I’ve always been fascinated by the mind/body/spirit connection. As a personal trainer much of my focus at times is on the body. I’m concerned about what it can do and how to push the limits. However, I’m learning that the best way to change the body is to change the mind and get in touch with the spirit. I’m reminded that we are really spirits that walk around in a flesh suit. We were also given a magnificent mind. If we can learn to use our brains to their full capacity there would be no limits to what we could accomplish.
Over the past few months I’ve been reading the work of Daniel G. Amen. Dr. Amen is the founder of the Amen Clinics, where they teach people how to improve their brain health. They have found that as the brain heals, the rest of the body follows. One thing he talks about in his books, is the notion of killing the ANTs that come to invade your brain. An ANT is an Automatic Negative Thought. Negative thoughts present themselves several times throughout the day. But we don’t have to believe every thought we have. There is actually a way to apply Raid to your brain and kill the ANTs.
When it comes to weight loss or athletic performance here are some common ANTs:
- I’ll never run a 10 minute mile
- I’ll never lose these 20 pounds
- I’ll always be overweight
- I’m big boned
- I could never jump rope
- I have no upper body strength
- I’m too big to workout at the gym
- I can’t run
- I have no discipline
- I have no will power
These negative thoughts come with all sorts of excuses or reasons why. However, if you stop and ask yourself if this are really true, you’ll find they are not. Killing the ANTs starts with a big dose of truth serum. Once you start telling yourself the truth, the ANTs will go away. Like ants in your kitchen, negative thoughts leave an invisible trail. If you’re not diligent you’ll find your brain infested by ANTs again. It is true that you are who you think you are. What ever thoughts you habitually think will become your truth.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- If you have experienced any type of brain trauma, make an appointment to see a specialist. Request a brain scan to make sure that you don’t have any lingering effects of the trauma.
- If you suspect that you may have Adult ADD, PTSD, or OCD, get it treated. It may seem like a small thing, and you may be coping with it. But these and other mental disorders can be part of the reason you struggle to lose weight.
- If you are depressed, please seek treatment today. There is a strong connection between depression and over eating.
- Make up your mind to always tell yourself the truth and not get bogged down in negative thinking.
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, P.T.
- YogaFit for Warriors: Treating PTSD on Base (prweb.com)
- 9 Ways to Instantly Strengthen Your Brain (openforum.com)