I was talking to a friend of mine who was a personal trainer.
We were going on about how much the mind comes into play with training. There with us, was another friend who had recently lost 60 pounds. We both started discussing the mental games many have to play when they first lose a lot of weight.
Well, when someone starts to lose weight and change their body they go one of two ways:
They’re forever changed and body rockin’ for the rest of their lives. They write cook books and either Oprah, Dr. Phil, or Star Jones interviews them.
Or, they spend several years “yo-yo-ing” back and forth into alternating states of fit and fat. They struggle to keep and sustain the change in their bodies because they are literally “programmed” to be overweight.
If the person they see in their head is 50 lbs heavier than the person everyone else sees then they will continually fall into bouts of self-sabotage till the person (and body) they are familiar with matches.
Evan, this personal trainer, said when he trained people who lost serious amounts of weight that he’d have them burn their clothes. They’d always insist that they donate, or worse, keep the ill-fitting clothes as a reminder.
He always gave them an enthusiastic NO!
He would tell them to burn their clothes as a way of sealing the deal and making the change permanent because the person who wore those clothes no longer exists. They ceased to be the second the weight was lost. To keep them would always foreshadow the return of the former *fatter* self.
I loved it. I even thought about taking it a step further. If we have changes to make, that we know are holding us back and causing things like excessive weight-gain, we should burn the clothes *before* the weight is lost.
I think we too often give ourselves an out. We want something but don’t reallllyyyy go all in. Well, burning the clothes that fit, when smaller sizes should fit would be a great way to ante up and go “all in”.
I hope that anecdote helps you. 🙂
If you’re on the fence about something, look around, there is always something to burn. Something you could risk that would force you to act and prove to others (and way more importantly, yourself) that you’re not f**kin around.
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