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Radiohead versus IPod / Fine tuning your brain for weight loss success.

Before I share with you my nutrition “secrets”, I would first like to expand a little bit further on the subject of preparing your brain in order to get maximum results, before heading into the weight loss process. My brain can be either a friend or a foe, it all depends on the level of commitment that I set myself for. This is very delicate stuff to deal with because my brain may not connect with my will and desires. The only way that I can set myself up for weight loss success is to have a perfectly tuned set of thoughts that will help me “sail” through my process. More often than not, my brain will act as my deal breaker, sending me negative messages such as: “I’m too tired” or, “I have the fat genes, I’ll never lose weight anyways” and maybe “The hell with it! I’ll start again next week!”

Think of your brain as an old transistor radio. This radio will broadcast anything that pleases it, not you. Do you have any power to change the station’s programming? That answer is simply no! You may change stations over and over and still, you’ll never have any control of what your radio wants to play. What I have decided to do is to toss that old radio into a garbage can and convert my brain into a beautiful IPod with unlimited gigabytes of storage capacity!

I program my IPod only with the music that pleases me the most, therefore I’m seizing back my power. I am currently in the process of reprogramming my brain to only serve me with the thoughts and intentions I need in order to succeed. I don’t let my brain act like a radio anymore. Instead I already made my playlist of the top 100 thoughts I want to feel everyday, from dusk till dawn. I make sure that the info I play with my cerebral IPod is filled with self-assurance, empowering thoughts and plenty of peaceful enlightenment.

Do this with me and let’s make sure we play this playlist with the endless loop on! And make sure to delete the thoughts that no longer serve you in an uplifting and inspiring way.

That body that I so much desire for myself is not sitting high above a mountaintop, nor it is inside this “undisclosed secured location”.

The body you want is always up for grabs, it is within you, always available. That body is you!

The only thing we have to do is to get rid of the excess.

My life (and yours) is in a constant process of improvement.  Let’s never underestimate the power of our own thoughts because our thoughts will set  us on the path to success. The food we eat and the exercise we do are also an important part for this equation so don’t get me wrong, we won’t achieve anything based on thoughts alone. Let me organize a simple “trilogy” so that we never forget how this process works. It should go like this:
1. Thoughts
2. Nutrition
3. Exercise

I prepared my thought process first and foremost; I turned off the radio and turned on my (mental) IPod. Again, I remind everyone that I didn’t make a big stink out of it and  I didn’t prepare a political pep rally before heading into my weight loss process. I kept it quite but acted diligently. If a Chef like me (a person that has to cook, read write and talk about food everyday) can do this, then so can you!

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“Sailing the Process” (The Management of my Inner Thoughts).

The response has been immediate and quite instantaneous to my inaugural post yesterday, and most of the responses are quite similar: How do you do it? Or, help me; I need to lose weight before so and so.  To all of you seeking the raw details of my process, I promise you this: I’ll share the specifics regarding nutrition and fitness soon enough, but first we need to address the biggest enemy we possess, and that enemy is that little inner voice in the background, yes that one! The one that loves to jeopardize all of our plans, the little voice that won’t shut up, the one that reminds us of our past failures and shortcomings.

Have you ever heard the term “The monkey wrench”? Well, let’s just imagine a monkey throwing a tool-wrench straight at the wheels of a moving bicycle. Can you visualize the outcome?  Mangled spokes, some twisted rims, loud metallic noises, and most likely a rider falling from it. Not a pretty sight at all. I use the monkey scenario to help illustrate the amount of damage that our little inner voice can do to us if we don’t re-design it for proper use. Our brain can be our worst enemy if we don’t learn how to control it, even more so when we set the course to embark into a process that will lead us to change. One of the actions I took when I decided to start losing weight and achieving a better self was to take very little action, if any at all. I did not set a starting date, didn’t set a weight goal, and didn’t even think about how long this would take. I just kept living my life the same way I did the day before, but with a few exceptions. I did this for one reason and one reason only, to trick the mind into thinking that life would continue to be “business as usual”.

One of the biggest mistakes we make time and time again is making a big “stink” every time we start any kind of process that will create positive changes in our everyday lives. For example, you must have heard this one before: “Oh lord I’m starting a new diet next Monday, I need to lose weight ASAP!” or “I’ll quit smoking next week, so don’t bother me, I’ll be an absolute bitch!” The big problem with that is that our brain will automatically switch into a defensive mode while resisting evident changes ahead, which is the reason why I used the term “Sail the Process” in my previous post. I didn’t need the fanfare, or the “Pomp & Circumstance” in order to proceed with my upcoming change in lifestyle. I just started, placing one foot after the other. This isn’t a race, it’s a marathon and marathon runners are well known for their exceptional mental strength and focus.

The term “sailing the process” means that I’m not making a big fuss about it; instead I’m allowing the weight loss process into my life in a peaceful and natural manner.

I’m working my strategy while I’m in total control of my inner voice by changing the volume, the message and the tone.

I’m turning that little voice into a “partner in change” instead of a negative and bitter drill sergeant. There’s no need to dwell if we failed in the past, that’s why we get a new set of 24 hours to play with everyday, so let’s start playing again and this time we’ll do it smart!

Tomorrow I will get to the nutrition part of this process, so stay tuned!

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Introduction to my Process

Process

-The act of proceeding; continued forward movement; procedure, progress, advance.

-From Old French procés (“journey”), from Latin processus, past participle of procedo.

– A particular course of action intended to achieve a result; “the procedure of obtaining a driver’s license”; “it was a process of trial and error”.

My name is Mauricio Jiménez and I’m a human being who happens to cook for a living. I’m not a doctor, nor a nutritionist or a diet guru, I am a Chef, and as a Chef I’ve had my share of ups and downs regarding body weight issues. I am not writing this blog in order to tell you what to do with your life, and neither am I interested in starting the next “weight loss” revolution. My only wish is to share with my readers (if any) about my new life process which I recently embarked on ( merely two weeks ago) and log in what I accomplish by following my own weight loss process.

This blog will be written in plain English and I will try to keep it as simple as possible, because simple always seems to work best. I will also share information I have learned through my many years of trial and error, along with the compiled written information I have gathered thru many years of reading books about weight loss, nutrition and metabolism. I will point out these books from time to time but it is not my intention to copy them word-by-word. I began to read such publications during the days when I worked as a personal Chef. In those days I decided to offer my services solely to convalescent patients, something I always found to be not only interesting, but in fact challenging and highly educational.

By now you may have wondered why I haven’t used the word “diet” in this monologue about weight loss. The answer is quite simple:

Diets simply don’t work.

Unfortunately the word diet has become an equivalent to weight loss in today’s society and quite sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. I use the term process to indicate that this won’t be a quick-fix solution and no, I don’t expect to reach my weight loss overnight either, this will take time. I decided to use the word process in order to illustrate the fact that everything that causes change in earth’s nature, including the human body, only becomes effective through the use of an organic process. In other words; your body needs to endure a process in order to make changes. Whether it’s gaining weight or losing it, healing a bone or giving birth to a baby, everything evolves from a systematic process that makes everything real and organically tangible.

A diet is nothing more than a temporary fix to a long-term problem, whereas a process is a call to action, the starting point of something that provokes change.

This weight loss process involves the following steps; consider them a guideline or a compass that helps put everything into proper perspective.

  1. Make the decision
  2. Plan your process
  3. Envision what you want
  4. Take action
  5. “Sail the Process”*
  6. Stay the course
  7. Enjoy the results

In tomorrow’s post I’ll start sharing the details of what I’m currently doing in order to achieve a better-looking and healthier body.

Now remember this: I am not writing this from an “Ivory Tower”. I’m doing this as we speak. As a matter of fact, I’ll put on my running shoes and head out to the gym as soon as I’m finished writing this note.

You’re cordially invited to share in the process. The more the merrier!

More importantly, let’s enjoy it and have fun while we’re doing it!

All the best,

Mauricio

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