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The key ingredient to weight loss and winning

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I read an interesting article about NBA player, Mike Miller.

Don’t worry! If you don’t like basketball this is still applicable to you.

It was about how the only way to win an NBA Championship is to sacrifice. (He’s won twice.) And after hearing so many of the players and coaches on the Golden State Warriors – the 2015 NBA Champions – talk about sacrifice after they won, I wanted to share some take-aways with you.

In the article, he was quoted as saying, “The only way to win an NBA Championship is to sacrifice.”

“Individuals must sacrifice their own game for the collective benefit of the team. That means they might not play as much, score as many points and their stats won’t be as high as they could be.”

Here’s the interesting part to me: He said, “Everyone wants to win an NBA Championship but not everyone is willing to sacrifice in order to win one.”

Everyone knows they need to sacrifice for the collective benefit of the team but they don’t want to do it.

Why?

“Most players don’t want to sacrifice because there’s no guarantee of winning.”

Ha! If only.

Of course that’s not possible. What is guaranteed is that most teams won’t win a championship because so many players are unwilling to make sacrifices.

(This is why you often hear about cultures of the winningest NBA franchises. You hear how certain players might do better in that kind of culture. A big part of that is the idea of sacrificing for the team. Easier said that done. The past 32 championships have been shared among only 9 franchises!)

Now, when it comes to our fitness sacrifices are a key ingredient…

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First off, the word sacrifice is often misunderstood.

Many people think it means to give something up. They think of depriving themselves of something.

What sacrifice really means is giving up something of lower value in the present to get something of a higher value in the future.

Too often we only focus on what we’re giving up vs what we’re gaining. We’re focusing on the broken eggs vs the beautiful omelets that are being made.

Thinking about sacrifices in a different way can help tremendously. You’re not missing out, you’re gaining. Just maybe not this second.

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Now…

When it comes to our health and fitness making sacrifices, among other things, does guarantee success.

The biggest misconception is that if you have to sacrifice all of your favorite foods in order to get the body you want. Ugh. Absolutely not!

[Tara didn’t…Doug didn’t…Megan didn’t…Shannon didn’t, and countless others didn’t. Never indulging is not sustainable. It’s also miserable. The goal is to be fit and happy, not fit and miserable. There’s a big difference between enjoying your favorite meal vs eating a package of chips because you’re stressed.]

Or that you have to sacrifice the whole meal in order for it to be worthwhile…

Every sacrifice does count, no matter how big or small:

-Let’s say you’re about to eat a whole pint of ice cream. Leaving even a few bites counts.

-Let’s say you don’t feel like exercising at all. Going for a 5 minute walk counts.

-Let’s say you usually eat 3 slices of pizza. Instead you have 2. That counts.

-Let’s say you usually take the elevator but take the stairs instead. That counts.

-Let’s say you usually have a whole cookie. Having half counts.

-Let’s say you usually order too much food. Ordering one thing less counts.

Too often we think, “Well, I already indulged so why bother?” or, “I’m going to indulge so why bother at all?”

One is better than two. Two is better than three. And every sacrifice we make counts.

Unfortunately (or fortunately – however, you want to look at it) our body is the most accurate score board in the world. It never lies. You can think you’re fooling others but just remember: what you eat in private, you wear in public. (This is why accountability is so powerful because lying to yourself (and us) is an awful feeling.)

The take-away: Don’t underestimate the power of ANY sacrifice. No sacrifice is too small. Every little bit helps. Something > nothing.

And the best part?

The pay off is…guaranteed.

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P.S. Quick story. Sorta. When I graduated college in 2005, I moved to New York City. Me and my friend lived in an apartment together. After a year or so he moved out so he could move in with his girlfriend. At that point, all of my friends had roommates and/or were happy with their living situation. Ughhhh. So what did I do?

I found a roommate on Craigs list. I was not happy about this. While I vetted him as much as I possibly could I still didn’t know. I had all sorts of thoughts. What if he is crazy? What if I wake up in the middle of the night and he’s standing over me. What if….? I came up with every ‘what if’ scenario possible. There were no guarantees.

I would’ve paid anything for someone to guarantee me it would be all good. Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist. I had no choice. I had to take a leap of faith based on my gut…

There’s too many programs out there that require you to take a leap of faith. Not us. Since day one in February of 2007, I’ve been offering a 100% guarantee. That means you can try my program for a full month. If you’re not happy with the progress/results we’re making, ask for your money back.

There’s a reason we have all the testimonials we do. There’s a reason we have all the success stories we do. There’s a reason we’ve been featured in the press so much. There’s a reason we’ve been featured in books. MBT works!

I offer a 100% money guarantee because I know that if you trust us and the process, results are guaranteed. It’s not a question of if you get the body you want. It’s truly a question of when. It’s amazing to me how much money people spend on all sorts of stuff like diet books, fad equipment, diet pills, and the like – yet never budge an itch. Unlike winning an NBA Championship, MBT is guaranteed to help you or your money back – without as many sacrifices as you might think. What are you waiting for? Join now.

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