaknesses like impatience, shortness of temper, or frustration… these are the kinds of things you should work to minimize or eliminate.
Analyze your strength and weakness inventory. Make a commitment to use this information wisely.
Day 3: Explore the Emotion in Eating
Carry your Special Notebook with you all day and make note of the following for every meal and snack during your day:
- Foods and beverages consumed at every meal and smack
- Thoughts, feelings, or emotions experienced before and after consumption
- Any circumstances, events, or surroundings present before consumption
- Anything else you feel led to write down
Now ask yourself the following questions and write down your answers:
- Are there any surprising trends or similarities present in my behavior?
- Does any certain emotion seem to trigger a hunger for a certain food?
- What thoughts, feelings, and emotions are behind the wheel of my eating decisions?
Ponder your insights for 5-10 minutes and pat yourself on the back. You have accomplished so much!
Congratulations are in order!
You have completed your Mind + Body Make-Over and are well on your way to the healthier, happier life that you deserve. Please be cautioned that inspiration can be a fleeting thing, so if you find yourself feeling down-in-the-dumps several weeks or months from now, feel free to repeat these exercises again. Use them as much as you need to. I bet you just might learn something new about yourself every time you do it! And if you have any friends who you feel might benefit from this article, please share the love VIA Facebook, Twitter, or even a personal e-mail. 🙂
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