May 7, 2010

How to Lose All the Weight You Want

Welcome to a blissfully short and useful post.

The secret to losing all the weight you need to lose is the same secret that will give you a new outlook on life. You will feel better than you have ever felt before. Your mind will be clear and you will find it easy to eliminate negative thought patterns for once and all. You will free yourself from anxiety and depression. You will know peace.

I kid you not.

Why write about losing weight? Because a friend asked about it. The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is no secret. It’s just that people refuse to understand a simple premise:

How you feel and what you think
Arise from what you eat and drink.

I should probably toss something in there about getting off your butt and walking a bit, but I prefer the couplet.

Fact: All you need do to maintain a healthy mind and body is to eat well and walk every day.

What it all boils down to is this: Eliminate sugar and white flour from your diet. In fact, if it’s white, don’t eat it. Then walk for 30 minutes a day. If you’re confined to a wheelchair, wheel yourself around for 30 minutes a day. Seriously.

Don’t give me any of that, “But I love my cookies” stuff. I love ice cream. I could eat it every single day. But I’d feel lousy. Feeling lousy is not one of my top priorities. Granted, I have ice cream every now and then, but I do so realizing that when I wake up the next day feeling crappy, I chose to feel that way.

Hey, maybe you like feeling lousy. Having aches and pains. Struggling with anxiety and depression. If that’s the case, off with you, then. Enjoy. You can help yourself to my share of that pie, too. I’ve been there and am unwilling to go back.

You will find that this weight-loss “secret” works. And it works quickly. You may have withdrawal symptoms for about seven days after quitting the sugar. So what? Isn’t it worth a little temporary discomfort knowing that you can feel wonderful every single day? Thank goodness you don’t have to be perfect at it. Do all that you can do as best you can do it every day. Forget about yesterday’s successes or failures, and pay no attention to tomorrow until it gets here.

Get mindful about choosing what you want from life. That’s the whole point of becoming the Maximum You. Take responsibility for what you want! Pay attention and choose well.

And lose that unwanted weight while you’re at it.

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