The Lies I Tell To Myself That Keeps Me Being An Oompa Loompa
So I have gotten really fat lately. I probably weigh 220 pounds.
There are pros to this. I find myself being more humble and willing to wear comfortable clothing. I am also getting good use out of some rope I am using as a belt.
What does stink includes some of the following:
- being naked and around mirrors
- being in pictures (this is coming from a guy)
- being in public
- sitting, especially with a belt on
- talking to anyone of the opposite sex and feeling confident
- being around people that are taking care of their health
- always being tired
- random injuries and soreness that isn’t worth mentioning in public arenas
So I know that most of this actually comes down to what I eat. My biggest culprit are these crystalline carbohydrates that we call sugar.
Not this “Sugar”:
or this “Sugar”:
I mean this kind of sugar:
I know how terrible simple carbs can be for your health on multiple levels. They slow down your metabolism, lower your immune system making you suseptible to disease, causes diabeties(sorry even if you have a positive attitude and call it “livabeties” it still doesn’t go away), sugar kills your teeth, and plenty of other terrible things.
The sugar bain of my existence is going to work. I eat fine at home, but I work with people that for the most part don’t care that much about health. Now let me qualify by saying quickly they aren’t bad people. In fact, they are great people. They just all have a couple things in common: love for a tech company, talented skill sets, and love for sugary consumption.
Let me try to explain this place. Willy Wonka would be jealous at times with the amount of sugar that poors through that place. Each holiday is like a Oompa Loompas backed a truck in with yummy sugar goodness.
In fact now that I think about it, every day feels like a holiday there.
This is footage of my work place I recorded earlier today.
Now it isn’t that bad, but for someone that has bad habits of eating sugar and wants to change…it…is…hard. HARD!
You can’t avoid it. It’s like telling yourself you won’t watch a Charlie Sheen interview, but everywhere you look there is a montage of Charlie Sheen going on about tiger’s blood, rocket fuel on the tip of his saber, and duh…winning.
I am sure we all know that telling yourself, “Don’t eat sugar” will just lead to you thinking about it and eventually eating sugar.
You have to fill the gap with something else, but it can’t just be a regimen of specific foods, calories, and exercises. While a regimen is important, it can only go so far. You have to have an idea.
The truth is that people motivate and convince themselves to do the actions that will lead them to being fat or lead them to being in good shape. We tell ourselves stories that make us act in a way that will lead to one of these two areas. There is no middle ground.
For the people striving to be fat the story goes something like this: “I am going to work out, but I have a lot to do at work. When I get home I am tired an I have plenty of other things to deal with such as chores and family stuff. Work is very important to me right now for my family as well. I have to close $200,000 in volume this quarter or I could lose my job. I have a family to support and bills to pay. I will get back to working out in a few months when things settle down.”
That is a really good story plump people, like me right now, tell themselves. We rationalize cutting out proper health with other often noble behaviors in favor of taking care of their health. Whether we are right or wrong, it doesn’t matter. This is the story we tell ourselves and we believe it. We then claim we are not that fat and then one day it hits us…”whoa…how did I get so fat?” Well you have been telling yourself a great story that you have been willing to listen to each and every day.
The person in shape says, “I am in shape because I want to take care of my health and age well for my family so I can support them when I get older. I know if I take care of my health I will be alert, confident, and close more business.”
These are two very similar stories, but very different outcomes. Similar goals, but different ways to achieve them.
If you want to convince yourself, you need to find the right story that motivates you to be really who you want to be. You have to cling to that story, develop it, repeat it to yourself and others. The more you think about it and say it, the more it will become a reality.
Seth Godin in his book All Marketers Are Liars spoke about his profession in a similar manner, “Stories let us lie to ourselves. And those lies satisfy our desires. It’s the story, not the good or the service you actually sell, that pleases the customer.”
I have realized just like how Seth has that storytelling makes all the difference in truly believing an idea. The reason I am fat right now is because I have planted seeds of the fat story. When I plant the seeds of the healthy story then I am lifting weights, running, and eating spaghetti squash.
It is not so much that I am lifting weights, running, or eating spaghetti squash because I am madly in love with those things. I am madly in love with the result that those things give me.
Here are some of the results I love or the Cliff Notes for The Healthy Cade Story:
- Going to the beach
- Six Pack
- Easily fit into clothes, including more form fitting clothes
- Inspiring others to be healthy by leading by example
- Feeling attractive around the opposite sex based on initial appearances
- Doing a triathlon
- Acting in a blockbuster movie
- Being a star quarterback on a Super Bowl winning team
- Seeing people from my past that remembered me being heavier and impressing them with my physical transformation
Now you might say a few things about this list.
- You: “This seems shallow.” Me: “Yes it is. This is my story. Go make your own.”
- You: “Uhhh I don’t see you on IMDB or anywhere on NFL.com. Who are you? Those things can’t happen.” Me: “First, see above. Second, I don’t care if these things never happen. I want to live my life in a way that is inspiring. These are just a few of the things that motivate me to bring excitement to my journey. You have to had outrageous goals as well in your story to shock your body out the trance it is currently in.”
- You: “Actually that story kinda sucks.” Me: “While it is my story…yeah I don’t love it right now either. I am going to keep developing it though. That is why I have this web site so I can do a better job of developing that story and you Mr. Cranky Pants can help me by sharing your story too.”
So don’t just create the daily plan for calories and exercises. That stuff can be boring.
Become obsessed with your story of who you really are. Get excited about it. This is what keeps you fighting through the plateaus, the busy days, the church and family functions, the term sheet that is due for the round of funding you are getting or whatever. Embrace it like Charlie Sheen would want you too. (Well maybe not that far.)
What story are you currently telling yourself? Is it the story you want to tell yourself? If no, what is the story you want to tell yourself?