Fitness is only a part of the whole.

Does the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) really apply to the eating habits and exercise equation for weight-loss and maintenance? Or are there more than two components to consider in this equation?

 

Why is it that when we set off on a mission to lose weight, we attack it from all sides and attempt to change everything all at once? We buy the 30 day supply of weight-loss shakes and capsules, get a gym membership with the promise to self that we'll get up early and go before work. We buy new sneaks and clothes to coordinate the look. Oh and don't forget about the newest activity tracking device to count steps and monitor sleep. What is the common denominator in all of these things? Answer: they all exist in our 'external' world. They live outside of self and will eventually no longer be the "shiny" and "new". At some point in the near future, the magic in those expensive shakes and capsules will lose their luster; hitting snooze on your phone because you're too tired to get up "this" early will become your new normal, and most of your well-earned money will have been once again squandered in attempts to motivate yourself to get something going. When we allocate the majority of our focus on external forces it displaces our God given personal willpower.  Buying in to gimmicky weight-loss marketing tricks sells us short of the real power we can harness that resides within us. Authentic, pure mental toughness is the stuff that cultivates long-term healthy living. And it all starts with the current state of your mindset. Mindset training is something I've been studying for several years. Mindset dictates how we perceive the world. A growth mindset places us in the driver seat whereas a fixed mindset makes us a passenger. 

''Your mindset is the attitude

you adopt, specifically in

this case regarding your

confidence, determination and potential. Your mindset is

about your attitude towards life and all its challenges. People

either have a FIXED mindset

or a GROWTH mindset.''

''I CAN get

healthier.''

''Effort and progress makes me stronger physically and mentally.''

''Fitness training 3

days a week is my

goal.''

''Learning how to make healthy eating a habit is a priority.''

In order to achieve and sustain weight-loss, you'll need to consider the Pareto Principle, however, there is much more to this two sided equation. It's about your eating habits, exercise AND your mindset. Eating a balanced, nutrient dense diet is first and foremost the most essential part of the whole. The quality and quantity of exercise is what compliments your eating habits. Your mindset determines your trajectory in life. It is the lens through which you perceive yourself and the world. 

 

Mindset is EVERYTHING