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Sunday, February 10, 2013

I'm a data guy.
Facts, figures, numbers - all of it interests me.
Because knowledge is power.

I capture information such as my weight.
What I eat.
My workouts.
How my food tracking and exercising is going.
And I know that correct interpretation of that data - those pieces of reality - is vital.
There is always the opportunity to let a misinterpretation of that data allow unhealthy beliefs and attitudes creep into my life.
I absolutely Absolutely ABSOLUTELY KNOW that my BELIEFS and ATTITUDES affect and effect my thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

Because I know that it is easy to let one’s beliefs and attitudes misinterpret reality, twist it and blow it out of proportion, and ultimately sabotage attempts to lose weight, get fit and become healthier.

I am fortunate that I am not one who has suffered from anxiety or depression and I BENEFIT from being able to clearly separate what I believe about an event (such as an individual scale reading) and that event itself.

I benefit from my mindset.


By working on my core beliefs which includes beliefs about me personally and about what is possible, I create this multiplier effect in my life.
Because it is MORE than just creating a caloric deficit.
A caloric deficit is a NECESSARY component.
But is isn't SUFFICIENT.

Because anyone - ANYONE - can create a caloric deficit.
I’ve done that LOTS of times.

Whether you are following a reasonable diet (and let's be CLEAR here - I'm using the word "diet" in the sense of "the food that I eat", not meaning any particular book diet or plan) that brings about a caloric deficit OR you are doing something unwise (yeah, feel free to defend it but it isn’t a reasonable course of action) like doing a“detoxifying juice cleanse”...

You can create a caloric deficit.

But that's not enough.

Creating a caloric deficit is necessary to lose weight but if the MINDSET isn't right, well you're going to have a difficult time losing weight and more importantly SUSTAINING any weight loss.

So my goal every day - EVERY DAY - is to focus on my MINDSET.

Focus on my core beliefs.
Focus on my attitudes.
Focus on my thoughts.
Focus on what matters.

That mindset focus is what makes the difference.

How’s YOUR mindset?

I hope it is strong.

Do you know you that YOU are strong?
THAT needs to be one of your core beliefs.

Do you know that you CAN lose weight, get fit and become healthier?
THAT needs to be your attitude.

Do you think that it is possible to change?
Do you think that it takes time and commitment?
Do you think that you can overcome minor setbacks?
Do you think that you can persevere - NO, not just persevere but thrive and succeed?
THOSE need to be your thoughts.

Do you know what matters?
It’s IMPERATIVE that you do.
One thing is your health.


Cultivate a strong, focused mindset.

It will help you succeed with your weight loss efforts.

But more importantly, it will help you succeed in life.

You can do this.

You are strong.
Strong enough.
Much stronger than you may think.

Make it a great day!

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for the use of these images!]

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WORKNPROGRESS49 2/19/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon blog!!!! emoticon

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EMMACLAIRE5 2/12/2013 12:59PM

    Too true!! Working on my mindset today :-)

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LEANJEAN6 2/12/2013 6:51AM

    Woo! Powerful blog---I love it!! So true too!-Lynda emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 2/12/2013 6:47AM

  Yes how true! What will defeat you is the tape playing in your head. Once those negative thoughts get in there, it is a good indication that it is time to reset the thoughts to focus on the positive

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CLPURNELL 2/11/2013 9:19PM

    emoticon emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 2/11/2013 8:46PM

    I agree that the mind is a powerful tool to help in this journey!

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CTMOM2KIDS 2/11/2013 6:49PM

    Good blog... I just past the 3 months mark and as of tomorrow I will have completed my 14th week since my Spark "rebirth." Like you, I have lost weight tons of times. I have lost the same 30 or 40 pounds many times before because I KNOW how to create a calorie deficit. What I have lacked before is the right mindset, the mental wherewithal to break through the wall and keep driving for change.

Right now I am coming up on that wall. I am being tested where the "newness" of the program is giving way to the drudgery that is the program. The honeymoon is over and I am faced with the reality that I am in it for the long haul. What is your strategy for breaking through the wall? How do you stop the demons from crawling in your head?

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SUGAR0814 2/11/2013 1:13PM

    Great! Thanks for sharing! Inspirational!

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DOVESEYES 2/11/2013 5:22AM

    Love the the pics, I think they'll pop into my head when I'm focusing. absolutely great work. emoticon

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MICKEYH 2/11/2013 12:25AM

    I also think up to your mindset. If you have right mind set you can achieve your goal, maybe even your long time dream. (*^^*)

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LADYABIGAIL627 2/10/2013 11:03PM

    Matt, first I have to say, I love all of your blogs. They always inspire me and make me feel like, yes! I can do this.
I have a question on this one for you. What is your practice for keeping your focus? How do you make yourself believe those thoughts and then it changes your perspective? Do you have mantras or affirmations you say? How often are you doing this?
I ask because when I am still and quiet, I believe that I am worthy, focused, and strong. It just makes sense to me and I feel it deep down. However there is a majority of the time that the insecure thoughts creep in. It is literally a full-time job to stay in check. If that's how it has to be, then okay. I was just wondering what you do or your thoughts on this. Thank you.

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DALID414 2/10/2013 9:37PM

    You've become part of what gets me through my Body Pump class, just as I'm losing form from fatigue I tell myself: I am strong. Stronger than I think I am.
I push through. Thanks for the mental push.

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