Project Lean Mind

What you think about the most is what you become. You have the ability to influence and change your life; life does not merely need to ‘happen to you’.

It is at this point that I get hit over the head with a cement truck.

I have become an obsessive Muffin Top Watcher. This is not something that I am proud of. Simply watching my Muffin Top every day is boring, disheartening, and ridicuous. I wake up every morning, take stock of my Muffin Top in a semi-comatose state by giving it a poke, and then let out a huge sigh and frown. This is a horrible way to start the morning, especially at 4:50 before I’ve had coffee! There is so much more to life than worrying about how much fat is still hanging out around my mid section. So much more!

The Muffin Top is merely part of me, not who I am. And since when do I want to be boring, disheartening, and ridiculous? I want to be fabulous, strong, and confident! A Muffin Top Watcher is none of those things.

Today I am choosing to think about other things, have other goals, and abandon the self imposed ‘Project Muffin Top Watch’.

My second competition is on April 9th. I have tons of time to whip myself into even better shape than I already am, but if my mind and heart are boring, disheartened, and ridiculous what’s the point?

I am actually glad that Santa didn’t bring me an ab for Christmas, I would not have appreciated the way that I should. I am not defined by my Muffin Top, I am defined by the impact and change I bring to the world and who I am while I am doing it.

So, in the spirit of new beginnings, I commit to ending ‘Project Muffin Top Watch‘ and will start ‘Project Lean Mind’.

Being a fathead is never a good thing, so to lean up my mind I am committing to the following things:

  • Learn to enjoy how I look and like all of me; including my Muffin Top.
  • Setting weekly goals for myself in weight training and giving 100% of my effort on every rep and set.
  • Continuing to learn about my emotional eating through writing in the little blue journal on my fridge.
  • Think positive thoughts about life, myself, and others; kicking negativity to the curb!
  • Find ways to share my success story with people and support them in their audacious goals.

It is time to live up to my full potential at all times, no more avoiding the hard things in life. I don’t avoid the heavy weights at the gym and I am proud of the strength I have and love shocking the men in the weights area when I do things like unassisted chin ups.  Now it’s time to shock some people with the strength of my mind, namely myself.

This is not going to be easy BUT if I can lean up my body by losing 80 pounds, I can lean up my mind. When I first started working out and training I could only run 1 minute at a time and then I needed a 10 minute walk break. It may be the same with my mind, but if I keep at it I can have a lean mind that can compete wtih the pros, just like I plan on doing in NYC one day!

It’s time to take it to the next level. Who’s interested in joining ‘Project Lean Mind‘ with me?

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!


  1. Good for you hun. I think as we get more and more into fitness it is all too easy to begin being hard on ourselves. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and just focus on how much we have accomplished and realize that we have come a long way. It’s also important to realize that it’s not really the end of the world if we have a bad training or diet day or even a bad week. The important thing is love ourselves. I think that’s what fitness is supposed to help us with and if it’s not doing that then we have a problem. Again, good for you!

  2. Count me in! I’ve discovered recently how easy it is to become obsessed with things like my muffin top & minor fluctuations in weight & to begin losing sight of things that are so much more important. Thanks for a much needed reminder!

  3. Thanks for the reminder to focus on the positive! That’s one of my New Years resolutions. 🙂


  1. […] morning I woke up with a renewed sense of purpose and remembered my pledge to being healthy and lean in my mind. It is not easy to lift heavy when you don’t have strong muscles. Today I began to train my […]

Speak Your Mind


Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.