Some visits to my family got me extra pounds, so the next step was to lose weight.
Every time I need to wrestle with my own body I find a hall of reality that I can’t full. My body will react to effective measures, nothing else. Good intentions and dreams have not the slightest effect on my waist line. But long term results are the product of self-knowledge more than bare effort.
From many years now I have been trying to find my formula to control weight. Since I was in my twenties I ran into the error of explosive training and demoralizing crashing. Then I tried long tern discipline, just to crash in several episodes instead of one.
My error was seeing my body like a separate project of my existence. A lazy mind can’t wear a strong body. You can’t have a body that doesn’t match your mentality for too long, the same way you can’t wear that Halloween custom every day to the office.
First thing, my goal couldn’t be been attractive (external reward) but been worthy (internal stimulus). I love the image of that old man that wears a tie even when retired. He’s not trying to follow anybody’s dressing code but his own. If you shower and shave just when there is somebody watching, then you are really a beggar in disguise. The ONLY person who cares is watching all the time, yourself.
Once you understand that simple factor is when discipline starts to boil in your hart.
Romans had a word for this: “Dignitas”. It’s the root of the modern “dignity” but for romans it was deeply personal. Having “dignitas” was to behave, look and match the way that person conceived a worthy life. When you find your “dignitas”, the rest of your physical manifestations follow, including your body.
That clears the path between the mind and the body, but still you need to go through the technicalities of known yourself. Your body is unique and there is a distinctive way in which it reacts to different combinations of nutrients, tasks and circumstances. At some point you need to stop listening to diet experts and taking note of those things that have a real and measurable effect on your system. You will be surprise who far you may be from the statistic average.
The good news (great news in deed) is that controlling your body is not a challenge of will but one of self-knowledge. I got rid of sixteen pounds with a mild cardio workout of 40 minutes every other day and I feel better than when I was a teenager.
I’m not doing this to impress anybody but the guy in the mirror.