The picture above was a picture of my wife Kim, my son Matthew and me as we were “leaning” and “waiting” for the next trolley to pick us up. We were on a family (my daughter Jennifer took the picture) tour of the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, and even though having some fun posing for the camera with Kim’s bag I knew I was in trouble, and I knew the family was in trouble.

Now that I’ve let living an unhealthy lifestyle so far behind in my life I clearly see the ridiculousness of my thinking at the time, but at that time it made perfect sense.

“Why walk when we could take a trolley? We’re tired enough, and of course we are hungry, and we’re sooooo looking forward to our next meal, we have to save our energy for that. Besides we’re all just so out of shape, how ridiculous would it be for us to walk from mansion to mansion when we can just hop on a trolley?”

When I look at that picture in an instant I can go right back into my head and hear those those thoughts. At the time it all made perfect sense to me.

That was how we thought. That was what our reality was. And even though we may have known we weren’t healthy, what was under all of that reality was that was what we thought, what we believed, and that was our “real” reality show before Biggest Loser.

What a difference a new mindset make, as today our family would be excited to walk from mansion to mansion, all the time feeling great and knowing that with each step we were getting healthier and healthier.

Yes, getting on Biggest Loser gave my daughter Jennifer a fast pass to weight loss as my son called it, but what we took away from that experience was so much more than just losing weight.

We learned that it really helps to have a way to track and measure what you’re doing more thank use getting on a scale. Because if you are someone who uses a scale to measure your success, at best you should only be getting on it once a week. So if you’re serious about staying accountable and on plan having something to track your steps, your burn, your calories is a step in the right direction.

And as good as that is to know for yourself, it’s even more powerful if your tracking is connected to some like minded people, people who not only want to see you succeed, but they want to succeed with you.

Becoming aware almost moment-to-moment, and at a minimum at the end of the day what you’ve done or not done is the only life changing way to get healthy, and most important, stay as healthy as you can for life.

I’ve come to learn for myself, my family, my friends and the people I coach that “that which gets measured and shared gets done.” Outta site, outta mind, and when that happens usually the wheels fall off for most people. Well in my experience at least for the people that have the most consistent unhealthy habits and lifestyles.

In real estate it’ “Location, Location, Location.”

In health and wellness it’s “Awareness, Awareness, Awareness.”

Of course it’s also about accountability, but once you can get a person to be much more “aware” of what’s possible, and that getting healthy doesn’t have to be a torture test of depravation people evolve into an accountability mindset not because they have to, but because they want to.

Enter the “quantified” self.

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