Hair of the dog

When I was in high school one of the adults I looked up to for advice, Tim, told us a story while we were on a Mission trip in Mexico.

It was about a young boy from an Indian tribe (native American? I’m not sure what’s the most PC really) who asked the chief how he could become a great chief when he grew up.

There was a long pause.

The chief looked out at the village and pointed at two dogs fighting.

“There are two dogs inside of you,” he said, “one of them fights for good and one of them fights for evil. At the end of each day one of the dogs will win the battle.”

“But how do you know,” said the little boy, “how do you know which one will win?”

“Whichever one you feed the most.”

I hadn’t thought about that story in a long time, but there’s a huge takeaway from it when it comes to fitness.

Let’s pretend the two dogs are health vs fatness instead of good vs evil. simple right? You feed the fatness dog more and guess what? Yup you don’t get the body you want.

Look a little bit closer though, you have to feed a dog at least once every day, right? That means you have at least one chance every day to make the decision to reach your fitness goals or get fatter.

At the end of each and every day you’ll know without a shadow of a doubt which dog you fed more, and if the fatness dog consistently wins than you’re going to have one hell of a time reaching your goals.

Every trip to the fridge is a feeding for the dog.

Every trip to the gym, or choice to skip the gym is a feeding.

What you choose to believe about your body feeds the dog.

EVERY day one dog must win, you will get more healthful or fatter each and every day, there is no staying the same.

Think about every choice you make and which dog you’re going to feed. Don’t obsess, but focus on feeding that healthful dog and starving out that fatness dog.

Stay strong