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Mental Toughness: Week 1, Part I

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DISCLAIMER: My blog entries about "Die Fat or Get Tough" reflect the hard-hitting directness of the book. If you aren't ready to hear the word "fat", or don't want to take responsibility for your condition, please don’t complain if you choose to keep reading and get offended.

"Die Fat or Get Tough" (I'll call it DFGT for short) covers 101 differences in the way fat people think and fit people think. Siebold suggests that by applying its messages, you should see results in 12 weeks. To cover 101 chapters (only 1 1/2 pages each) in 12 weeks, I figured I need to read 8 chapters a week. Well, actually 8.416666666666667 chapters a week, but I'm rounding off.

Lessons Learned:

• I am fat. Not just overweight, chubby, voluptuous, Rubenesque, big-boned, or pleasantly plump. Once I would have been offended by the word fat, but hey, it is what it is. And being this way is sucking out my life force, damaging my self-esteem, and affecting my relationships.

• Unless there is something medically or psychologically wrong with me (which thankfully there isn't), getting fat is my fault. BUT, with diet, exercise, and mental toughness, I can change it.

• Start eating more for health than pleasure. How awesome would it be to know that I will feel healthier after a meal, rather than lethargic and bloated?

Someone put these in the breakroom at work today. Can you smell the sugar? And yes, I did pass them up.

• Diets work. But a diet is only as successful as the person following it (read: personal responsibility). When I blame a diet for my failure, I end up feeling frustrated and hopeless, not to mention much heavier.

AWESOME QUOTE: "Make a decision to stop treating your diet like a hobby and start treating it like a battle you must win." (p.4)

• No one is going to rescue me. I can get a personal trainer, a weight loss program, all the best exercise gadgets in the world, but my success is up to me. I can rescue myself!

AWESOME QUOTE: "Decide that you are the problem and you are the solution." (p.6)

I got myself fat, I forgive myself, and I am focusing on getting fit. emoticon

• Diet does not equal fad. Diet is not a four letter word, and it's not a short term solution. A diet is a STRATEGY for controlling weight and health, and it's a lifetime process. And oooooh, how smart is that?

AWESOME QUOTE: " is the result of a calculated strategy." (p. 8)

This really helps, since I'm now following the Weight Watchers Points Plus program. I like the structure, and it helps manage my macronutrients. I've put my food intake on a budget!

*DFGT posts are written in my own words, except for cited quotes. I am only highlighting messages that were meaningful to me. For more detail, buy the book - it's worth the read.
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  • JEWELLE217
    I guess I need to read this. Thanks for the info!
    2335 days ago
  • SUSANS706
    Great blog, sometimes it's hard to hear the cold hard truth! I am tired of my excuses too, I am taking action! emoticon
    2335 days ago
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