How I changed my mindset and dropped 40 pounds in less than 6 months

Is your goal just to lose weight? Or do you want to learn how to keep it off as well?  Mynd Over Body

I want to help you lose weight. Actually scratch that, I don’t just want to help you lose weight, there are millions of programs and techniques that can help you lose weight, I want to help you understand what it is you need to change about yourself that’s going to help you not only lose weight, but also keep it off.

Look, there are a billion different ways you can lose weight.  The very simplest way is that you can just  drastically cut your calories (like most "diet" plans propose you do), and if you do this and suffer long enough, you will lose weight.   But will you be able to do it long enough to lose weight?  Probably not, most people can't. And what's going to happen the moment you stop your diet and begin eating normal people foods again?  You're going to gain the weight back, and usually plus an extra couple of pounds.  What's the point of losing 10 pounds, if you gain 12 pounds back in half the time?   

I am assuming that is NOT your goal when you say you want to "lose weight."  But that is exactly how most diet and exercise plans teach you to lose weight.  Cut calories, burn calories, and lose weight.  But the moment you stop, you gain back the weight. Is that really accomplishing anything at all?  I don’t think so, do you?

Is your goal to just lose weight? Or do you want to learn how to keep it off as well?

I want to be honest with you, I’ve never been obese, I don't have a "How I lost 300 pounds" story.  I have a "How I dropped 40 pounds in less than 6 months and learned how to keep it off" story. 

I am 5'9”, and at my heaviest point in my life I weighed almost 200 pounds (192 to be exact was the heaviest weight at which I ever recorded myself). But even at my heaviest, I didn’t even look that fat. All my weight, at least the majority of it, was centered around my belly, which with the right clothes (and sucking in my gut) was relatively easy to hide.

But the superficiality of my appearance aside, I was overweight, I was unhealthy, I was out of shape, and I was unhappy. It was truly the lowest point in my life. For two years I tried losing weight, by trying different diets, trying to cut out sugar, watching what I ate, going to the gym more often, and for those two years, I struggled and experienced the same see-saw, back-and-forth, weight loss-and-weight gain that everyone who tries to lose weight experiences.

But then, after I moved to NYC, I began re-imagining myself and questioning everything I once believed to be true about me.  I used to ask myself questions such as "What would it feel like to look in the mirror and see that I have 6 pack abs? How much better would my life be if I actually enjoyed exercising? What do I like about eating fruits and vegetables?" 

And in less than 6 months, I dropped 40 pounds of weight. I went from 190 pounds to 150 pounds, and it was the most natural thing in the world. Many of my friends who had not seen me in a while asked me what I did to lose weight.

What I realized is what they were really asking me was “What can I do to lose weight?” And I was embarrassed, because as much as I wanted to help my friends, the truth of the matter is that I did not know what I had done.

I was not on any magic diet plan, and I did not join any insane exercise boot camp. Neither was I starving myself, nor was I forcing myself to exercise when I did no feel like it. Yes, I was eating healthier and exercising more, but it just felt natural for me to do so. But I also realize that telling my friends that I was eating healthier and exercising more was not the answer they were looking for, and definitely not the answer that was going to help them lose weight as well.

This got me thinking, “What the heck did I actually do to lose weight? How did I make this happen?” I realized that what I had done, almost accidentally, is that I changed my mindset. And that is when then light bulb went off and I thought to myself, I could really help other people who are struggling with their weight if I could only figure what I did and then teach it to them.

I then spent 18 months studying, researching, and deconstructing mindsets to understand what I did, how I did it, and most importantly how I could explain it to someone like you who wants to learn how to lose weight, who has tried and failed probably more times than they can count. That became my passion, and that became my mission. And that’s when Mynd Over Body was formed.

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