Several years ago, I had another physical flashpoint, one that has brought me considerable enjoyment. Now that I was ‘thin within,’ I decided to work on my fitness as well. The daily walk I had incorporated into my lifestyle almost thirty years before became a jog, then a run. As I pushed myself, my endurance increased to the point where I could successfully complete the Big Sur Marathon. Running in that marathon was a great thrill, and training for it with friends was even better. However when I arrived back home I realized that all my running had done little to strengthen my overall body.
So I began to lift weights occasionally. In 1999, I made it a habit of visiting the gym three days a week, whenever possible. The results of my weight-lifting program have been phenomenal. You’d never mistake me for Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the few pounds of muscle I added made a major difference in my metabolism. I noticed that I could eat more and maintain my weight or eat the same amount as before and lose weight. Obviously, I was burning more calories throughout the day. Not only did my body look better than it ever had before, but today I feel better than at any other time in my life. Most people who meet me today would not believe that I had ever struggled with a weight problem. But I did, and that’s why I know that you, too, can be successful at bringing your weight under control. I want to encourage you to broaden your vision of who you can be and what you can do. Your physical flashpoint might come as the result of a quick glance in the mirror, the completion of an entire bag of cookies, or having to use a seatbelt extension on an airplane.
If you are like me, when your flashpoint comes, you will be just as motivated to improve as you were to eat. Your passion will shift from consumption to conversion. Before long you will have gained control of what you eat, why you eat, and how you treat your physical body.
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