Major watershed for me yesterday – I hit the ‘one stone lost’ mark! Yippee! That’s the most I’ve ever lost on any diet, ever.
This adds even more evidence to my belief that to achieve any goal you have to get your mindset right first. That usually means making a firm decision which you feel in your heart, and which you mean seriously, about your desire to reach that goal.
But – most important – you do not necessarily have to know how you will achieve that goal before you take it on. Many people don’t realise this and they give up because they believe they don’t know how to go about whatever it is, especially if they have tried and failed many times before, but if you get it right in your heart and your mind and you really mean it, then you’re virtually home and dry – as long as you take action and keep focused. Of course that means maintaining your awareness at all times so you don’t fall victim to your inner saboteur.
That’s because then it’s only a matter of following a procedure. Once you have made your decision, your first step will become apparent as will each subsequent step. All you have to do is keep going till you get there.
After many half hearted attempts at losing weight and failing every time, things came to a crunch for me a couple of months ago when I was touring in Israel. Most places we went we stayed in hotels, sometimes only for one night, and most hotel rooms have en-suite bathrooms with extensive mirrors.
That meant every time I took a shower I was confronted with the inescapable sight of my unsightly bulk, which, when we were in Eilat, I was mercilessly inflicting on the other unfortunate users of the beach. I could not avoid my situation any longer.
This came to a crisis point in my mind when confronted with the typical Israeli breakfast every morning, which I can only describe as massive. So huge in fact that we couldn’t eat lunch most days.
It got to a point when I was feeling quite distraught about having allowed myself to fall into such a state and feeling powerless to do anything about it and that’s when I realised I’d have to give up playing victim and take back control of my health and well being.
That was the point at which it became possible. I suddenly got serious about my need to lose weight. And immediately I started feeling better.
If you find yourself in a similar position, do not despair. Just get serious and focus your intent like a laser.
More about this in future posts, and I’ll explain why I call this the smoked salmon diet.