Watch Mark And Me Start His Journey To 70 Pound Weight Loss – Saturday Strategy
POSTED ON April 14, 2016 BY Drew Canole
Watch Mark And Me Start His Journey To 70 Pound Weight Loss – Saturday Strategy
All of us in the FitLife community are on a journey of transformation – myself included. As a society, many of us are not satisfied with average, normal or “good enough”. I know in our community specifically, you are all aiming for bigger, better and brighter futures. I want that for you too.
Because you are reading this, I know that you also are on some sort of journey to better health and wellness too. And that’s awesome!
Maybe the following scenario sounds familiar to you:
You hit a point where enough was enough. You were tired of being tired. You were tired of being sick. You were tired of watching the people around you live their dreams while you watched from the living room sofa or the office window.
You lived for so long thinking that how you felt was “normal”. Then one day, you read an article or watched a video or listened to a friend and you realized… wait a minute… life is not suppose to be like this!
And so your journey began. (big green juice cheers to you, my friend!)
The reason I started FitLife.tv was because I wanted to do something that made a difference in the lives of millions… billions… of people around the world. I LOVE seeing people turn their lives around to find better health, vitality and HAPPINESS.
I know how simple shifts can cause radical change. I know because I was there too. And I decided to change. And I know it works – not just for me, but for hundreds of thousands of others in our community.
A better life is possible for us. It’s possible for Mark. It’s possible for YOU.
Today, I want to talk about some steps to transformation that we use with our clients at FitLife. If you watched his video, you will see that Mark’s transformation is just beginning. The road may not always be easy, but Mark (and thousands of others) would agree that every step is WORTH IT.
What are the most important steps to real, lasting FITLIFE transformation?
Think about this: what is the most beautiful car you’ve ever seen? Maybe the latest Porsche 911. Or the Cadillac ELR. Or a Ferrari 458 Italia. These cars didn’t just pop out of thin air. They started off as an idea, as a thought in somebody’s mind. Eventually these thoughts led to the creation of the most beautiful machinery on the planet.
If thoughts are powerful enough to move into the physical realm and become something as magnificent as a Ferrari, then why in the world don’t we focus more on mindset when we are trying to create something beautiful of ourselves?
For this very reason, we ALWAYS start with mindset with people who are beginning a transformation. They need to have a strong vision of their goals, a deep understanding as to WHY they want to transform and a positive stream of thoughts to keep them from getting discouraged when the going gets tough.
Finding Your WHY
WHY do you want your life to change? Why do you want your FUTURE to be different from your NOW?
We are creatures of habit. We like to be comfortable. We are like a river – we naturally flow down the easiest path – UNLESS we set out mind to do otherwise.
Unless you have a strong WHY, it will be hard to stick to your transformation goals when the going gets tough. Your WHY has to be stronger than any obstacle that shows up in your path.
For Mark, these are the reasons he decided to change his life and they are the things that will keep him going when the going gets tough.
Better family relationships
The energy to play with his kids
The stamina to walk and run for extended periods of time without getting tired
The desire to be noticed; he wants to be someone that people see and want to get to know.
Longevity. He wants to live a long healthy life so that he can watch his kids and his grandkids grow up.
If you are not quite sure what your WHY is or if it is strong enough to push you to the end, I challenge you to spend some time thinking about it. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Why do I want to be healthier?
2. Why do I want more energy?
3. How will my life change when I feel better?
4. How will the lives of those I love change when I feel better?
5. What will my life look like in 10 years if I become healthier and happier now?
Once you decide your WHY… tell people about it! You are not on this journey alone and you can draw strength from those around you who are on the same road as you.
Creating A Vision
The power of your thoughts, especially about yourself, are immeasurable.
It’s like I said about the car. It started as an idea in someone’s head.
You’ve got to create a vision of the future self you want to be and HOLD ONTO IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT!
Envision – in DETAIL – what your life will be like when you are farther down the road of transformation.
What does it feel like to have more energy? What does it feel like NOT being tired and sick? What does it feel like to have NO or LITTLE remaining symptoms of your previously chronic and debilitating problems?
What does it feel like to have a body that is leaner, stronger and healthier than it has ever been before?
What do you LOOK LIKE as this future self?
Really try to see yourself in detail… don’t you look and feel absolutely amazing???
That future YOU is possible!
Once the mind is ready to go, the body is ready to follow!
A huge step in making a transition to a healthier lifestyle is doing a good kitchen CLEANOUT. If you are not going to eat certain foods anymore, why even have them in your house? You WILL eat what is in the fridge and pantries so you want to make sure they are packed ONLY with the things that will help you feel amazing and reach your goals.
Here are a few recommendations of things to remove from your kitchen (and whole household) that are sucking your energy and holding you back from the healthy and quality of life you deserve:
To some this list can seem very extreme and means you will be throwing out A LOT of food. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED!
I give a lot of alternatives to the foods you currently love that are much healthier but taste just as good (see following section).
You don’t have to get rid of everything at once if it is too overwhelming. Try removing one item a week/month if that works better for you.
Added sugar has become WAY too popular an ingredient in seemingly every food at the supermarket. Cereals, pancake mix, breads, snack foods, beverages, ketchup, BBQ sauce, flavored yogurts, cocktails, etc. This is making it easy for our bodies to be OVERLOADED with sugar (fact: the average american is now consuming around 22 teaspoons of sugar DAILY!). This overconsumption is a big cause when it comes to obesity, fatigue, “brain-fog” and poor digestive systems.
Our body should only be getting an absolute MAXIMUM of 6-9 teaspoons of sugar each day (1 tsp = 4 grams). When you cut out sugar and your taste buds adjust you will be amazed and how much better you feel! (Men should not consume more than 9 tsp – 36 grams – daily; women should not consume more than 6 tsp – 24 grams – daily)
Wheat (and gluten)
Grains and gluten can be highly inflammatory to the digestive tract. They contain anti-nutrients called lectins, enzyme inhibitors and phytates, which can irritate the lining of the intestines, inhibit the breakdown of food, decrease absorption of vitamins and minerals and even cause problems like leaky gut, SIBO and celiac disease.
Almost everyone is on the gluten-sensitive spectrum somewhere. Most people who cut out gluten and replace it with the right foods experience nothing but positive results: less bloating, better digestion, clearer skin and for some, even weight loss.
A lot of the bread and grain products on the market are full of insane amounts of ingredients. Seriously, how many ingredients could you possibly need to make a good loaf of bread?!
Unfortunately, many companies cut corners or use chemicals and unnecessary additives and preservatives in their breads and pastas to make them softer, last longer, taste better and make them cheaper to make it large quantities.
With all the propaganda encouraging consumers to buy milk, not a lot of Americans realize that there is continued scientific research being performed that has linked milk to increased cancer risk and other undesirable health issues. You see, humans are the only mammal that continue to drink milk year after year even after weaning off of mom’s milk.
Many people are lactose intolerant becausethe body naturally stops producing lactase (the enzyme needed to digest lactose) at an early age. Studies have shown that excessive milk consumption has a history of creating mucus in the body, particularly the respiratory tract. This can create symptoms of asthma and other problems. Are your kids constantly experiencing disgusting snot rockets? Get them off of milk! Sinus infections? Same thing. It’s unnecessary in the diet.
Also of concern (especially in the United States) is the use of growth hormones and antibiotics in our milk-producing cows. All of these also end up in our milk and thus in our own bodies. In MANY studies around the world, these additives have been linked to reproductive problems and cancer. American milk has actually been BANNED in over 30 countries around the world due to these dangerous practices!
Cows in many conventional dairy farms have terrible mastitis and the pus also ends up in the milk.
Most packaged foods are full of foreign ingredients that you have never heard of. My rule of thumb is this: if you’ve never heard of it, can’t pronounce it or cannot identify the source of the ingredient, then it’s not a good idea to eat it.
You may see names such as soy protein isolate, citric acid, sulfites, aspartame, corn syrup, red dye #4, yellow dye #2 and other unhealthy fillers. A great portion of these ingredients and many like them are banned in other countries around the world.
There are also chemicals and hidden ingredients in processed food that are not even listed on the label. If it comes in a package, rethink your choice or become extremely well educated on exactly what companies put in their products.
Soy contains lectins and phytic acid, along with phytoestrogens. These are chemicals that actually mimic estrogen in the body. This can be a big problem for those that are already estrogen dominant.
Studies continue to show that many autoimmune diseases, including lupus, cancer and many more have estrogen dominance as a common factor in disease.
Estrogen dominance has also been linked to infertility, hormonal imbalance in both sexes and issues with the entire endocrine system, especially the thyroid. Not to mention the fact that soy also contains trypsin inhibitors. This interferes with protein digestion and causes the body to crave more micronutrients to support its efforts.
Now for the fun part! Here are all the things you can FILL your kitchen with that will give you energy, fuel your cells and promote vitality and longevity!
Instead of sugar…
100% raw honey, pure maple syrup, pure stevia, monk fruit, molasses, raw and dried (unsweetened) fruit of any kind.
Instead of wheat…
Quinoa, buckwheat, sprouted grains, amaranth, brown, white or wild rice.
Instead of dairy…
Milk: (unsweetened) cashew, coconut, hemp and almond milk.
I highly recommend juicing to anyone who is serious about improving their health. I have seen it work for people too many times to not promote it passionately!
Vegetables and fruit make up some of the healthiest and most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. There are hundreds of nutrients and disease-fighting compounds in fruits and vegetables that simply cannot be found anywhere else.
Drinking green juice can help augment a diet that is low in greens, vegetables and fruits. As well as super-boost those of us whose systems have been worn down by processed foods, chemicals, additives and toxins.
As you can see, having a transformation roadmap is a great way to set yourself up for SUCCESS! I know it can be overwhelming. When I started I thought I was “way too busy” to make changes, but I did. And it worked!
You deserve this, my friend. Your first step will be the hardest. But you don’t have to do it alone. The entire Fitlife team and I are here to support, encourage, empower and inspire you. We believe in you. You CAN do this!
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
During my FitLife transformation, I lost 70 pounds! That's why I signed up for the protocol, but the most exciting result is that I found ME in the process. I had been hiding under a pile of pounds, self-doubt, and grief! FitLife changed my life and I knew I had to share it with others.
-Lynne, Longwood FL
I started with Fitlife back in 2011-2012…I wrote into Fitlife asking for an extreme amount of help. I was 300 pounds, with high cholesterol, and Drew helped me transform my life. I lost over 130 pounds and I no longer have high cholesterol. Not only did I lose weight, so did my husband, who lost over 70 pounds!