Back in December of 2000, Tom Hanks starred in the film Cast Away. As you probably know, he plays a workaholic FedEx executive that gets stranded on a remote tropical island (supposedly for four years). Hanks was 44 years old at the time they started shooting, and 40 pounds overweight. By ‘rap’, he was a slim, trim, paddling machine. But how in the world did he do it?
The director, Robert Zemeckis, had scheduled the movie to be shot in two stages over a period of 16 months, with a break in between; first with fat exec ‘Chuck Noland’, and the other with a healthy one. During that break, Hanks would push himself to shed the pounds and admits his weight loss was one of the most difficult things he’s had to undergo; requiring him to lose 55 pounds in four months.
“The hardest thing was the time. I wish I could have just taken a pill and lost all the weight but the reality was that I had to start in October knowing that we were going to go back in February. The idea of looking at four months of constant vigilance as far as what I ate, as well as two hours a day in the gym doing nothing but a monotonous kind of work-out, that was formidable. You have to power yourself through it almost by some sort of meditation trickery. It’s not glamorous.” - Tom Hanks
He was on a very strict diet of only water, vegetables, very little carbs, and fish. His exercise regimen included all types of cardio for 2 hours per day, 6 days per week. And of course, all this was doctor-supervised.
Tom Hanks was obviously MOTIVATED to lose weight. Whether it was to act in this amazing role, or for the millions of dollars he would earn by doing it, it doesn’t really matter. He was motivated, and that was enough to cause him to endure whatever it took to achieve that goal!
We too can find that same strength. Search inside yourself to find YOUR motivation. For some of us, that something will be just below the surface. For others, there may be some deep digging that needs to take place… but its there.
My shift took place when I decided I wanted take back everything I had lost by being overweight for the last number of years. Plus, I have an amazing life yet to live in a healthy body! Whatever your motivation is to get healthy… don’t wait another day.