Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Only Good Reason to Change Your Body


Change Your Body.

Why?  This is my blog, so I get to say why.

The only good reason to change your body, is so that your physical body can better serve your life purpose.

Oh yeah, I went there.  It's really not a very esoteric point of view.  It's rational.  Losing weight, or better still losing fat and developing muscle takes skill, effort, and persistence.  Please believe me, on the journey to your authentic healthy body, vanity will not be enough.  Vanity will be helpful at times, but it will not serve you when everyone around you is enjoying your favorite intoxicating foods, and you are feeling bitter, put upon, and deprived.  Telling yourself,

"I'll look hotter tomorrow if I don't eat that" may not serve to keep you away from the crazy food.

What will keep you away from the crazy food?  Ask yourself what purpose a vital, healthy, energetic body will have in your life, and then dedicate yourself to that service.  For example, there is a very good reason why so many actors and models have the "Abdominal Fortitude" to stay really lean.  99.9% of the time if they're not lean they won't work.  Even if they are endowed with extraordinary talent (in the case of actors, especially female) they won't get a chance to express it on the word stage unless they match the expected physical image required today.  The best example I've read recently came from Tina Fey who lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers and went from writer on Saturday Night Live to on-camera star of  Saturday Night Live.  Now I admit that the physical standards of female beauty in American media drive me nuts.  I think that they are ridiculously narrow, and shockingly difficult to achieve if you weren't born naturally slender, but there's nothing like the burning desire to act to inspire weight loss.

The Burning Desire to Act.

So, is there some action, some activity, some purpose you feel compelled to serve that is inhibited by the current state of your physical body?

Form wanting to fit in an airline seat, all the way to wanting to fit into a size zero,  if you find the reason behind the reason: whether you want to travel the world, or whether you want to be a race horse jockey, (a very legit reason to want to be a size zero) you will find a force that pulls you toward your hearts desire with a powerful and consistent kind of energy.

Go ahead and ask yourself the big question:
How can I best serve humanity?  Go ahead, ask yourself, no one has to know you're risking grandiosity.  From being a fantastic teacher, to running for public office, to being a great and happy mom, developing a fit,vital body will serve your life purpose, and this life purpose will inspire you to eat well and move well over time.

Eating Well and Moving Well Over Time.

This is what it takes.  As I come up on the fourth anniversary of my physical transformation it always comes down to this.  Eating and moving: I can't simplify it any more.  You are going to have to find your personal way of eating and moving that gets you to your goal and keeps you there over time.  Your life purpose is your inspiration for perspiration.  This is an odd time of year in this hemisphere when the days are, short, the nights are long, and we sometimes feel at loose ends.  Take some time, perhaps during one of these long nights, to consider your heart's desire.  Then when you're ready, decide what personal physical reality would serve that longing.  With this awareness in place you are ready to find your plan for eating and moving, not just for the new year, but for good.

I wrote this blog post a few years back, but I return to the ideas it expresses because there is a danger to working in the transformation business.  Recently, I've started acting and singing again, and I know that some of my fitness pursuits are tied to the fact that I believe that the "better" I look, the more I will work.  Today, in 2014, I'm finally beginning to believe that the definition of beauty is finally growing again.  Our narrow definitions of allure are beginning to have some diversity after years of being homogenized.  Still, I've been using the term "Tight and Tiny" in my Turbulence Training classes lately, and although I say it to be funny, I wonder if the pursuit of "Tight and Tiny" isn't just an exercise in vanity.  We'll see.