I went out of town for about a week. One of my plans while out of town was to eat whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted. I would eat without any thought toward food consumption and what it might do. The results after coming home are staggering.

Before I left: 207.4 lbs.

The morning after I came home: 216.2 lbs.

That’s a net gain of about 9 lbs. in 6 days. For me this experiment was needed to put to rest the notion that some have that I can just eat whenever I want without consequence because of my super metabolism. But it also shed some light to me on why it is so difficult to keep extra weight off. Here’s what I think:

We aren’t properly taught in school or at home (at least I wasn’t taught at home), how to manage food intake, eat healthy, and exercise. Sure there may be the odd ‘health class’ here and there. But for the most part, it simply dabbles into health topics without really getting into what is required to manage weight. I think we build up a lack of attention to health throughout our younger years and into our older years where we start to notice the ill effects. But by then, it becomes very difficult to change because of the wiring in our brains to just eat whenever we feel like it.

But there is good news. It is possible to make the change. I’m fortunate to have lost 50 lbs. in the past. So for me, losing the 10 lbs. I gained won’t be a problem. In fact, I plan on losing the weight down to about 200 lbs. All that is required is a shift back to the mentality I had when doing P90X. Here’s what I did that was very effective for me when working out and losing weight:

  • Wake up early before 7:00 AM.
  • Drink a glass of water – guzzle it all the way.
  • Take my multi-vitamin.
  • Do a 30 – 60 minute workout. Make sure to get sweaty, whether it is weights or cardio.
  • Reward myself with a Shakeology shake.

This simple routine in the morning wires my brain for success. Throughout the day, I think about the victory I had in the morning and it becomes so much easier to say “No” to extra food. When I start the day without this victory, I feel like I can just splurge because I haven’t created in my mind that victory condition.

The challenge though is if you have never adopted a routine that has caused you to lose weight in your lifetime. Fortunately, many of us have lost a few pounds by doing something, whether it was walking, engaging in a certain activity, or what have you. The key is to take yourself back to that moment each day consistently. It’s like knowing the combination to the safe with all the goodies in it. Go back to the time in your life where you lost weight and had success. It really is the key to sustained weight loss.

My hope is that there is some ritual or set of behaviors in your past that you adopted when you were at your healthiest, happiest time. Go back to that moment. What were you doing? How were you moving? Then just take that attitude and approach and do it with the present day.

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