By: Michael Beiter
"I am not the same person I was a year ago. I literally have a new life. And I LOVE it!"
A friend and client said that this morning over coffee. She has lost 73 pounds in 13 months.
One of the things she struggled with early on is beating her addictions to eating too much food and drinking all the time.
When people first start working with me I often tell them that at some point their body will start working for them rather than against them. The decisions that got them out of shape, overweight, and unhealthy will become harder to make because their ceiling of health and fitness will have gotten so high that any time they over consume food or drink the fall from grace will be much greater than they experienced before. With this fall they will experience lethargy, angst, depression, bubble guts, mud butt and all the feelings they had normalized and grown used to when they were in worse shape.
This creates a greater cost than the relatively low fall they had whey they were at a 4/10 rating fitness wise. Getting drunk, staying up too late and over eating made them feel like a 1 or a 2. Not a big drop.
Once they start feeling what it's like to have proper nutrient levels, eat vegetables, sleep, and be exercised their fitness will raise to say an 8 or 9/10. Then, when they dabble with their old habits of debauchery they will again fall to a 1 or 2 on the feeling scale. This drop of 7 to 8 points is far more noticeable than the 1 to 2 point drop from before.
This cost is quantifiable and the last step I ask people to do is compare the cost of this drop in their feeling and fitness to the benefits of the behavior that caused it. What benefits does binge drinking and eating while staying out to bar close provide you? Are the benefits greater than the cost of you feeling like hell for days afterward?
It doesn't take long before the answer to that question is no? The cost is not worth the benefit. And just like that those behaviors become things of the past - much easier to say 'no' too. When asked to participate clients can confidently say 'it's not worth it' and even draw a cost/benefit table to show the inquirers.