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Jun
24

20 Ways To Lose Weight – Part 3 (cont.)

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Tuning back in from yesterday’s post we continue where we left off…

When Susan called she said, “I’m going to ask you a few questions to help us pick who the champion is going to be”. She then proceeded to ask me a series of questions and then she asked one that caught me off guard…

“You are still in good shape aren’t you?” After thinking for a few milliseconds about what I should say I said, “Yes, I’m still in good shape.”

I lied, and I felt really bad for saying that I was still in shape when in actuality I was far from it. During the 2-½ months since I had completed my transformation program I had barely worked out. I had no desire to do anything at all about my physique or worry about supplements or even the kind of food I put into my body after my father had died. I had let myself get badly out of shape — again!

How many ways to lose weight does this man need to get in shape? Remarkably, only one will dramatically change how we looks.

How many ways to lose weight does this man need to get in shape? Remarkably, only one.

Susan then said, “That’s good you’re in shape because in 2 weeks, on Dec. 18, we’re going to fly the winners to Golden, Colorado for the Grand Champion awards ceremony plus shoot physique photos on Saturday the 19th.” I sheepishly said in a voice that hopefully wasn’t quavering too much, “great?!?”

Before we were done talking, Susan said the winner would be called the next day and arrangements made to fly out to Colorado. She wished me luck and I said goodbye. Needless to say, I was nervous as could be.

Sheer elation at the thought of potentially winning this contest was suddenly replaced with immense terror at the thought of actually winning this thing. “What if I really did win it? HOW would I get into the shape I was in for my “after” photos I had sent them 3 months before, but in only 2 weeks?”, I cried to myself.

These were the thoughts racing through my head for over 24 hours until I received that fateful call from none other than Bill Phillips himself on Saturday evening, Dec. 5th, congratulating me on becoming the newest 1998 Physique Transformation Champion. I remember Bill coming on the line, without introducing himself I might add, and saying, “Harry, if you had the choice between a red, and a silver corvette, which color would you pick?” Dumbfounded, all I could mutter was “uhhhhhh….” A cacophony of congratulations broke out over the telephone line after Bill said, “Harry, this is Bill Phillips, I want to congratulate you on winning the 1998 Physique Transformation contest (changed to the Body For Life contest the following year)!”

This is the Corvette I won for winning the 1998 Body For Life contest

This is the Corvette I won for winning the 1998 Body For Life contest

Was I happy? You bet! But then a sense of urgency swept over my body and I get goose bumps still, just thinking about it.

“I need to be in shape in less than 2 weeks! And not just any old shape either, but championship caliber material shape”, I cried!

I looked intensely at the calendar and saw from that Sunday the 6th (the next day) until the photos were to be taken on Saturday the 19th, there would only be 14 days to get ready.

Talk about the power of positive pressure. Here was the man I had idolized for so many years talking to me on the telephone, telling me I had won his contest, and he was inviting me to his home in Colorado to be honored as the new 1998 Physique Champion. Talk about being scared out of my mind!

I definitely did not want to let Bill, myself, or my family down. The humiliation of showing up out of shape as THE champion was a thought I could not bear.

But what was I to do? I could re-transform myself if I had the time but I couldn’t really do it in only 2 weeks, could I?!?

I made a momentous decision that day. I said to myself that instead of worrying myself half to death about it, I would instead focus on what I needed to do and then do everything in my power to transform my body back into the shape it had been in before.

I wouldn’t worry about not being to accomplish my goal I would just do it, with no thought at all of the consequences of not achieving it.

I just ran on pure faith…

And I’ll tell you, as soon as I made that decision that I would do any and everything to get my body back into my previous shape my whole life changed.

My entire thought process changed, I became consumed with forcing my body into shape and I never worked so hard to do it either. I knew down to the last micro-ounce how much protein, carbohydrates, and fats I was consuming. I upped my supplement intake to handle the increased demands on my body. My weight training sessions were so intense that people were staring at me and wondering what had turned me into such a seemingly crazed individual.

There was no stopping me from that Sunday through the next two Saturdays.

I had my bodyfat measurements taken at the beginning of that 2-week period prior to the Championship ceremony and the results showed I was at 14% bodyfat. Now while this was not obese or grotesquely out of shape by any means, it was a far cry from my ultimate shape where my bodyfat percentage was a paltry 5.5%. At this 14% level of bodyfat I didn’t look at all like my ‘after’ photos…my ‘before’ photos was more like it.

I made a decision and promise to myself that I would do whatever it took to change. And since the ceremony was only 2 weeks away, this tremendous sense of urgency invaded my very existence. I HAD to change in 2 weeks…I would accept nothing less than a 200% effort out of myself.

I was also convinced I WOULD change dramatically. I had absolutely no doubts that I would get my body back into photo-ready shape. I truly believed!

So was I able to get myself back into my championship winning shape of 5.5%? No…I didn’t. However, I did reach a bodyfat percentage of 7.3%. And when I took that final measurement it was no surprise to me (because the mirror was telling me I had been making tremendous progress over those 2 fateful weeks).

I knew all along my body would dramatically change. I trusted in my program, which included these 20 lessons — BLUEPRINTS really —  and applied them with my entire heart and soul.

If I had applied only 19 of my Blueprints and left out this one, the power of creating a sense of urgency, there is NO WAY I would have changed so much in so short a period of time, absolutely not.

Don't just go through the motions - use your brain power as one of the ways to lose weight

Don't just go through the motions - use your brain power as one of the ways to lose weight

Can you envision this power of ‘”urgency” and what it can do for you? It is one of the best ways to lose weight and get in shape that I know. I am the perfect example because I lived, breathed, and experienced it. I showed myself the capacity I had to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Before, if someone had asked me if it was possible for anyone to lose half their bodyfat in only 2 weeks I would have said it was impossible. Not anymore.

This real-world example underscores the true power and potential our minds can wield if we believe (which I did with all my heart and soul) and then follow through with action. If you want it badly enough, believe you can do it, do all the right things, and utilize the power of positive pressure, I sincerely and honestly believe you can accomplish anything you desire.

What will your sense of urgency be? I can’t answer that for you. But it has to be the kind of deadline you impose where reaching that ending date you either achieve the success you’re after, or you fail to reach it and the consequences are dire.

And just like the changes I made with my body, don’t think about what you can’t do, but rather what you can and will do with your body.

Concentrating on what you WANT to accomplish, instead of complaining about your “situation” will cause you to focus on solutions. Apply this principle to every aspect of your life, and see if you not only get a better body quicker and easier, but improve other areas of your life too.

Take Charge!

Fitness King
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Jun
23

20 Ways To Lose Weight – Part 3

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HERE’S A RECAP OF YOUR LESSONS ON THE BEST WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT AND GET INTO GREAT SHAPE:

Lesson 1: You Must Have a Powerful and Meaningful Reason To Want To Change

Lesson #2: You Need to Make a DECISION to Change

****(Remember, the greatest effect from these lessons will be their combined synergy)*******

Lesson 3: CREATE A SENSE OF URGENCY

I hope to convince you of the importance of creating a sense of urgency, or positive pressure when you’re looking for the best ways to lose weight and get in shape. Attaching a deadline to your goal of getting in shape, changes your attitude towards food (one of the major stumbling blocks for most people) and exercise.

Other “roadblocks” will also seem insignificant when you pair a meaningful goal behind a limited time in which to accomplish that goal.

One of the best ways to lose weight is to anticipate roadblocks

One of the best ways to lose weight is to anticipate roadblocks

Many women, months before their wedding, start dieting because they want to look their very best on their big day. Knowing “this is the most important day of my life” allows many overweight women to suddenly develop tremendous willpower to “just say no.” Foods that previously had full control over their lives are now relegated to an insignificant corner. This is the power of a compelling reason to change (Lesson 1) combined with a sense of urgency.

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A couple of posts ago I gave you your first lesson on some of the ways to lose weight, and to get and stay in shape. Here’s lesson 2.

I want to remind you of a mistake I made before winning the Body For Life contest. For 8 years I had tried really hard to try and figure out the best ways to lose weight and get in shape. While I did discover quite a number of them, it wasn’t until I put them all together, as a cohesive whole, that I was finally able to get my body to change. It was only the synergy of the combined “effective” methods that caused the massive change to happen in my body so quickly. So I’m going to remind you to do the same. As I go through these lessons, don’t just read about them and try one here or there. PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER! This is the only way you’re going to achieve massive results.

So here’s a recap of your lessons so far:

Lesson 1: You Must Have a Powerful and Meaningful Reason To Want To Change

Don’t forget, the greatest effect from these lessons will be their combined synergy. Now on to lesson 2.

Lesson #2: You Need to Make a DECISION to Change

So now that you have your reason(s) to change, now what? Next you must make that decision to change. What does this really mean? I’ll tell you in a second. But the fact is it’s one of the most powerful things you can do to push yourself beyond anything you could ever have imagined.

You could have all the goals in the world laid out in front of you but if you don’t make a conscious decision with yourself, if you don’t say something like,

“That’s it, I’m making the decision right now, right here, today! I’m going to commit to changing my body and to do whatever it takes to get into the shape I want and have dreamed of forever”,

then you haven’t truly triggered your entire being to accept your decision to change. In fact, if you ask most people that have struggled for years trying to figure out the best ways to lose weight, they’ll tell you that one day they just made a decision to lose the weight. Simple as that. They were usually sick and tired of looking and feeling like crap, and just said, “enough!”

When people make this kind of a decision, it triggers a cascade of psychological signals that causes tremendous and powerful mental processes to occur. New manners of thought that seemed totally foreign to you before will now seem as if they were second nature.

Where before you may have said,

“I just can’t resist chocolate. I was born with a sweet tooth and there’s not much I can do to change that”, now you’ll say, “I still love chocolate but there’s something I’m doing now that is very important for me, more important than the fleeting taste of chocolate in my mouth. It’s about creating the body and person I knew I always could have and be but never knew how…now I do. ”

Or some other similar self-talk.

Making that decision to change causes a mindset transformation that completely realigns your goals, wants, needs, and desires. You understand you won’t have to give up chocolate completely, but you will curtail the amount you used to eat because it’s no longer productive to your goals.
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Because you now have more important reasons than chocolate and you made that decision to change, the seeming agony you used to experience by depriving yourself of your favorite food has now almost disappeared – replaced by a focused goal towards a betterment of your body.

You ‘suddenly’ realize that the lasting feeling of an in shape body is MUCH better than the short-lived taste of chocolate in your mouth.

What will cause you to make this decision? The reasons are as varied as there are stars in the sky. But by using Lesson #1 along with some of the other lessons to come (Lesson #5 is usually enough to push one into making that decision), you should have no problem making that “shift” that suddenly opens up the possibilities and doors of change for you.

Take Charge!

Fitness King

P.S. Get this self-hypnosis program. I would have shaved years off my own transformation efforts had I had this in my posession way back when:
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My Interview with Bill Phillips after Winning the Body For Life Contest