Mental Projection

Posted May 2, 2010 by

Do you ever sit and day dream of what you want to look like or be like? It’s all achievable; all you have to do is put those dreams into perspective. A dream board is one of the best ways to do this—find someone who you admire and inspire to be like. Put this person’s photo on your refrigerator or in a place that you look at often. For me this image gives me a goal. To achieve this goal you need a plan. A great plan is your blueprint for achieving your goal. Start by scheduling your days—what you’re going to eat that will supply your body with the fuel it needs to accomplish each task or mission you set forth. Everything in life needs in energy source to operate, so give your body the fuel(food) it needs to thrive.

Begin by laying out five small meals. The easiest way to do this is eat three whole meals that include all three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) in the proper proportions and supplement two protein shakes for a total of five meals. Keep a daily weight and nutrition log of the number of calories you eat, along with the amount of each macronutrient in each meal, and record your weight in the morning and at night. This way you can go back if you ever hit a plateau and see what meals worked the best for your body. You’ll have more energy and more productive workouts by fueling your body with food in the right proportions.

Fueling your body with the right stuff allows you to train with greater intensity and focus. Intensity refers to the amount of effort or energy you’re putting into the workout and focus is visualizing your efforts to reach your ultimate dream body. When you step on an elliptical machine or are pushing through a heavy weightlifting set, visualize your body morphing into your ideal perception of what you want to be like. The mind is a very powerful tool in connecting with your body to move in a single unit. Most people give up not because their body can’t handle the load, but because their mind is weak and has to be strengthened and “toned.” A great way to help your mind visualize the task at hand is to add a soundtrack to your life. Choose music that gets your body moving or helps you through the day, get in the gym and chase your dreams!