Can you ever get too much of success stories? I can't…
I decided to include a success stories page on the book's website,
so take a look and get inspired:
Belief and Motivation
Belief, as in believing that we can achieve a goal, is a necessity, motivation is not. Motivation is something we make ourselves and we cannot rely on it (the only thing we can rely on is discipline, but I'll get to that in the next chapter). Belief has to be strong and consistent. Belief is a choice and we chose to believe. We have to build belief and cultivate it. With belief comes motivation. Motivation is a byproduct of belief.
We raise our belief a lot by writing down our goal and it get's even better if we write it by hand on a piece of paper, have that piece of paper by our bed and read the goal every night before we go to sleep and every morning before we start our day. Write the goal in present tense as if it is already true, don't use don'ts but use positive statements and make it as specific as possible. Here are some examples: "I wear a size __, my weight is stabile, I love my body and I enjoy my lifestyle" or "I weigh __, my weight is stabile, I love my body and I enjoy my lifestyle" or " My waist measures __ and stays there, I love my body and I enjoy my lifestyle". As you can see I think that last sentence is very important "I love my body and I enjoy my lifestyle" and isn't that the real goal? I think it is. But we do need to be specific and include the first half of the goal too or else we don't know where we are heading.
When we tell ourselves our goal again and again as if it's already true our brain starts to think of it as already true and will help build the necessary motivation to make it true. We can't live with a gab between what we believe is true for us and a different reality. If there's a gab between where we are and where we believe we belong we will make the gab disappear.
Have you ever thought about why there are so many books about losing weight? Obviously because a lot of people need to lose weight, but also be because a lot of people gain the weight back after having lost it. There are very few books about keeping the weight off, or as I like to think of it, about keeping the goal weight, and also importantly, keeping it while living a lifestyle you enjoy, where you don’t feel deprived and miserable. This was the thought I had when I first got the idea of writing this book. The next thought I had, was that there really is a need for the context of such a book. If we can get people to keep the goal weight, think about how it would affect the health problems we face in the society today, and think about how much more effective all the diets would be, if we actually thought that once we lost the weight we were actually capable of keeping it off. We would have a bigger reason to follow through on the diets in the first place.
So this book is not another diet, but it offers you a way to create your own unique lifestyle while keeping your goal weight. It teaches you what to do. It’s written for many different people. For the person who wants to lose weight and keep it off, for the person who has lost the weight and wants to keep it off, for the person who wants to know if there’s a reason to start the weight loss in the first place and for the person who struggles with the weight and wants to not have to fight all the time. I was in that last category and this book is also the product of me finding my way. I have been competing in physique competitions many times and I always struggled after a competition diet. I always gained back all the fat I'd lost. I needed to find a solution. It seemed so wrong to go through a diet to lose the overweight just to put it all back on once I achieved the goal. I also gained it back faster and faster every time and then to make things worse I also seemed to struggle more and more every time I dieted down again to the next competition. I knew that there had to be a solution to this and I decided to find it, put it to practice and write this book.
I believe that this book could be the missing link for you and your health for the rest of your life.