Last week I wrote about how you can begin to find your ideal weight with one simple measurement.
That measurement is “Waist Circumference,” and if you’re a woman it should be below 31.5 inches for optimal health. Guys: your goal is to get it below 37 inches.
Yesterday, I found a fitness calculator that shocked me.
It determines your fitness age with a formula that takes into account the time and intensity of your exercise habits, your resting heart rate, and, yes you guessed it, your waist circumference!
Click the link above to take the test.
I was completely shocked when my result came back at under 20 years old, but the combination of Turbulence Training and The Sugar Freedom Diet has made my waist six inches smaller than when I started my fat loss journey in 2008, and they have made my resting heart rate surprisingly low.
I want the same results for you, and this is why:
A smaller waist means improved insulin sensitivity, and a slower resting heart rate indicates improved blood flow and less stress. These two benefits are like two streams from the fountain of youth, and they give us the energy and well-being to go out and do what we love to do.
What would you do if you had boundless energy, and you felt like you looked fantastic?
Would you travel more? Go dancing? Open your own business? Volunteer at your child’s school?
Remember last week’s blog where I wrote about “Media Weight?” Well guess what, Media Weight has absolutely nothing to do with your health. The astonishing thinness of the images that sell products are intended to raise the bar on your desires and expectations of yourself.
The “Mad Men” in advertising know that if they can put the standard of beauty out of reach, they can keep selling you the products and services that they claim will finally help you measure up to their ridiculous standards.
I am writing to encourage you to take happiness back from the media and the “Madvertisers” by determining your fat loss goals in terms of action instead of appearance.
Let me explain. If contemporary standards of appearance are absurd, and they have nothing to do with heath or natural beauty, why not blow them off and concentrate on how you feel and what you do instead?
So the next step in permanent fat loss isn’t picking a number on the scale, no not at all.
The next step is to determine what your ideal body will allow you to do.
The body of your dreams is simply the body that has the health and energy to let you pursue what makes you happy, and guess what?
This very state of happiness with what you do will go a long way toward eliminating your desire to overeat.
So right here and now I’m asking you to write down three things you love to do, or would love to do, that would be enhanced by fat loss and fitness.
By combining a simple waist measurement with three things you love to do, you will have established a brilliant fat loss goal that will be like a powerful magnet that draws positive people, actions, and opportunities right to you.
I have seen it time and again in my students that when their goals become about health, happiness, and action the fat loss frustration falls away, and their lives take off.
Here are some specific examples from my students at Gordon Studio:
Traveling to Thailand, water skiing again, kayaking, hiking, ballroom dancing, becoming a licensed Zumba instructor, getting promoted, getting pregnant :), becoming a 4H leader, protecting and informing the community during the Rim Fire, getting that first paying job as a photographer, getting the lead in another play, and on an on!
Please note that none of these achievements are the direct result of weight loss. They are the direct result of more confidence, and more energy.
I want you to have the confidence and energy that is yours when you eliminate the aches, pains, and frustrations of poor training, and when you leave behind the obsessions and cravings of poor food.
Let’s beat the media at their own game by being happy in spite of what they show us and try to sell us.
P.S. Did you write down the three things you would love to do?