My weight loss & the middle path!

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So, I’ve been working out with a new trainer for about five weeks now and I’ve been SO happy with the results. I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to meet this guy.

He walks his talk, he knows what he’s talking about and I’m seeing REAL changes. For those of you that have been reading the blog for a long time, you know that my weight has been something that I’ve been focused on trying to master for almost all of my life.

I’ve worked so hard at it for a long time, followed fads, and cleanses and all kinds of things in the pursuit of health and a slim body. It wasn’t until I met Steve  that it all came into place for me.

They say that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. Well I’m ready! I won’t get too into it, but what I can say is that I’ve lost about 10-15 lbs. of fat in the last five weeks and gained about the same in muscle. I’m seeing parts of my body that I’ve never seen before and it’s SO exciting!

One of my favorite things about Steve is that he is helping me bust through all kinds of food myths that I’ve believed for so long. There are SO many of them that I’m trying to get Steve to write a book about it. But, as I am busting through all the food myths, the good news is that I’m ALLOWED to eat food that I like.

The question is – HOW MUCH. I’ve been learning portion control. My mind is kind of ALL or NOTHING, so the education around portion control has been HUGE for me. Also, for a long time I would beat myself up for eating my favorite food on the planet – Arclight Cinema’s caramel popcorn. There is nothing quite like it. But what Steve has helped me see is that not only is it OK to have a healthy binge on Caramel corn once a week, it actually HELPS with weight loss because I’ve been eating a balanced, nutrient dense calorie deficient diet all week. So the surplus in calories one day a week is okay, and also lets my body know it’s not going to starve!

This is a crazy awesome revelation for me. I used to be so black and white about it, but I’m seeing there is a deeper shade of grey when it comes to food. And the PROOF is in the pudding. My body is changing. I’m hoping by year’s end or by my 31st birthday in January that I’ll be able to post some pretty rad before and after pics.

What I’m most thrilled about is that Steve has helped me bring awareness and the practice of “the middle path” to my body. Extremes are never healthy; it is always the middle path that seems to be the path of wisdom in my life.

I’ve been so impressed with Steve’s work and I’m most impressed that he has helped me to take the crazy insanity of neurotic calorie counting and guilt ridden favorite foods and turned this part of my life into a balance and middle way approach that is both illuminating and inspiring!

So, where in your life are you being extreme? Is there a middle path that you can take? Is there a way to literally have your cake and eat it, too? Maybe it’s just the portion size that needs to change? As always, the action happens in the comments below. Leave a comment and join the conversation! The TDL Community thrives in the comments and it’s a GREAT place to get support!

Love,

Mastin

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Mastin Kipp is the CEO and Founder of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.

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