Let’s take an example. This is not a hypothetical, but me, the author, as the example. I spent 30 years, from when I was 13, until I was 43, fretting about losing weight. I tried various exercise programs, and I tried gimmick diets, and I would lose weight only to gain it back later on. In the following year I lost 40 pounds and I’ve kept it off. I’ve also improved my muscle tone, and found ways to enjoy myself through physical activity I thought I’d have to forgo.
I did about 17 things right to make it all happen (and I will share them all with you in this series of articles, or you can read “Maximize Your Quality of Life” to hear Tom Matt’s version), but the first, and most important thing I did was to realize that I needed to take care of myself. I had spent those three decades waiting for just the right diet and exercise plan to come along and solve all of my problems with health and happiness.
The first and most fundamental step was to get my mind right about the problem and how to fix it. The truth is that I had been defeating myself all those years in spite of every good intention and regardless of my new years resolution. I craved sweets, and resented the need to exercise, but couldn’t admit it to my conscious self. I secretly didn’t think that I deserved to be healthy and happy, so I gave up (unconsciously) and sought, instead, the fun and gratifying approach of eating sweet snacks, and not working very hard at my exercise when I did go.
I deserved better than that, especially from me. I’m so glad I finally decided to take care of me.
You deserve better too. But you are going to have to take care of yourself. I can’t help you, and Tom can’t help you, either. Not really. You can (and should) read his book, and take our seminar, but you are going to make those choices each day to care for you mind, spirit, and body.
The good news is that, once you decide to care for yourself, it brings great joy to make those choices. It gives you something to do, for someone you love, and provides you something for which to hope.
And here is one dirty little secret I can offer that may help convince you: if you merely went for a brisk walk every day, for 30 minutes a day, you would give yourself a gift so great that all your dreams about health and fitness may seem inevitable, rather than impossible.
So if you don’t want to wait to learn more about improving your quality of life, and want to begin right now, push away from the screen you’re using to read this, and go for a brisk walk.
Come back later, and ask yourself how you feel. Let me know.