When I get home and open the pantry, there's chocolate kisses and candies everywhere. As soon as I see them, as any of us would do, I grab one. Except, I don't open it. I look at it for a brief second and then find myself returning it to it's place. I ensure I don't pick it up a second time by telling myself that I'm better off not eating it. That it's for a better future. That skipping it will keep me feeling great.
Avoiding fast food restaurants and eliminating processed foods from your diet helps a lot. Especially when you are trying to look good in the mirror. The hardest part is dealing with the fact that others will think you are insane.
I remember when I was doing the calorie diet with my sister. We went on vacation to visit our uncle. Everyone there thought we were crazy for counting every single calorie in every bit of food or drink we ingested. Most of them didn't discourage it, but they sure thought we were crazy. That craziness paid off when I lost 30 pounds in just a couple of months.
After reading Body By Science, I started working out once a week. Again, everyone makes fun for only committing one day of the week. For them, you either work out every day, or you don't workout at all. Guess which one they choose...
If you can't work out every day, do it once a week, or once a month. The results are way better than never working out at all. And you won't suffer from the time off.
You should pick up some books on health and fitness. Any book is fine, as long as you read it and act on what you learn. I've been working on an online book directory on self-development books. It includes the most helpful books I've read. As well as many great books recommended by others.
With so much time and effort invested into my health, it's just not worth it to eat one of those delicious-looking caramel-filled chocolate kisses. And when I do, I regret it. Being able to avoid pleasure seeking behaviors in order to invest for the future is crucial for long term success.
Its just one of the many illusions we experience as human beings.
Opportunities are the portals that get us to cross the line and experience the other side.
You face opportunities every day. You could walk up to and cold approach anyone on the street. This could be your next business partner, your next love, or even your mentor. Most people are willing to help you out on your path, they want you to succeed.
Just don't forget that you can also help others get to their greener side, while others help you reach yours.
People are out there, and so are you.
What does your greener side look like?