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By Frankie Forza
I remember reading Stephen Covey’s classic book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” and a certain gem instantly married itself to my mind:
‘The greatest threat to relationships, in both our personal and professional lives, is a failure to manage expectations.’
Note: I’m paraphrasing Covey’s teaching, which is super relevant to today’s topic. I hear it quite a bit, “Frankie, I’m not that disciplined. How do I commit to healthy living for the rest of my life?”
The answer starts with this 10-minute video I recently recorded…
The video discusses:
There’s a big difference between “KNOWING” and ‘DOING.” Many studies — confirming my own observations in the trenches over the past three decades — indicate that the vast majority of Americans find it extremely difficult to commit to healthy living long-term.
“One study of dieting obese patients followed them for varying lengths of time. Among those who were followed fewer than two years, 23 percent gained back more weight than they had lost, while of those who were followed for at least two yeas, 83 percent gained back more weight than they had lost, Mann said. One study found that 50 percent of dieters weighed more than 100 pounds over their starting weight five years after the diet, she said.” — excerpt from newsroom.ucla.edu about the work of UCLA psychology researchers Traci Mann and Janet Tomiyama, who crunched meta-data based on 31 different diet studies and published their findings in the journal of the American Psychological Association (2007).
Link to UCLA, Mann and Tomiyama’s meta-data study findings ‘DIET DOESN’T WORK’:
Link to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that ‘Nearly 80 Percent of Adult Americans Don’t Get Recommend Amount of Exercise Each Week’:
Link to foxnews.com story, “Gymtimidation”:
Clark “The Spark” Anderson, an exercise physiologist and professional trainer, procrastinated for years before finally enrolling in college when he was 35.
I’m on the cusp of 46 years old, Clark is closing in on 52, yet we both feel phenomenal for our age.
“I believe the best years of my life are in front of me,” Clark says. “I don’t know how many years I have left but I’m gonna’ make the most of them.”
Check out our two-part video interview on YouTube, https://youtu.be/0k8HSswynVc
Clark and I discuss a few keys to conquer self-sabotaging behaviors such as procrastination, play-it-safe comfort zones and the “I’m too old” mental shackles.
We cover a lot of ground, including:
With the last question, nearly every hand in the class shot up. A reminder that, particularly here in the U.S., all is well that ends well. We are very much a how-you-finish society.