You give me fever.
I’m so inspired by these Olympic athletes who set a goal, invest their hearts and souls, and overcome adversity to compete at the hallowed Olympic Games.
Here are my favorite Olympic quotes from this week’s competition along with how I think they can help each of us on our path to our natural weight.
“What does it feel like coming from Gold and Bronze at the London Games and a whole lot of pressure? What does it feel like to come here and medal?”
David Boudia, Silver Medalist, Synchronized Diving, Rio:
“I just think that in the past there’s been an enormous amount of pressure, and I’ve felt it. It’s just an identity crisis. When my mind is on (competing) and thinking I’m defined by this, my mind goes crazy. But we know that our identity’s in Christ.”
1. How this relates to weight loss:
When you think you’re defined by your body, then being overweight is riddled with crazy-making.
Whether it’s Christ, Buddha, Something Greater Than You, Your Eternal Self, The Divine or God. Whatever you call it – if you remember that this is the Source of Your Real Self, you can eliminate a lot of the crazy your mind kicks up.
After interviewing David Boudia (a veteran diver), they interviewed his rookie diving partner (20 years old) who was attending his first Olympic Games.
“How were you able to maintain your composure so well?”
Steele Johnson, Silver Medalist, Synchronized Diving, Rio:
“I think the way David just described it was flawless. The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace. It gave me ease, and it let me enjoy the contest.
“If something went great, I was happy. If something didn’t go great I could still find joy because I’m at the Olympics competing with the best person and the best mentor, just one of the best people to be around.
“So God’s given us a cool opportunity, and I’m glad I could come away with an Olympic Silver Medal in my first ever event.”
2. How this relates to weight loss:
Rooting your weight loss journey in your True Source provides tremendous peace.
If the scale shows that you lost weight today, be happy.
If the scale shows that you gained weight, you can still find joy because you’re on the Planet having a glorious experience in human form. This is what you came for. Rejoice and be glad in it.
Olympic Innovator, swimmer Ryan Lochte
“Even with 11 Olympic medals, Ryan Lochte is still looking for ways to go faster. Working with Coach Dave Marsh, he’s developed a new turn when swimming freestyle. It makes the most of his speed as a backstroker and helps him stick out in a crowd.”
While other swimmers are making their turns at the wall in the longstanding fashion (a somersault into the wall and kick off), Lochte approaches the wall and maneuvers himself onto his back, kicks off the wall, propels himself forward under the water, and then flips back onto his stomach before reaching the water’s surface and continuing to swim.
Totally odd. Utterly unique. Counterintuitive. And absolutely working for this 2016 Olympian.
3. How this relates to weight loss:
Your path will not look like anyone else’s. It is yours, and yours alone.
You will probably need to blaze your own trail. Break with the pack.
Be willing to make adjustments that suit your own personal strengths. Innovate. Come up with something new that works just for you.
This might mean you order differently at restaurants, travel with a food or body weight scale, or stick to water and carrot sticks even though everyone else is “celebrating” with birthday cake and ice cream. Or it might mean something else entirely. Be creative!
Oh yeah, and having a coach to help you (like Lochte did) can help a lot. (See what I did there!)
Now let’s head out to the sand for some women’s beach volleyball.
“(Kerri Walsh Jennings) looks at everything as a challenge. Volleyball, being a mom, etc.”
Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic Beach Volleyball Goddess:
(After winning a match to advance to the next round): “The mindset and the heart were perfect. The technical stuff we’ll clean up.”
4. How this relates to weight loss:
Kerri was exuberant and energized as she said this – as if all was well. She was totally excited.
Here’s the thing. She knew that the number one priority was the mindset and heart. With that in place, she felt immensely confident moving forward. The technical stuff was a small matter given that the major players (mindset and heart) were perfectly aligned.
That’s exactly true in successful weight loss as well. The technical stuff (diet and exercise) can easily be tweaked when the mindset and the heart are in perfect order.
Most people forget about this entirely or don’t understand their importance in the first place. This is unfortunate because it makes the technical stuff grueling and so much harder than it needs to be.
(If this is you, call me. This is my specialty – helping my clients get their mindset and heart in alignment.)
And lastly, I love this quote from Aly Raisman, gymnast and four time (so far) Olympic Medalist:
“That’s what makes sports so amazing. All your hard work. All your dedication. It’s all worth it.”
5. How this relates to weight loss:
That’s what makes weight loss so amazing. All your hard work. All your dedication. It’s all worth it.
Instead of being a source of disappointment, frustration and futility, we can create great pride, satisfaction and delight with our weight loss journey. (Yes, I said delight. And I meant it.)
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Go Team USA!