I remember one time when I was seventeen; I was hiking in the mountains with a few friends. We walked up a steep hill and I had to stop every twenty feet or so to catch my breath.
My friends teased me because I was lean and muscular and looked like I was in great shape on the outside. The problem was I had no endurance because I’d trained my body with low reps, heavy weight, and lots of rest between sets.
That’s ok if all you want is large muscles. But it’s a poor combination for overall fitness.
And to make it worse I smoked, chewed tobacco, and drank tons of coffee and soda.
Basically I was the poster child for how to abuse your body but still look like you’re fit.
I didn’t understand that my body had to last my entire life. I know, it sounds silly. But I was guilty of the same immortality complex that many youth have.
The problem wasn’t with my workout routine or my habits though. They were problems. But they weren’t “The Problem”.
The Problem was with my Subconscious Beliefs about being “In Shape” and with my Subconscious Beliefs about what “Physically Fit” meant. In my Subconscious Mind I believed that physical fitness was all about how good I looked without a shirt. Forget whole body fitness or cardiovascular work! My subconscious belief system didn’t include anything about functional fitness or bodyweight exercises either. I believed that pumping cold, hard iron was the only way to build muscle.
So what happened?
By the time I was in my early thirties I’d ballooned to 230lbs. of jiggling, unsightly FAT! Forget taking my shirt off in public. I was even embarrassed for my wife to see me without my shirt!
And then came the day that a doctor told me I was, “Grossly Obese…” I didn’t think that was fair because I only weighed 235lbs. And by society’s standards I was overweight but not obese! But the doctor was talking about a medical point of view and according to the body mass index I was “Grossly Obese.” Besides, at just over 5ft 9in tall, 235lbs. of non-muscled mass is unsightly and very unhealthy.
I listened to the doctor and decided I had to do something about my weight and overall health. But I’d tried working out during the years since high school and it always seemed to end the same way. I’d decide to “Get In Shape” and start going to the gym. Then I’d work out like a maniac for 2 to 2.5 hours a day 6 days a week.
That might work when you’re young and single but for a married dad it’s problematic to maintain that kind of schedule. But as you understand, that was my Subconscious Mind’s Beliefs about fitness manifesting!
So to keep from taking time away from my family I’d exercise first thing in the morning before I went to work. But, as you imagine, I never kept that up for long. I’d usually make it about 6 months—just long enough to see a real difference in my physique before burning out and starting to miss workouts. And once I started missing workouts I’d miss more and more until I wasn’t working out at all.
And the cycle went round and round.
Something clicked after that doctor told me I was “Grossly Obese” though. I realized I’d better change my method because my method obviously wasn’t working.
A few days later I had an epiphany. I decided I’d stop trying to “Get In Shape” and start trying to live a fitness lifestyle instead. That was a massive subconscious shift. I stopped worrying about how much weight I could bench press or squat and started to focus on being healthy. I decided to make healthy choices and have functional fitness. I started training with bodyweight exercises, which exercise muscle groups instead of specific muscles. That was another tremendous shift for my Subconscious Mind.
As you realize, I’d dramatically changed my subconscious mind’s beliefs about what fitness is. The power in my new Subconscious Beliefs gave me lasting purpose and helped me develop a fitness lifestyle instead of bouncing from one a temporary fitness goal to another.
The end result of my new subconscious beliefs was that I went from 235lbs to 175lbs within six months! And the best part is that since then—nearly 7 years ago now—I’ve stayed healthy and fit and kept exercising on a regular basis because overall health and fitness is now my lifestyle!
If you want to learn how to reprogram your Subconscious Mind and get the results you desire in any area of your life Read Your Blueprint, Life by Design and Break Your Mold: The Art of Overcoming Patterns and Behaviors that Hold You Back!
You Are The Master of Your Destiny!
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