Today’s Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). This one is Super Bowl XLIX, the culmination of the 2014 season.
Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for US food consumption, after Thanksgiving day. Arguably, it’s the biggest day for US junk food consumption.
Don’t forget to create some healthy snacks before game time, and remember the huge number of calories in pop and alcohol. Just as you may have made plans to deal with the temptations of Thanksgiving or Christmas, Super Bowl Sunday can turn into an eating spree.
“The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.”
– Bob Schieffer
Seven Tips for Winning
Our seven tips for winning apply, of course, to achieving excellent health and permanently overcoming being overweight. If you look closely, you’ll see that they also apply to winning football championships!
1 – Have Clear Goals
A true goal, they say, is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based. In other words, SMART. “I’m going to lose weight” is not a clear goal. “I’m going to go from a size 16 to a size 12 by bikini season (the beginning of June)” is clear. Once you have a clear goal, you can make a plan to achieve it.
2 – Think Positive
Thinking positive means to frame your goals in terms of positive statements. Instead of saying “I’m going to lose 30 pounds”, say “I’m going to be a healthy size 8.” Instead of talking about how you hate counting calories, talk about how you love eating healthy food.
3 – Hang Out With Winners
The people you spend the most time with have a big impact on whether or not you’ll achieve your goals. Look around yourself realistically. Are these people, the ones you spend your day with, going where you want to go?
Sometimes you need to adjust the amount of time you spend with certain people, if they’re not supporting you in your quest to get healthy. Pessimism is contagious, but so is optimism. Choosing to spend your time with positive, optimistic, supportive friends will help you stay on track.
4 – Be Persistent
Persistence pays. There are literally thousands of examples: Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections before becoming one of our most famous US presidents. It takes time to develop skill in any endeavor, even staying healthy. Look at Lincoln’s persistence:
- Failed in business at age 31
- Was defeated in a legislative race at age 32
- Failed again in business at age 34
- Overcome death of sweetheart at age 35
- Had a nervous breakdown at age 36
- Lost an election at age 38
- Lost a congressional race at age 43
- Lost a congressional race at age 46
- Lost a congressional race at age 48
- Lost a Senatorial race at age 55
- Failed to become Vice President at age 56
- Lost a Senatorial race at age 58
- Was elected President of the United States at age 60
5 – Fail Without Drama
If you slip up, skip your exercise program, slide off your diet, or even gain a few pounds — just stop, then restart. Don’t make a big fuss. Don’t tell yourself this is the end of your aspirations. Simply choose to write the small failure off and not let it become a large one. Start again. Every successful person and certainly every successful championship football player has learned this lesson.
6 – Remember to Prepare
Preparation is crucial. It is literally half the battle won. If you don’t have the right food, the right ingredients, enough time, or enough planning you set yourself up for diet failure. Make sure that you always have Plan B in place when it comes to what you’re going to eat, so that you always have a healthy choice.
7 – Win as a Team
If you watch the Super Bowl today, notice the teamwork, the mutual support involved in achieving goals. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a weight loss or exercise buddy, although as a rule that can be a good strategy. It does mean that you need other people involved in achieving your goals. You need a support system that can help you get to where you want to go. If you’re in Hawaii, give us a call and I’ll meet you for a no-obligation interview to help you understand how our office supports you in medical weight loss.
I hope these seven tips can help you achieve your weight loss and health goals. As you watch touchdowns scored today, imagine the complete delight you will feel when you reach your goal. Go read a few of our client’s weight loss stories.
Some of our clients walk around on a daily basis giving thanks because their knees don’t hurt, because their back no longer aches, because they can keep up with their children. In some cases, they no longer require prescription medications. Others realize they have literally added years, good years, to their lifespan.
That’s what winning feels like when it comes to weight loss and good health. You too can achieve that feeling.