11 Ways to Lose Weight: Without Spending Time, Money, Energy, or even DOING Anything
At my Nashville church this past weekend I ran into a buddy of mine named Wayne that I hadn’t seen in a while. I noticed from across the room that he looked amazing. It looked as though he had lost at least 15 pounds in the last 6 weeks. I went up to him and told him how wonderful he looked and that I was so excited for him. And being a nosey self-discipline strategist I, of course, had to ask, “How’d you do it?”
Wayne’s answers were simple. They didn’t involve anything dramatic like taking magic pills, working out 4 hours per day or becoming Vegan (although I have been one for almost a year now and found out this week on the show that Bob from The Biggest Loser is, too!). In fact the things that Wayne said reminded me very much of what I went through from December of 2004 to June of 2005 where I went from 215 pounds down to 175 – which is where I have stayed at since.
Most of the people who know me now don’t believe me when I tell them the story about my personal weight so I grabbed a couple old pictures to show you what I’m talking about. I do carry weight well but make no mistake, I was at a point beyond what I was proud of.
What was powerful about talking with Wayne (other than just being totally energized from seeing his success) was that I remembered that so much of making changes in our life that improve our self-discipline can be less about what we need to start doing and more about what we need to STOP doing.
So here is a list of self-discipline rules related to losing weight that I followed rigorously that had a tremendous impact on making changes in my life. Most of these have become habit and I still follow them about 98% except for the occasional splurge. As I wrote on Twitter the other day “As you mature in your self-discipline your appetite changes; what was once a sacrifice later won’t even be a temptation.”
- Don’t eat fast food from any fast food chain.
- Don’t eat within 3 hours of going to bed. IE if you go to sleep at 11pm, then don’t eat after 8pm.
- Don’t drink anything other than water or green tea during the day on weekdays.
- Don’t drink carbonated beverages.
- Don’t eat white bread.
- Don’t have dessert.
- Don’t have anything other than fruit for breakfast.
- Don’t eat so much in one meal that you feel “stuffed.”
- Don’t eat your plate clean at every meal.
- Don’t have candy bars, chips, cookies, or any baked pastries.
- Don’t eat fewer than 4 times per day.
Congratulations, Wayne!! Keep it up. You inspire me, brother. And now, hopefully you will inspire others.
See you in the stairwell,
Take the Stairs – Success means doing things you don’t want to do