A lean, sculpted masterpiece of a body is first created in the mind, then by your actions. It’s a game against your own human nature, it’s going beyond your ideas of what’s acceptable and reasonable to do to achieve your goals. Most people don’t reach to their full potential, not because they don’t have the basic knowledge about the key components diet and exercise — but due to focusing all effort in the gym for working the physical muscles while giving no time to strengthening the mind.”
This quote from Pauline Nordin set something aflame in me when I read it – the passion that caused me to begin this blog in the first place.
You may have seen Pauline… she’s the extraordinarily muscular yet lean woman striking a badass fighter pose in magazines. Besides an international fitness model and IFBB Pro, Pauline is a trainer, spokesperson at Bodybuilding.com, and the creator of the Fighter Diet – a hardcore plan for staying sculpted 365 days a year. It’s a complex diet for professional models and others serious about staying shredded year round.
While you may or may not have aspirations to be a fitness competitor or model, her philosophy applies to any goal related to your body. Having your ideal body is about discipline and mental strength – whether it’s to be ripped and cut or lose x number of pounds.
The key is to learn discipline, acknowledge the sensations and knowing where and why your brain is trying to sabotage your pursuit. Do not say you cannot help eating, cause you can. Remember that a thought is merely a thought. You do not need to act on the signal. And you cannot if your goal is to lose bodyfat!”
Let’s face it: Diet has everything to do with the health and appearance of your body. So many people have good intentions… Why don’t they succeed in losing weight, being cut, gaining muscle?
Clearly, our bodies come with genetic wiring and there are many, many reasons why people never attain a “sculpted masterpiece” or even a healthy body. Plenty of people want it bad and still never get there. What’s the answer? Unceasing exercise? Drugs or diets that will cause you lose weight quickly?
If you surrender to strong appetite suppressing medications that are dangerous for your health, what are you going to do the very day they are not working anymore? Or when you must discontinue? Then you stand there with a grueling hunger, stronger than ever to compensate for the time you were not listening to your body’s signals.”
Pauline says it best. You cannot rely on quick-fix remedies and expect them to last. Quick fix is the opposite of long-term fix. But people continue to try things like the HCG and Sensa diets, hoping that getting lean will be fast and easy. The bottom line is that while drastic cuts in calorie intake will cause weight loss, this solution is only temporary. It’s not a long-term solution to use sprinkles on your food to keep your appetite down while ignoring exercise and the type of food you eat.
And exercising like a maniac while continuing to eat whatever you want isn’t going to get you there either.
If a rock hard body was created in the gym, all the people going there would be in excellent shape. I’m sure you know it’s far from the truth.”
There are so many people with good intentions doing the wrong things to their bodies. To win – to gain a stronghold over your health and body – you need to pay attention and being stronger than what’s going on in your mind.
Take time to master your mind. Take time to learn to be comfortable with feeling a bit hungry or a bit tired. It’s natural, it’s part of the game. Either you want to play it and win, or you will try to bend the rules and fail. In the hunt for the perfect body, you need to play by the rules and accept the rules. And yes, at times it feels like looking at grass growing, but remember it is a chess game where each move counts for the final outcome, so don’t treat it like Russian roulette.”
Most of us aren’t looking for the perfect body. But most of us are looking to make improvements. Hardly anyone has perfect flexibility, balance, strength, body fat, or reactive power. Perfect your vision of what your “ideal” body looks like, and like a chess game, make your every move one that gets you closer that goal.
So what’s it going to be? Are you going to let your mind play games that keep you from the health and body you know you want? Or are you going to expose your mental weaknesses and conquer them, strategically playing to win? Make your next move now.
*Quotes from Pauline Nordin’s essay, “Master Your Mind.”