Sunday, March 30, 2014

How To Succeed at Weight Loss (And Anything Else)

Not a day goes by that I am not asked some variation of the following question:

"How did you lose all that weight?"

Everyone wants the secret.  "Tell me what to eat!  How much cardio should I do?  What foods should I avoid?"

So for the very first time, I'm going to divulge the secret weapon when it comes to weight loss and just about anything else in life.  Lean very close to your screen and take it all in.

The way to lose weight and keep it off forever is this:

Establish and follow a set routine.

Even though it might not seem like it, I know you.  I can see you, sitting in your house right now, almost as if a camera has been planted there.  If you are overweight or out of shape, what you are doing wrong is drifting through your life with no plan.  You are on the "grab something" diet.  You know the diet I am talking about.  "I'll grab something when I get to work.  I'll grab something on the way home."

What you are really 'grabbing' is chaos.  You live your life one minute to the next, putting zero effort into what you're doing.  There is no planning.  There is no structure.  And there definitely is not a routine.

I was recently watching a very old movie from my childhood.  I hadn't seen it in 30 years.  It was called "Iceman."  It's a fictional story about a science expedition that found a perfectly preserved 40,000 year old neanderthal caveman frozen in a block of ice.  They thawed him out and brought him back to life.  Go ahead, check it out.  It's on Netflix streaming.

One thing immediately jumped out at me in this movie.  The prehistoric man, upon being brought back to life, was placed in an artificial habitat (like at a zoo.)  What did he do?  Did he sit there and stare at the wall?  Did he cry about how he had no idea where he was and what he was supposed to do?  Nope.

He immediately went to work.  His first order of business was killing a wild pig for food that was roaming his habitat.  Then he went about starting a fire.  Then he collected everything he could find, laying it out in front of him so he could observe his inventory and figure out what to do with it.  He found berries to crush, so he could make ink to paint the cave walls to do his drawings.

In short, he was observing a set routine that ensured his survival.  If you are to lose weight and experience any chance at keeping that weight off, you must establish and follow a routine.  I'm not saying the routine can't change, but it has to be there.

Think about how we raise small children from the time they are a baby.  All successful mothers will tell you: set up a routine.  Schedule nap time.  Go to bed at the same time every night.  Kids like structure.  They will flourish.  Do the basics every day the same way, at the same time.  Do you think this need for structure and predictability goes away when we become adults?  It shouldn't, not if you want to be successful. 

Anyone that has met me or knows me in the last 4 years knows that my routine is sacred.  It is not to be interfered with.  There are non-negotiable aspects of my routine that keep me on the straight and narrow.  I must walk every day at least a few miles.  I must always pack my lunch and eat it.  I must eat every few hours.  Restaurants are not an option unless I absolutely have to.  I must drink water.

Remember: if you are going through life just doing whatever, then "whatever" is what you're going to weigh.  "Whatever" is how long you're going to live.  "Whatever" is how much success you're going to have in life.

You can do better.  I can do better.  But it all starts with a routine.  Once you set up your routine, you start to follow it.  Day after day, the routine will develop.  Then it will become second nature.  If your routine is a healthy one, good health will follow.

Like the caveman, your routine will become very ingrained in you.  You too will be pre-programmed for success.  You will do what you do automatically, because it is just what you do.  It will become second nature.

What's your routine going to be?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bryan Ganey Speaks To City of Charleston Employees

On 2/11/2014, I spoke at the Charleston Maritime Center.  It was to kick off the City of Charleston Employee yearly weight loss challenge. Check out the video below!

Monday, February 3, 2014

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bryan Ganey on the Dave Ramsey Show

Tomorrow at 3:30 EST, I will be on the Dave Ramsey Show to talk about losing almost 400 pounds and paying off $60,000 in debt.  Check out the video I made for the show, which is on Dave Ramsey's YouTube Channel.

The show airs at different times in different cities, so check your local listings. You can also listen with the Dave Ramsey Show App on your iPhone or through the iHeartRadio app on the Dave Ramsey Channel.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Debt and Diet: Both Four-Letter Words

Recently, I created a video for the Dave Ramsey Show where I talk about how my weight loss journey was closely related to getting out of debt.

I did both at the same time.  It took 3 1/2 years to lose almost 400 pounds. It took 4 years to "lose" $60,000 in debt (most of it credit cards.)

I ran across an article today on that is filled with so many myths, I had to write about it.  The article is about how half of America lives paycheck-to-paycheck.

I used to live paycheck-to-paycheck.  I don't anymore.  I made a choice.

So what changed?

Just like with the weight, I decided I had enough.  NO MORE.  No more being broke on payday.  No more blowing through thousands of dollars and having nothing to show for it.  No more being subservient to the credit card companies and banks.

No more calling and begging for a credit line increase because I had an emergency.  No more.

No more.

Here is what I figured out:  being broke and in debt is a choice.  It was a choice I was making on a daily basis. It was a choice I made for the first 37 years of my life.

 No more.

So back to this ridiculous article in Time.  I take issue with the following statement:

"The plight of these folks is compounded by the fact that the recession ravaged many Americans’ credit scores to the point that now 56% percent of us have subprime credit. That means that if emergencies arise, many Americans are forced to resort to high-interest debt from credit cards or payday loans."

Pardon me if my head explodes. Replace "are forced" with "choose" and I'm OK with the above statement. What you need in an emergency is CASH.  Real MONEY.  Money you have consciously and intentionally set aside for actual emergencies. The absolute last thing any of us need in an financial emergency is more debt.

In other words, we choose to be broke.  We choose to live from paycheck-to-paycheck.  Just like I chose to be in debt for years.  Just like I chose to weigh almost 600 pounds.

It's our choice to make.  Let's make a better one! 

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