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Change of Lifestyle

At the beginning of this summer, I decided to make a conscious change in my eating habits. I began by counting my daily calorie intake. My motivation for this mundane activity was when I finally noticed that one of my favorite leather belts was getting tighter and tighter and I simply couldn’t allow myself to start using another belt loop. I have two loops that I’ve used over the last twenty years and there’s no way I was going to relinquish another loop.

So I dug in. I decided that enough was enough and the only way I could truly do my new healthy eating habit justice would be to measure the calories I was putting into my body. At first, I was under the impression that I needed to be concerned about what type of calories I was putting into my body, but after some due diligence and getting tired of reading blog after blog written by health experts and nutritionists, I reasoned that if I wanted to reduce my waist and lose weight then I would have to consume fewer calories then I was burning up each day. It sounds simple in theory but in practice, I found out how difficult it can be.

The other new habit I decided to get into was to start weighing myself daily, as well as, measuring my waist. I thought it would motivate me to keep going if I saw my weight and waist were reducing. I made it a morning ritual and within days I could see I was making some progress.

My first four pounds came off within the first 9 days. It doesn’t take long to shave off weight if you go on a cleanse and stop eating for a few days. Plus it’s a lot easier than you think it will be once you get busy and get out of the breakfast, lunch, dinner and copious amounts of snacks habit. I noticed that I had some ingrained habits like going for seconds at dinner and the same applied to drinking beer or wine. One glass was never enough and after a couple or four drinks who can resist the quest for peanuts or sweets to try to appease one’s appetite?

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What I learned from this exercise is that I have been overeating most of my life. My caloric intake was way beyond what my body actually needed to maintain my current body weight. In fact, I was consuming about 1000 calories in excess of what my average daily allowance should be. No wonder I was pinching more than an inch. So this new routine of counting calories and measuring my weight and waist taught me quite a lot about myself and my over-consumption habits.

Also, I found out that my eating habits are twice as bad when I travel. I tend to go for unhealthy options way too often when I’m on the road.

I noticed that my energy levels and moods were directly proportional to my food choices. This is obvious I know but because I was filling my journal with every drink and morsel that entered my body I was also becoming more aware of my energy levels. My take away was clear that I didn’t and don’t need to consume copious calories to feel satisfied and I can eat small bites more often throughout the day rather than sitting down to eat a big lunch and then later feeling tired and bloated.

Writing down the number of calories in everything I ate quickly became a boring exercise but I persisted right the way through my 15 day USA road trip in July, my European trip in September and finally stopped just before I traveled to the East Coast of Canada. This meant I amassed about 4 months of prodigious and valuable note-taking. Regardless of the boring task, I can safely say it was time well spent because I now know how many calories I should be ingesting each day, as well as, where the big calorie/ little satisfaction foods like potato chips should fit in, if at all, in my daily life.

This daily task of conscious calorie counting has allowed me to form a healthy new habit of monitoring how much and how well I eat and encouraged a more regular exercise routine. I’m happy to report that my journey this year has stopped and hopefully reversed the insane extra weight I was putting on and carrying around with me.

I can say that I lost 10 lbs in that four months and because I stopped consciously limiting my calories I’ve ashamedly put about 5 lbs back on. This has spurred a new insight that I will pursue in 2018.  I will look at ways to increase my calorie burn through more physical movement and fun exercises that will allow my work-in-progress goal to be reached and maintained over the next 12 months. Sure, I’ve slipped up a bit this year but I am proud that I have not allowed my persuasive lazy ways to win out and consume my core healthy self.

Dominic Kotarski is the author of international best-seller “The Making”. He writes, speaks, inspires, motivates and teaches on the most important aspects of your business including Sales, Coaching, Team-Building, People Management and Business Development. Get weekly access to his blog & training videos FREE by subscribing HERE! and when you sign up you will get Instant Access to his Sales Skills Training Video.

Dominic Kotarski

Dominic Kotarski is an author, coach, sales trainer and Founder of Sales Success Academy. He's personally inspired, coached, trained and managed thousands of salespeople and business owners in 11 different countries. You can find him in Vancouver, Canada where he lives, works, runs, ski's and spends most of his free time with his family.

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