Your first thought might be: “Joe, this is a financial blog, what does this have to do with trading?” My response: “Health is everything! Without your health, nothing else matters!”
First of all, I don’t claim to be an expert in diet and exercise. I’m just a regular guy whose favorite machine at the gym used to be the snack machine. I am sharing my weight loss story to try and encourage people, especially because “weight loss” is the number one listed New Years resolution. I also want to remind everyone to set high standards by demanding more of yourself than you could ever imagine. For example, my initial goal was 50 pounds (which most people told me was too high) but by setting such an aggressive target, I still ended up very happy even tough I fell a little short of my overall goal.
Here are 4 suggestions that worked for me last year:
1) Get excited! Get fired up! Find something to motivate you! As Tony Robbins says: Most people are unhappy with some area of their life, but are not unhappy enough to actually do something about it. Unfortunately, 90% of people fall is this category. My message: Don’t be like the majority! Be different and live your life with some energy and passion! Life’s too short to just go through the motions and be boring. I hate boring and unemotional people. In fact, I make it a point to avoid them at all costs!
The best way to get inspired is to surround yourself with energetic and positive people because whom you surround yourself with is eventually who you become. If you need help, two people I highly recommend following on Twitter are: @SmashFit and @kerigans. Although I don’t know them, they are experts in health, diet and fitness and they constantly provide me with inspiring and encouraging reminders.
2) Get off your ass! You have to exercise if you want to lose weight. I find that I lose the most weight by running. I also swim a lot to mix it up and give my joints a rest. I don’t care if you start by walking 20 minutes a day, JUST DO SOMETHING AND DO IT CONSISTENTLY! Trust me, PROGRESS EQUALS HAPPINESS! For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds and you start by losing 5, the feeling of progress in accomplishing the smaller goal will make you happy and keep you motivated towards achieving your larger goal.
3) Drink tons of water! I never realized the importance of hydration and how much it really helps with weight loss. I drink water when I wake up in the morning, throughout the day, and at night before bed. The only downfall is multiple bathroom visits, but that’s just a minor negative compared to the positive gains your body gets by staying well hydrated.
4) Change your diet! Go Green! One way to raise your energy level is by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake and by reducing your meat, bread, and dairy intake. This essentially reduces the acid in our bodies and gives us more energy because, after all, acid is what makes us tired. By the way, I am NOT telling everyone to become a vegetarian. In fact, I love steak more than most people. What I am simply saying is to REDUCE the intake of acid building foods. For example, if you eat meat 7 times a week, cut it to 2 or 3 times a week. A great book to read on this subject is The pH Miracle by Dr. Robert O. Young. He says: “Our problem is not that we are overweight, it’s that we are over acid.” He goes into great detail and breaks down which foods are more alkaline and more acidic.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not an expert in diet and exercise. I simply wanted to pass along a few ideas that worked for me last year. The most important thing to remember is CONSISTENCY! Don’t workout for 3 days and get frustrated if you don’t see immediate results. Stay focused on making it a lifestyle change and remain disciplined in your diet. Trust me, these simple changes lead to tremendous improvements in my overall energy and happiness…which in turn positively affected my trading last year. I’m heading to the gym now, what are you doing today?
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