How I Lost More Than 20 Pounds In The Gold’s Gym Challenge By Corey Jahnke
"Dad, you ALWAYS say that!"
"Tonight we will have ice cream, but tomorrow we will get serious!!"
Ouch! 14 year-olds can be brutal with their bluntness.
But, Christopher was right!
I DID always say that.
I had been meaning to work harder on my health for several months, but for reasons that I could not explain at the time, I kept postponing my "start date".
As we sat down with our ice cream, I couldn't get his words out of my mind.
The ice cream began to taste like chalk, then paste, then I couldn't even finish it.
I began to think about the role model I was for my family.
Or, should I say the role model I WAS NOT?!?
Enough was enough!
But, what now?
We had been going to the gym on a semi-regular basis, and I had noticed some posters announcing "The Gold's Gym 12 Week Challenge".
I decided that maybe signing up for the challenge might be a good way to hold myself accountable, so I signed up.
About 3 days later, I met with a nice young lady named Casey for my official "weigh in" which entailed a scale, a measuring tape, and a body-fat determination.
Was it humiliating?
Ummm, I'd say it was more like EYE-OPENING!!
I hadn't weighed myself in quite a while, and thought I was around 200 pounds.
I was 212.
I had never had a body-fat measurement and I was 28%.
I had thought I was "a little overweight".
28% is considered OBESE.
I couldn't believe that Casey used the "O" word, and I was somewhat stunned.
Still, I was also somewhat excited, because the word OBESE instantly felt like the slap in the face I needed.
Now for the picture: I couldn't help but smile, because I knew whatever it was, would indeed be "the before picture".
It was this:
After I was done meeting with Casey, I did 3 things:
1. Hit the exercise bike!
2. Started a food journal!
3. Posted my before picture on Facebook!
I had been reading a book on engineering your conscious awareness which essentially means examining WHAT you believe to be true, and WHY you believe it to be true.
I SAT WITH MY FOOD JOURNAL AND ASKED MYSELF ABOUT MY FOOD BELIEFS AND I FOUND FOUR DISEMPOWERING (DANGEROUS) BELIEFS ABOUT FOOD:
1. I needed ice-cream and pizza for stress-relief.
2. I needed a carb-heavy diet to make sure that I had plenty of energy.
3. Because I didn't eat chips or fried foods, my diet wasn't that unhealthy.
4. I deserved a treat at least a few times a week, and food was a treat.
Then, I questioned those beliefs one by one:
1. My life (as a rule) isn't stressful. But if it was, are ice-cream and pizza really stress relieving, or are they stress causing? I wondered what methods of stress relief might be healthier for me? (Hint: Most involve shoes.)
2. I had been a retail pharmacist working on my feet all day for about 25 years, and I was always afraid I would run out of energy. But, upon reflection, I was sleepy all the time. I began to ask if a carb-heavy diet really give me energy? (Research shows otherwise.)
3. If my diet wasn't unhealthy, WHY WAS I OBESE? My workplace provides our meals at no cost to us. Were the mashed potatoes, gravy, and biscuits actually FREE if they increase my odds of getting diabetes? However, would the salad bar be FREE if I removed the cheese and switched from French or ranch dressing to vinegar and olive oil? (Hmmm...)
4. How was increasing my odds for a heart attack, stroke, or diabetes a treat? Would feeling better about the way I looked and felt be a better treat? Was there another way I could treat myself that didn't involve stuffing my pie hole? :)
I know you're wondering about the Facebook thing.
I really wanted to hold myself accountable and to inspire others to join me.
I figured anyone can post the after picture, after.
But, posting the before picture, before... :)
The outpouring of support, shout outs, and notes of encouragement I received were phenomenally motivating.
Twelve weeks have gone by, I am down more than twenty pounds and I feel amazing.
I mostly eat oatmeal, walnuts, raisins, almonds, Juice Plus (shakes and bars), chicken breasts, vegetables, and salads.
Using the same methods to reengineer my thinking, my workouts are increasing in length and intensity on a regular basis, and my productivity has tripled.
I still have about 10-15 pounds to go to reach my ideal weight, but the momentum is on my side.
Best of all, I don't feel like I'm dieting, or that I will backslide, because I have rewired my beliefs and renegotiated my relationship with food.
Christopher (my brutally honest 14 year old) works out with me when he can, and is showing significant improvement as well.
I guess it really is true that if we want to raise HEALTHY families, we have to lead by example!!
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