MIND

The journey that you are about to embrace to become a healthy, fit, energetic person will not be an easy one, but you CAN achieve your goals! It will require time, sacrifice, persistence and consistency to break through the first few weeks of your new life. Most people who try to get into shape end up giving up the first month, but why? A common pattern is that some people drastically change their lifestyles to meet a specific goal, but when results are not immediate, they give up. Whatever the goal may be, people seem to start the first week full throttle. By the second week, they feel more tired, and may even have an increased appetite without seeing any results. Finally, at the end of the month, they do not see a change in their weight or any change in their bodies, and give up. The funny thing is that their bodies were just getting used to a new lifestyle, and were just ready to “jump into high gear” (change of metabolism). Unfortunately, they may walk away having a bad experience, and thinking “working out sucks”.

Let me ask you this — how long has it been since you were 100% satisfied with yourself? I was dissatisfied for 10 years! I knew that it would not be possible for me to change 10 years of my life and behavior in just a few weeks; I knew that it would take time. First, I needed to change the way that I thought and behaved. The mind is one of your most powerful tools to help you reach your goals. By learning how to train and trick yourself, it will be easier to pass through the first stage of your new lifestyle and be more devoted to your workouts. Be consistent, and before you know it, your workout will be a habit, and an important part of your life. “Change your habits”, “add new behaviors”, and “make a routine of it”. We also like to find excuses for not staying in shape: my genetics, my health, I’m too old, I’m too young, I don’t have enough time, it’s raining outside, I’ll go tomorrow, etc. You don’t hear people say, “I don’t have time to brush my teeth today”, or “I don’t have time to shower today” — but you often hear “I don’t have time to workout today”.

You need to be committed to your goals. You learned as a kid how to multiply, by constantly repeating numbers and results. You did not know why 5 x 5 = 25, but you knew that it was right.

YOGA

You trained your mind to get used to repetition, the same way you follow a routine today — get up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, go to work, etc. I’m sure that you also have a favorite TV show that you like to watch after work. How would you feel if you missed that show, maybe a bit angry? This show has become part of your daily routine, and when you are unable to see it, you miss it. The same thing applies to your workout — you just need to add a new behavior to your daily routine. If you have time to come home from work and sit down and watch TV, then you do have the time to workout. No one can do it for you…Take action! Be in control! Find a goal, and reach for it — no excuses anymore. MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES!! Once your mindset has changed, your body will respond.

Rolando Amorim

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