Who is on your team?
Birds of a feather flock together… we’ve all heard the expression. Another one is, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. How about this one?? Introduce me to the 5 people closest to you, and I will predict your future. CEO of Pro-Train Food for Fitness, Chris Wilson makes it a point to hang-out with and hold mastermind sessions with individuals who either have stronger personality characteristics and strengths in specialties that he wants to get better in OR those who share personality characteristics and strengths in things that he wants.
Many of us use food as a reward. This is not such a good idea, Chris tells us. “You had a bad day, you say to hell with it, you order pizza and have a beer,” he offers. “Or, you get a promotion, and you feel great! You decide to celebrate—with pizza and a beer. Good or bad, you reward yourself with guilty food. But there are better ways to reward yourself, ones that won’t hurt your body. Get yourself a massage, take yourself out to the movies, think of something else you like and want.” And, Chris reminds us, “It’s not that you can’t have pizza and a beer. But ask yourself—do you really want the pizza because you had a bad day, or just because you want it? And if you want it, that’s fine, incorporate it honestly and thoughtfully as part of your regular week—not as an emotional impulse.”
Take the Final Step
Chris tells us that people move through three levels in their relationship to nutrition and weight loss. At the first level, a new client might come in accustomed to eating fast food, junk food, a lot of sugary and processed food, and practicing no portion control. At the second level, after some education and practice, people know to avoid those foods, and instead eat salmon, brown rice, whole grains—they have learned to eat healthy. People at this level will lose weight, for a while. But they will plateau, and at that point, Chris says, it’s time to take the final step: portion control.
To stay on top of your weight, you really need to watch how much you eat, even of healthy foods. And this will be particularly difficult when eating out, especially for people who eat out often. For restaurants, Chris says, “The more questions you ask, the better. How is this meat cooked? How much are you serving me? They may stare—but they may actually know and will answer. Portions can get huge, and you would like to know the quantities.” Know what you’re eating, and how much of it you’re eating, for every meal. And remember, write it all down in a record book. This keeps you honest and on-track—and will, down the road, be a great document for seeing how hard you’ve worked and how far you’ve come!
In closing, if you need any personal help or more one on one guidance feel free to shoot us an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org we will be glad to point you in the right direction and help where we can. Remember, you’re not alone and we are here to help you succeed!