Guess what……FIT happens… and It first stems from the mind.
No matter how healthy or fit we feel we have become, at some level we are affected by our past conditioning and how we think. I certainly did not start out life as a fit kid naturally into sports. In fact, I was the complete opposite. At 10 years old, I was a very overweight little girl. I felt complete embarrassment. I felt immense shame. I felt like a defect.
My health and fitness didn’t really start to thrive until I started modeling my mindset after other truly healthy and fit individuals. I learned this at a deeper level while attaining my master’s degree in sport psychology and seeing my colleagues’ and clients’ lives changing phenomenally by upgrading specific thoughts. Everything starts in the mind.
So, I’m so happy to share with you how healthy and fit people think before we dive into the how-tos of truly attaining health and a smokin’ hot bod!
Once we start consciously recognizing these limiting beliefs (many of which are programmed from your past), then we can begin taking steps to improve them. By helping to upgrade the way we think, we will be empowered to make better decisions in the present.
***These are only concepts; they are in no way an insult to anyone facing health challenges. I absolutely do not believe that healthy people are better than unhealthy people. This newsletter discusses how a person’s thinking and mentality can affect his or her state of health and fitness.
‘Ok Stef, spill the secret sauce. Fix my brain so I can burn fat!’
5 Mindsets of the Healthy –
Mindset #1: Healthy people believe they are in total control of their destiny as opposed to their destiny being predetermined.
The healthy don’t ever allow physical limitations to stop them from achieving their divine destiny.
The first person that comes to mind when I think about not letting physical limitations stop them from truly living is Nick Vujicic. Born without arms & legs, his life was certainly never easy. He has overcome adversity and his life is now filled with joy and purpose. At 30 years old, Nick has a wife and they travel the world, speaking to the masses with inspiring messages of hope and accomplishment. He realized that we all need love and hope and that he was in a unique position to share that with people. He also says to ‘Dream big my friend and never give up. We all make mistakes, but none of us are mistakes. Take one day at a time. Embrace the positive attitudes, perspectives, principles and truths I share, and you too will overcome.’ What are some of your unique gifts and talents? How can the world elevate from your presence? After all, you did arrive for a divine purpose.
Mindset #2: The healthy get their metabolism to work for them instead of trading time for health.
I call this a healthy investment! Liabilities are the extremely low-calorie yo-yo diets we hear about….the yo-yo dieter experiences initial weight loss on the scale, (and, by the way, greatly taxes the liver, adrenals and hormonal system). If their precious organs and systems of their body become negatively taxed, then their metabolism, (aka great transmission of the body), has nothing to give in return. The yo-yo dieter ends up gaining all the weight back and then some, setting themselves up for some kind of dis-ease because of imbalances and deficiencies.
In contrast, assets are permanent lifestyle changes. The healthy metabolism investor has educated themselves on quality nutrition and a sound workout program that works for them. They master the skill of consistency, and long term, their metabolism begins to pay back to them! Because their hormonal system & metabolism are running efficiently, they can be burning fat more efficiently during workouts and even at rest!
Mindset #3: Healthy people influence their friends and family members in positive, inspiring ways and bring them along for the journey.
One of my most inspiring clients, ‘Mark’, (for the sake of confidentiality, I’ve changed his name), had spent years on a downhill addictive path of drugs and alcoholism, & jail time. He could have easily thrown the rest of his life away. He hired me and we began rebuilding his physique and life. Mark dedicated his entire life to quality nutrition, workouts and a better life. In addition to helping Mark get to a muscular and shredded 5% bodyfat, I also helped him accomplish one of his life goals of becoming a certified personal trainer! Today, Mark is sober and continues to help his family, friends and community by his fitness example and training and has inspired many.
Mindset #4: Healthy people focus on opportunities instead of obstacles.
Sports psychologists use mental skills training to help enhance athlete’s performance. One aspect of this training entails looking at the bright side of a situation. This is a form of positive psychology. According to Seligman, ‘[seeing obstacles instead of opportunities] doesn’t just affect behavior; it also reaches down to the cellular level and makes the immune system more passive.’ Healthy individuals are less likely to give up on their exercise routine when a challenge arises. Practicing a daily positive attitude is a source of inner strength, and overall health.
Mindet #5: Healthy people see fear differently – they learn to act in spite of it.
Pema Chondron said, “If you never know the nature of fear, then you can never be fearless.” Healthy people recognize the presence of fear, and trek forward regardless because they understand that fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth, or higher accomplishments.
Enjoy the journey now, and the destination is all that much easier. Train hard, train smart, friends!
Yours in fitness, health & life,