My Health Journey: The Mindset
After defining what health meant to me and living by following my personal definition of health, I also knew that it was necessary for me to shift my mindset in several areas of my life in order to fully recover and regain my health.
It’s true. Mindset is everything. I say it all the time and once I changed my mindset, I was able to make huge gains in my recovery and get to where I am today.
As I mentioned, there were several areas in my life that required a change in my mindset. The area that needed the biggest change of mindset was in the gym.
The picture above was taken just over a year ago, November 2012, and I trained very similar to how I am training at the gym today; however, my mindset was completely different.
When the picture above was taken, I put a lot of focus on my outside appearance and trained to achieve the physique I wanted.
After defining what health meant to me, I realized that working out to achieve a certain physique was not living up to my personal definition of health. So, I knew I needed to change my mindset when training.
In order to live by my definition of health, I knew that when I walked into the gym to workout I should be training to be the best version of me. Not to have the best shoulders, biceps, butt, etc.
A major influencer on my change of mindset was Nia Shanks. Although I don’t know her personally, she had a huge impact on my life. She trains to be awesome.
When I first read that Nia trains to be awesome I thought it was the coolest thing and that it made so much sense. Why was I putting so much focus on my outer appearance? I was completely missing the bigger picture – to be awesome or the best me I could be!
Once I changed my mindset when it came to working out, my mindset about food changed, too.
I was eating six meals a day, weighing my food, and tracking my calories and macros in order to help me achieve that “perfect” physique I was envisioning. But once I started to train with my new mindset, I was able to let go of these unnecessary actions, such as tracking my calories and macros, and start to tune into my body and, for the first time ever, understand which foods make me function best, feel best, and assist me in becoming the best version of myself.
This is me today with a new mindset in the gym and the kitchen. I train and eat in a way that makes me feel best, rather than how I used to train and eat – to look a certain way. Today I train in a way and eat the foods that help me feel and function my best and that is one of the things that has helped me most to get to where I am today!
Have you had success after changing your mindset about a situation?
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