If you’re ready to get into shape and really change your life, the first place to start is within your own mind. Leading a healthy, active lifestyle often calls for taking a mind-over-matter approach. Working out, eating right and making good choices calls for positive thinking to reinforce the actions you know you need to take. When you explore your own thought processes and your “mind chatter,” you will likely find that the key to unlock the positive lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of leading has always been there.
The truth is that success is often born from a positive and healthy outlook to everything in life. When you examine your thoughts and the chatter that you “speak” to yourself on a daily basis, you are likely to find you are your own worst enemy. Open your eyes and your mind to your daily thoughts, and really hear what you tell yourself. You must learn to eliminate self-sabotaging “head trash” and negative chatter. Stop telling yourself you can’t and start saying you can. When you do, some amazing things are going to happen.
While this sounds all well and good, you’re probably wondering how to get from Point A to Point B. Here are a few tricks and tips that can help you change your mind and your life.
- Spend a few days truly listening to yourself – Grab a notebook and a pen. Jot down the negative thoughts you have. Listen to what you say to yourself in your mind. Explore what you are saying and consider what triggers your own negative responses.
- Learn to speak kinder to yourself – Positive affirmations aren’t just New Age mumbo jumbo. They can actually work. Learn to program your mind to believe in yourself, self-confidence can unlock your true potential. Set realistic goals and keep telling yourself you can attain them. Take that same notebook you used to record your thoughts and write down the positives about yourself. Focus on these positives that you know to be true and use them to build up your life in other aspects.
- Enlist help – When you’re trying to change your mind so you can change your life, positive influences can go a very long way. Find others who are like minded and have similar goals and form a support group, if nothing else just to hold each other accountable! Ask family and friends to assist, having support from your immediate family can be the difference between success and failure. Let them know your goals, how important they are to you, what you are doing to reach them, and how they can lend a hand by offering moral support. Having a cheering section rooting for you can build your self-esteem and it can give you the motivation you need to keep going even when the road ahead is tough.
- Go To The Movies – No, I don’t mean your local movie theater to catch the latest flick. I’m referring to the theater of the mind, visualization techniques have long been used by the world’s most successful people and can without a doubt help you achieve the life you’ve always wanted.
Take 15-30 minutes daily, find a quiet room and go to your theater. Close your eyes and imagine the life you want to live playing out on a movie screen, what would you see? Visualize in great detail everything you ever wanted in life and how it feels, don’t leave anything out!
Do this every day or even a few times per week and great things will begin to happen, but just like anything worth having in life it takes commitment! Sound like a bunch of hocus pocus…? It’s not, the nervous system doesn’t know the difference between something that’s happening in your mind or something happening in reality.
Here is a must read story giving you real life proof right here at Punch Kettlebell Gym Dover that if you change your mind, you can change your life!
“I have been a recreational runner/jogger since high school and started doing marathons and running local races just after college. I also started weight lifting during my freshman year in college to supplement my cardio. Ever since I lost my “freshman 15” from college, I have maintained a healthy weight of about 140lbs for the last 10-15 years. I never thought of myself as heavy but just like any girl, I always wanted to lose 5-10 pounds, or wished my legs or butt were just a little smaller.
I have belonged to a gym in one form or another for almost 20 years and I can truly say that they are all about the same…some have fancier equipment than others but they all depend on the motivation of the members to use the fancy equipment. The reality is that some days you’re motivated, some days you’re not. But if you chose to stay on the couch, I guarantee that the guy working the front desk won’t call and ask you where you are.
I heard about Punch Kettlebell gym from a friend. He said that they do crazy things like flip tires, lift stones and use ropes during their workouts. Being the competitive person that I am, naturally I was intrigued. So I called the number and left a message. I remember playing a bit of phone tag with Chris initially but he was very persistent (Chris? No way!!) and never gave up trying to make contact with me. A few days later, I had a consultation appointment with him. During the interview I remember telling him how I was generally self-conscious about my body and how my main goals were not necessarily to lose weight but to convert fat to muscle and see if I could push myself to the next level of fitness. I was skeptical that this could ever happen based on a long track record of running and working out with the same results. But I decided to sign up anyway and give it a try…why not? I didn’t realize at that time that my decision to join the Punch family would change my life.
During my initial measurements in early March 2010, my weight was 143lbs and body fat at 18.5%. I committed to working out at Punch 4 days per week…3 of those days being at 5:00am…while maintaining 6 days/week of cardio (running or cross training). I already had a relatively good diet but I cleaned it up even further by eliminating all refined sugars, choosing mostly low GI foods paired with high quality/lean protein sources and only eating small amounts of healthy fats. I also started incorporating Sunrider tea and Fortune Delight into my daily routine. By January 2011, I had dropped 9 pounds and 7% body fat and lost inches from every spot on my body.
Fast forward to September 2011… by continuing to maintain my workout schedule of 4 (sometimes 5) days per week at Punch plus 6 days per week of cardio and having a very clean, healthy diet, I have dropped another 7 pounds (16 total since March 2010) and 3% body fat (10% total since March 2010). All of these changes have resulted in more energy, motivation and even faster running times! I frequently race in small local 5K and 10K charity runs, and win in my age group (sometimes come in first place for all females!). And the last marathon I ran in December was my fastest time in over 5 years! I am almost 36 years old and feel stronger, leaner and healthier than I have ever felt before in my life. And I am 100% certain that Punch Gym and its wonderful staff have EVERYTHING to do with it!”
When it’s time to effect positive changes in your life, the place to start is within. Look into your mind and learn to reinforce the positives and throw out the negatives. Once your belief system is in the right place, there are no limits to what you can accomplish.
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