Weight loss, Entrepreneurship, Creating, Mind Over Body, and Changing Goals

 



This blog post is not about low-fat diets, low-carb diets, insanity, cross-fit, work-out routines, or strength & conditioning training. That’s for a later date. This blog post is about consistency and basically making your mind up that you’re going to do something.  Beginning in 2003; I gained 10 pounds a year for 7 years reaching my heaviest weight of 265/270 lbs. It wasn’t because my wife was cooking good for me (though she was), it wasn’t because I was lazy – it was because I was chasing other goals.

2003 was a year of new beginnings. I started growing dreadlocks, I was featured in a play, I was working on a movie script, I had just started writing for the Metro Times, I was traveling around the country participating in spoken work shows & slams, and my photography business was starting to climb out of its infant stages. My mind state could be summed up in one word: “create.” For the next 7 years that’s I wanted to do – “create, create, create.” Thus; most of my goals came to fruition (except for that damn movie script-lol)

The one thing I neglected was my health. I could have cared less about eating right or working-out because I was too damn busy “creating.” By early 2010 my focus left from “creating” to “how to make more money of my creations!” Half-way through the year I knew something had to change. My waist size was 42 inches; I snored loudly, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and was just flat out fat. I tired working out for a few months, loss ten pounds, stopped working out, and gained 15 pounds back in return.

2011 was the year it all changed. I consulted my good friend (who is a personal trainer) Julian Palm for guidance. I didn’t need him to actually train me; I just needed him to point me in the right direction and he did. I then decided it was time to go back to “creating.” Except this time, I would be creating a new me. Now let me say that never in any period of my life have I had what would be considered an admirable physique. I went form skinny, to flabby, to fat-lol. I’m not some high-school or college athlete that just tapped into my genetic God given body-lol. I’ve also lived several lives. I’ve been a vegetarian, a smoker, a drinker, and a chili fries & cheese sticks every night person.

Slowly but surely, day after day, I read, I hit the gym and I ate right. When I would plateau – I would refine my workout routine, read more, and refine my diet. I never, ever, ever, missed a workout. Not when the family went to Florida for vacation, not when the wife and I went to Mexico, never, ever, ever. Doesn’t matter if I had/have to get up at 4 am – I never miss workouts. I was determined to build myself the same way I had built my photography business.

I wanted to create.

The goal went from losing weight to trying to create an ascetically pleasing physique. If my goal would have stayed just “losing weight” – I could slowed down months ago. But that’s how goals work right? At first you just want to write a story and get it published, and they you want to turn the story into a novel and you want a big book deal! You may start off just going back to school to get a B.A., but soon realize that you won’t be satisfied until you get a P.H.D.

In order to see progress, you know only have to stick to your goals, but you have to change them. Also, in order to progress you have to establish balance. I know plenty of work-a-holic entrepreneurs who live off of caffeine and fast-food. Tunnel vision can work for you or against you.

Like I said, I love creating. And it’s never too late to create a new you. 

 

4 comments

  • Shanta

    Shanta

    Kahn, this is inspiring. I'm in the process of renewing my mind and deciding to focus on "creating a new me." This year, my health is priority number one! Thanks for sharing your story...

    Kahn, this is inspiring. I'm in the process of renewing my mind and deciding to focus on "creating a new me." This year, my health is priority number one! Thanks for sharing your story...

  • scheherazade

    scheherazade

    this hits home in so many ways Kahn. Keep creating. You're making masterpieces!

    this hits home in so many ways Kahn. Keep creating. You're making masterpieces!

  • Timeka

    Timeka

    This was so awesome Kahn! Such an inspiration to many! I'm proud to say I know you and I knew you during you many life changing phases! Way to go Kahn!!! I won't ask you for those 2005 prices anymore ;)

    This was so awesome Kahn! Such an inspiration to many! I'm proud to say I know you and I knew you during you many life changing phases! Way to go Kahn!!! I won't ask you for those 2005 prices anymore wink

  • Julian

    Julian

    Yeah Buddy!!! Go get it! Everybody wants to get in shape, but only a small few are willing to do what it really takes... You were willing to start with an open mind and ignore conventional (wrong) teachings of how to eat and train. You had the determination to continue even if that meant forcing out one more rep when glycogen levels are already depleted and you had the faith to finish when people that don't understand tell you that you're gonna mess yourself up... "Let's go get some more!"

    Yeah Buddy!!! Go get it! Everybody wants to get in shape, but only a small few are willing to do what it really takes... You were willing to start with an open mind and ignore conventional (wrong) teachings of how to eat and train. You had the determination to continue even if that meant forcing out one more rep when glycogen levels are already depleted and you had the faith to finish when people that don't understand tell you that you're gonna mess yourself up... "Let's go get some more!"

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