The following observation is my opinion based on years of experience, research and working with hundreds of clients.
Believing you can decide that there are better or worse times to focus on your weight, fitness and relationship with food; better or worse times you want to get help and support in your weight loss and fitness efforts and that there are times it’s okay to consciously decide to ignore your efforts and goals for weight loss and fitness is exactly the same as accepting a life where you will routinely choose to gain weight and become less fit.
Translation: You are always eating and exercise plan: there is no decision here. The only decision that is yours is how effective that plan will be at all times for your weight, fitness and most importantly, your quality of life.
In his book Mastery, best selling author Robert Greene explains how EET (and many other skills) work for long term success:
What separates masters from others is often something surprisingly simple. Whenever we learn a skill, we frequently reach a point of frustration– what we are learning seems beyond our capabilities….
Many of those who succeed in life have had the experience in their youth of having mastered some skill–a sport or game, a musical instrument, a foreign language, and so on. Buried in their minds is the sensation fo overcoming their frustrations and entering the cycle of accelerated returns….Filled with trust in the process, they trudge well past the point at which others slow down or mentally quit.
When it comes to mastering a skill, TIME is the magic ingredient (EET calls this LEARNING TIMING in our book). Assuming your practice proceeds at a steady level, over days and weeks certain elements of the skill become hardwired. Slowly, the entire skill becomes internalized , part of your nervous system. The mind is no longer mired in the details, but can see the larger picture.
It is a miraculous sensation and practice will lead you to that point, no matter the talent level you are born with. The only real impediment to this is yourself and your emotions—boredom, panic, frustration, insecurity. You cannot suprpress such emotions–they are normal to the process and are experienced by everyone, including masters.
What you can do is have faith in the process. the boredom will go away once you enter the cycle. The panic disappears after repeated exposure. The frustration is a sign of progress–a signal that your mind is processing complexity and requires more practice…Trusting all this will happen, you will allow the natural learning process to move forward, and everything else will fall into place.
Grok is a delicious crispy “chip” made of 100% Cheese (click to enlarge)
It’s 8:30 PM and you’re craving your nightly bowl of buttered popcorn. Sure, it’s a ton of carbs, calories and fat and you would rather stick to your diet, but it’s just not gonna happen. So you choose “dieter denial”. This allows you to avoid the guilt as you block out images of getting on the scale in favor of satisfying your cravings and hunger. Not the greatest weight loss strategy, and it’s a very questionable approach to enjoying food.
But, what if you had Grok nearby? You could enjoy 25 of these tasty cheese crisps which are moderate in calories, quite a bit lower in fat than most cheese and have exactly ZERO carbs, and you might be satisfied. Surely on some nights you would be.
Have you tried Grok? Have you heard of Grok? You sure you love food? Isn’t it worth your time to search out foods like Grok rather than just trying to force yourself not to eat popcorn or just caving in as a slave to your cravings and going into dieter denial because you “love food” so much? How many Groks are out there for you to enjoy at the right times while you lose weight, just waiting to be discovered?
See EET Timing in action as I walk through my timing plan to DIET (yes DIET) on Super Bowl Sunday– and every other day for that matter! I LOVE MY EET DIET!
P.S. I used a 2013 calendar but the timing concepts are still the same–and the Super Bowl is still on Sunday! :-)
Everyone (but the food police who fear it and try to learn to hate it) screams for Ice Cream, but that’s not exactly what we mean.
I love Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (shown above) and go out of my way to buy it occasionally as a special treat on my EET Plan
I have no desire whatsoever to eat Safeway’s Lucerne Brand Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and never do, even if it’s the only ice cream available and no matter how hungry or how strong my cravings are for chocolate chip ice cream.
I love Rite-Aid’s Thrifty Brand Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and eat 1/3-1/2 carton a day 3-5 days a week (okay some days I go with Cotton Candy :-) ) !
These 3 ice creams, while all the same chocolate chip flavor and with the same basic ingredients, couldn’t be more different in the way I crave them and the way I deal with them on my EET plan. If you really think about it, I bet you could explain several reasons why. One more for today:
This Ben and Jerry’s chocolate flavor doesn’t appeal to me at all. I would never even want to try it, much less binge on it.
How is all this possible if I’m just a slave to horrible, addictive, processed refined sugar as experts claim it effects my brain like heroin, making me an addict?
How interesting is it that I’ve worked with 100’s of people, and they all, without exception, can identify their personal preferences for a huge variety of foods, including wanting no part of some brands of the same type of food even though it contains the same basic ingredients that experts claim are “addictive” (refined sugar, chocolate, high glycemic carbs, etc)….
This is a meaningful EET Fitness discovery with powerful implications for your weight loss and fitness efforts.