Fitness Lessons From Eat, Pray, Love

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A fit and healthy gal named Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a best selling book called “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia


In it, the skilled writer Elizabeth chronicles a year she spent divided between:

  • Italy (Learning how to love eating)
  • India (Learning how to love praying)
  • Bali (Learning how to love loving)

If you haven’t read it, don’t worry. I won’t spoil any surprises.

During four months Elizabeth spent at an Indian Ashram a fellow student gave her some great advice…


Indian Ashram
One day she was whining to him about her frustrations.

He could have sympathized with “Boy, that’s tough.” Or he could have criticized with “That’s nothing, stop whining!”

But he didn’t do either one.

Instead he said this…

“It’s a pity you’re the only person in the history of the world who ever had this problem.”

Isn’t what he said great? We ALL have problems, frustrations, fears, and doubts.

The thing to realize here is that problems can be overcome. It it’s been overcome once, somewhere, by someone, it can be overcome by you right here, right now. Her friend was giving her perspective.


She Had REAL Pizza In Italy
He went on to say:
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select what clothes you’re going to wear every day. This is a power you can cultivate.
If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.
Drop everything else but that.
Because if you can’t learn to master your thinking, you’re in deep trouble forever.”
 This is some powerful stuff.


Bali Looks Like Fun
In my Unstoppable Fitness Formula we have an abundance of techniques to help you master your thinking and accelerate your results.

Here’s one of my favorite exercises to find where your thinking is holding you back:

We’ll assume a goal of losing 5% of your body’s fat.

Now seriously ask yourself “What could I LOSE while working on this goal?”

Here’s a small sample of answers I’ve seen (with a rebuttal):

  • “I’d have to buy new clothes!” (How can THIS possibly be a negative?)
  • “My kids won’t want to eat healthier foods!” (Hey, YOU’RE the parent. Show them how much you love them by keeping them fit, healthy, and energetic)
  • “I’ll have to invest in a trainer!” (Having a trainer with a proven plan is often the deciding factor between success and failure)
  • “I’ll have to spend hours and hours in the gym!” (It only takes four 30 minute sessions a week. Couldn’t you find a few hours during the week where YOU are the most important thing to do?)
  • “I don’t like to sweat” (Get fat and you’ll sweat trying to tie your shoes)
  • “It won’t be any FUN!” (Find an a fun, energetic, knowledgeable trainer and then enlist a friend to sign up with you. It’ll be more fun than spending the next 20 years avoiding seeing yourself in the mirror, I promise)
  • “I’ll lose all my friends!” (If your friends would leave you for accomplishing such a healthy and fun goal, they weren’t your friends in the first place)

There are literally dozens of other objections and avoidances people list if they’re honest with themselves.

We subconsciously let these small fears keep us from taking action towards our needs, wants, and goals.


Bali Again!
So make your list of the negatives of achievement. Take a good hard look at it.

Couldn’t you quickly overcome all of them, if you wanted to?

Of course you could.

Don’t let your past control your future.

Re-read the title of this post, get moving, and don’t forget to Eat, Pray, and Love.

Committed to your success,

~ Lucas Wold

PS – Here’s more of wisdom from Elizabeth Gilbert:

“The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.”

Trust yourself.


Elizabeth Gilbert

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