Oh crap! Summer’s here, and I’m so not ready to sport this bod without a shirt!
It’s all good, I have taken a different approach to getting in shape, and the reasons why I should do it. In the summer of 2012, there were a couple of things that made me change the way I saw fitness and the reasons why I should consider doing it.
The first thing that happen was my youngest uncle passed away do to obis its related issues. Form many years he struggled with his weight, never really took care of himself, and as a result developed high blood pressure and diabetes. A terrible combination.
The second thing that occurred was my doctor informed me that I was pre-everything: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and pre-diabetic. He said he was giving me a year to get things under control, otherwise I would be put on in every kind of medications.
Oh, one more thing, did I mention I looked and felt awful?
It’s a fact, most people who try to get in shape fail, they fail quickly, and they fail often. The reason why most of us do so is because we don’t go into it with the correct mindset. We go into the whole deal as consumers rather than investors. What’s the differences?
Consumers go into things for the now and short term. They want instant gratification, instant satisfaction, and instant results. When they get those quick results, the celebrate with a huge piece of chocolate cake, and in a matter of time, they are back where they were before the started, or worse. If they don’t get the results they want when they want it, they give up. “Oh, well, there’s always next Monday!”
Investors have a different approach. They are in it for the long haul, they have a specific goal in mind, and they are patient with the results. Investors are alway looking for things that will give them a return on their investment. If it doesn’t, they simply won’t go there.
So, what if we took the approach of an investor when it comes to our fitness? Here’s what that would probably look like.
1. Have a specific and clear goals. In investing terms, this is what they call, “the number,” the specific number they want when they retire or become financially independent. Do you know your number? What is the ideal weight you should be at. Not the weight society or other people tell you you should be. There are plenty of tools that can help you arrive at this number. Your doctor is also a good person to ask. You should have a clear goal when it comes to your weight, fat percentage, sugar level, cholesterol level, etc. Know your numbers.
2. Use simple math. Getting in shape is mostly a matter of simple math, the number of calories you consume and burn. If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight and soon be out of shape. It takes burning 3,500 calories to burn one pound. So, if you want to loos weight, you must have a caloric deficit. If you want to maintain, you have to eat the number of calories based on your height, weight, age, and sex. Here’s another great tool you can use.
3. Learn to love the process. In order to be successful you have to love what you do, the same applies to the process of getting fit. What I noticed was that the day getting fit be some a habit, I fell in love with it. Not a soap could go by without doing something to better myself.
4. Constantly monitor your investments. You won’t know how you’re doing unless you monitor yourself. To quote a Jay Z song, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t,” It is very important to constantly monitor your progress. This could mean stepping on that dreaded scale, monitoring how how clothes fit, visiting your doctor to see how your levels are doing. It doesn’t matter what you do to monitor your progress, as long as you monitor it.
5. Commit to it for the long term. Great investors are in it for the long term. They realize that investing is a marathon not a sprint. To be successful in fitness, you must also take the same approach. This is something that you are committing to for the rest of your life.