We have all heard of the saying ‘mind over matter’, but until this saying slaps you in the face on your fitness journey, they are just words.
You can have the best personal trainer (Rev), and a very knowledgeable nutritionist on your side, but if your mind is not on the right page, you will not see the progress you desire!
It’s one thing knowing that you’re not meant to eat a block of chocolate in one sitting, it’s another thing to use your willpower to prevent it from happening.
Health and fitness is about sustainability, this is a concept that Rev lives by.
Telling yourself that you are ‘not allowed’ something, will result in your mind going into overdrive telling you that you ‘need’ that piece of food.
I, personally, have always been an all or nothing type person. However, it is so important that my mind is in the game before I take any of these routes.
Here’s an example, in 2015 I watched the movie That Sugar Film (highly recommended). It shocked me and made me extremely curious.
I knew I could quit sugar, my mind knew I could quit sugar, so what did I do?
I quit sugar for 8 solid months.
Quitting sugar was easy, why? Because my mind was in the game.
Fast forward two years.
We had to make ourselves a 14 day food task, mine was to only have chocolate on Sunday (cutting it out completely is not sustainable for me).
The task began on Monday, and on Monday night I went on a chocolate binge. My mind was not in it and I was restricting myself which made me want it even more.
I felt horrible the next day, my body felt horrible and I was suffering with regret. Mind to the rescue.
I did not like that feeling, my mind knew that, so I didn’t even bat an eyelid at chocolate for the rest of the week.
In February this year, after 6 months of not running, I tried to go for a run. I got to about 3km and ‘had’ to stop because I was so unfit.
Was I really that unfit? No. I simply did not want to run so my mind told my body that it was sore and tired and that I needed to stop.
I joined Rev’s fitness in March and got my confidence and hunger for fitness back.
3 weeks after that struggling 3km run, I ran 9km easy.
Why? Mind over matter.
I am human, I often question my ability to do things outside my comfort zone, but with a bit of confidence and having your mind on your side, anything is possible.
When I say anything, I mean a realistic anything! Not the ability to fly or to squat a truck!
Your mind is your most powerful possession. Not just in health and fitness, but in life.
If you are going to invest time on yourself, spend it on opening and training your mind to think positively.
One thing that helped me through times when my mind was in the negative zone, was reading.
I went from reading fiction books to reading positive self-help books and I have never looked back.
Do yourself a favour and read Jen Sincero’s ‘You are a Badass. How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life’. This book literally changed my life.
If you are a Kardashian fan, and even if you’re not, read Khloe Kardashian’s ‘Strong Looks Better Naked’.
I am human, I am real, I eat blocks of chocolate in one sitting, I have lazy days/weeks, I tell myself I can’t lift heavy weights and I can’t run a certain distance.
But what I have learned through reading, is that these are just bumps in the road, slip ups happen.
Turn the page, move on and be stronger. Mind, body and soul.