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  • Writer's pictureLewis Graham

How Corey’s mental resilience allowed him to overcome huge obstacles and drop 7kg of body fat.

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”

This quote from pastor and bestselling author Charles R. Swindoll has been an instant favourite of mine since the moment I heard it, and I’ve never thought it to be more true than when I look back at Corey’s journey and what he’s overcome to get to where he is now.

Do you find that life gets in the way of you achieving results?

Do you find that setbacks often derail you and your progress?

I get it.

Life happens and things get in the way.

However your response to those things is far more important than the thing itself.

Let me paint the picture for you:

You’ve just embarked on a new fat loss journey and your motivation is higher than ever. You've tried losing weight in the past but this time it feels different, you feel like you’re making progress but most importantly you’re actually enjoying it too. Your diet isn’t too restrictive, your exercise plan is enjoyable and you can visibly see and feel results in just 4 weeks.

Seems pretty good right?

Let's continue…

You hit the 4th week and you’re heading for a night out (a night out that you don’t feel guilty for as you know you can do this and still make progress). It’s coming towards the end of the night and you’ve had a great time with your mates, you’ve had a few drinks but not completely overdone it before disaster happens. You take a fall and end up dislocating your knee. OUCH!

How would you react to this (other than screaming in pain)?

The reason I ask is because this is exactly what happened to Corey while we were working together and it came as a big shock to both of us and meant we had to refocus and readjust.

How many of you would’ve felt sorry for yourself and given up right there and then?

I’m sure that went through Corey’s mind too, and no one would blame him if he decided to give up, but after we had a conversation Corey decided that he wanted to keep it going. He didn’t want to let the work he’d put in thus far go to waste and give up altogether.

We didn’t dwell on the things he couldn’t do and instead focused on the things he could.

It was extremely important to manage his food intake, especially now that he was considerably less active. On top of that we focused on getting some movement in where we could by simply getting up and moving around on his crutches as much as possible. This wasn’t perfect, nor was it optimal, but it’s what he could manage.

Would we have seen even better results without the injury?

I’d confidently say yes, but that’s irrelevant.

As Charles R. Swindoll says: “We can't change the inevitable. But we can change how we respond.

Admittedly, Corey dislocating his knee isn’t something I’d consider inevitable, but what is inevitable is the fact that life will get in the way in some form or another and there’s nothing that you can do about it. How we choose to respond to the inevitable is what will make the biggest difference.

For example, if you were to overeat by a small amount on a Friday night, is the best response continuing to overeat throughout the whole weekend because you think you messed up?

Probably not.

Instead you can respond in a way that’s more helpful to you and your goals. Acknowledge the fact that you overate but also accept it, move on and get back to normal as soon as possible.

If you got a puncture in one of your tyres on the drive home you’d probably just get the tyre fixed. You wouldn’t slash the other 3 tyres in a rage and then pour petrol on your car, setting it alight, screaming, ‘what’s the point it’s f**ked now!?’ as that would be silly.

So the next time that things go wrong or something doesn’t quite go to plan, remember that your response to the problem is more important than the problem itself.

A huge congrats to Corey on this one, here’s what he had to say:

"I have dropped around 7kg since we started and I now have a physique I'm really happy with, especially considering I dislocated my knee 4 weeks in. I've learned how I can still enjoy my food while making progress and that being consistent is key to getting results.”

Could this be you with the right support and guidance?

Remember that you have till the end of July to join my online coaching programme The 90 Day New You before the price increases.

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