Tony Robbins

The Final Stretch!!

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Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

At my heaviest I was 340! In my twenties I lost a lot of weight because I stopped overeating and started binge-drinking. I do not recommend this method for anyone. It did considerable damage to my physical and mental health. But, during June of last year I had what I refer to as the worst week of my life. My impacted wisdom became infected and started causing me some pretty severe pain and then I saw a bat and got really scared. I reached what Tony Robbins refers to as an “emotional threshold”, a “magical moment when pain becomes our friend”. I became determined to do whatever I could do within my own power to improve my physical and mental health! I became determined to quit drinking, start eating healthy, and unlock the secrets to being high-energy! For the first time in my adult life I began to lose weight in a healthy way.

My ultimate weight loss goal is 170, because reaching that mark would mean that I’ve lost half of my body weight. This would be an amazing achievement which very few people ever accomplish! If I can do this, there’s nothing I can’t do! My current weight is 179, which means I’ve lost 161 pounds and I am a mere nine pounds away from my ultimate weight loss goal! Not only will I definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017, but right now it’s looking like I’ll achieve it before this summer! I am less than ten pounds away from my ultimate weight-loss goal! My dream is quickly becoming my reality! I am in the final stretch!

In recent posts I’ve shared two science backed ultimate weight loss success secrets! The first was to skip breakfast! Scientists using science have demonstrated time and again that people who skip breakfast have weight loss success! The second was to pretend that you live in a universe where negative-calorie foods exist! Scientists, once again using science, have proven that while negative-calorie foods don’t exist, people who believe that they do have weight loss success! You know these secrets work because a.) they are backed by science and b.) you are watching me as I use them to achieve my ultimate weight loss success!

The third secret I’m going to share with you is this; don’t exercise to lose weight. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely exercise, just not for the purpose of losing weight. You should exercise to improve your health, physical, mental, spiritual, and sexual. You should exercise because it’s fun! But, don’t exercise for the purpose of losing weight, that’s not what it’s for! Weight loss has to be a function of your diet, not your exercise routine! Simply put, it’s much easier to cut out calories from your diet then it is to burn them at the gym. For example, at my size, if I run at a 6 mph pace for a whole freaking hour I’ll burn around eight hundred calories. If my purpose is weight loss, the reward simply isn’t worth the work! And on top of that, exercise makes you hungry. It doesn’t do you any good to burn those eight hundred calories if you’re just gonna end up being so hungry that you eat an extra thousand. And the scientists have the science to confirm my suspicions! People who do lengthy cardio routines often overestimate the calories they’ve burned and underestimate the calories they eat! The scientists have actually found that people who exercise are more likely to gain weight! I’ll say that again! People who exercise are more likely to gain weight than lose it!

You have to think of weight loss as a function of your diet! Catalog your food, count your calories, and if you want to burn more calories than you consume, look for places in your diet where you can make cuts. I’ll say it again, it’s much easier to cut calories from your diet then it is to burn them at the gym! And if you’re like me and you exercise a whole bunch, be sure to keep track of what you’ve got going in and out. Accept the fact that if you exercise a bunch, you’re going to eat more. Do the math for yourself and make sure that your calories going out is more than your calories going in! That’s what I’m consistently doing every day of every week of every month so far this year! And it’s part of why I will definitely achieve my ultimate weight loss goal in 2017 and I’ll probably achieve it before this summer!


Beliefs Pt. 1

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

I had many successes in 2016! I’ll have many more successes in 2017! And I owe a lot of my success to my beliefs! I have great beliefs! Now, for the sake of this particular post, when I talk about beliefs, I’m not referring to whether or not you believe in reincarnation or the Quran or the Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Rather, I’m referring to the very simple beliefs we hold at a subconscious level. I’m talking about the beliefs that we hold so closely that we don’t even realize we believe them.┬áIn his excellent book Awaken The Giant Within , Tony Robbins defines a belief as a “feeling of certainty about something”. This is the definition I’ll be working with.

As Robbins says; “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy”. What we believe effects us at a subconscious level and can drastically alter our behaviors. I’ll use my fear of bats as an example. When I see a bat I believe, at a very, very subconscious level, that I am in danger. My rational mind knows that I am not at all in danger. But, my subconscious mind, being utterly irrational, believes that I am in danger. This very simple and very closely held belief has an immediate effect on my behavior. I don’t know where that belief came from and, for the time being, I don’t seem to know how to correct it. But, it is there and its effects are overwhelming.

What beliefs could you be holding at a subconscious level that are effecting your behavior in an unhelpful way? These beliefs can be very simple and we are often completely oblivious to the fact that we believe them! For example, you may believe that you don’t deserve love. You may believe that your ultimate weight loss goal is unattainable. You may believe that you can never quit drinking or smoking. Those sort of beliefs would definitely result in unhelpful behavior patterns!

I can think of two incorrect beliefs I have held for most of my life which, when finally corrected, led me to make drastic, positive lifestyle changes!

The first belief is one that I’ve talked about quite a bit on this blog! For most of my adult life, I believed that I understood the universe! Now, I never for a second thought that I had it all figured out! I recognized that the universe possessed unfathomable complexity which I could never understand! But, I thought that I, and most of the intelligent and educated people I knew, had the gist of it! I knew that the universe was 14 billion years old, human beings appeared about 150,000 years ago, Socrates was the wisest man who ever lived, and you treat people how you would want to be treated. You know, the basics!

But then, back in June, I realized that a reality TV star was about to become the 45th President of the United States of America! Political commentators who I respect (Charles Krauthammer, Fareed Zakaria, George Will) all turned out to be embarrassingly wrong. I realized that not only did I not understand the universe, nobody did! This drastic change in a very simple belief resulted in very positive behavioral changes! I quit drinking, I began to eat healthy, and I began to seek out the secrets to energy and success! Just one simple belief can single-handedly determine the trajectory of your life! Oh wow!

In my next post I’ll discuss my second incorrect belief which, when corrected, led me to make drastic, positive lifestyle changes! And I’ll discuss what actions you can take to begin to correct your unhelpful beliefs! Until then, if you have any questions feel free to email me at my high-energy email address or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter! I love hearing from you guys!


Toothaches And Bats

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

2016 was the best year of my life thanks to a lot of smart lifestyle changes I made! And I would not have made those lifestyle changes if it had not been for toothaches and bats!

In his excellent book Awaken The Giant Within, Tony Robbins discusses how people will not make the positive lifestyle changes that they need to make until they experience what he calls an “emotional threshold”, a certain point when you hit a level of pain that you’re not willing to settle for anymore. He says that; “This is the magical moment when pain becomes our friend. It drives us to take new action and produce new results“. I reached my emotional threshold back in June when I had what I refer to as the worst week of my life.

I had had impacted wisdom teeth which needed to be removed immediately, but I had been putting it off for far too long. On the evening of May 30th 2016 my lower, left wisdom tooth began to ache severely. I drank some whiskey, I took some aspirin, but it did little to help the pain. I ended up getting about three hours of sleep that night. On the morning of May 31st I showed up to work sleep deprived and in severe pain. The following eight hours were hell, on several occasions I had to dismiss myself to the bathroom so my co-workers wouldn’t see me cry! Not only was I in pain, but my pain was preventing me from doing my job. I felt useless and that was even worse than the physical pain I was experiencing. I took the following day off to go see a dentist, but the pain would linger for a few more days.

Finally Friday evening rolled around and I had gotten myself a bottle of Peroxyl and a twelve pack of Founders Centennial IPA. I figured the Peroxyl would temporarily clear up my infected wisdom tooth and the beer would alleviate my pain and help me get a full night’s sleep. I was right! The Peroxyl cleaned up the current infection and the beer knocked me out, I got about ten hours of sleep and woke up on the morning of June 4th 2016 feeling pretty amazing! My toothache was gone for now and I could rejoin productive society. I headed on down to the bathroom for my morning whiz and who should be waiting for me at the bathroom door but a dirty, disgusting, confounded, son of a gun bat!

I freaking hate bats and the moment I see one I become hysterical. I screamed like a banshee, ran back to my room, and slammed the door! My brother was woken up by the noise and didn’t even need to ask. “Stay in your room. I’ve got this,” he said in an understandably annoyed voice. I stood there in my room shaking in my boots while my brother executed the very simple task of removing a bat from the house. Once again, I felt useless and that was even worse than the fear I was experiencing.

Within five days I had experienced two separate instances where my own suffering had rendered me a useless sack of bones. I hated that feeling! That was my emotional threshold and I recognized after that that I needed to make drastic lifestyle changes to improve my physical and emotional health. I realized that in order to be useful to other sentient beings, I need to take care of myself first! I’m a lot more useful to people if I’m happy, healthy, and well-rested! The worst week of my life had inspired me to seek out the secrets to energy and success!

Now, I hope you never have to endure what I went through that week! But, my hope is that if and when you should reach your emotional threshold, you pull yourself up and make the drastic changes that need to be made. Pain can become a useful friend! Use your pain to motivate you to make really positive changes in your life! And if you have any questions or you have something you’d like to see me talk about on this blog, feel free to email me at my new high-energy email address!