Healthy Discipline

Some people are willing to pay the price and it’s the same with staying healthy or eating healthy. There’s some discipline involved. There’s some sacrifices.

Mike Ditka 

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Earlier this week as I was at the gym doing my workout there was a lady in front of me on a treadmill (I was on a treadmill as well).  This in itself is very typical; but what she was doing on the treadmill seemed very counter-productive to me.  She was watching the Food Network and the show that was on had nothing to do with dieting (instead it was a show about burgers and fries – and they looked very tasty).  As I was running along I couldn’t help but watch the show, and the more I watched the more I couldn’t wait till later to have a big ol’ cheese burger.  But eventually I came to my senses and realized that I just needed to stay focused on my run (and that’s what I did).

Now, I don’t know why the lady chose to watch the food network while working out.  I don’t know if she uses it as some sort of strange motivation.  But what I do know is that with physical health it all comes down to DISCIPLINE, and on this particular day it didn’t matter what she was watching or what I was watching, we had the discipline to go to the gym and exercise.  Hopefully, the discipline will carry over to the other parts of our day (to our diet, relationships, rest and career). To become a mature adult it’s not about the age as much as the discipline.  It’s about doing the things we need to do so we can do the things we want to do.  It’s about delayed gratification, being able to say no and yes at the right time.

So how’s your discipline?  Did you make that New Year’s goal to lose weight, diet and exercise?  If so, have you been disciplined in keeping up with your goal?  Here are a few tips that might help you out:

  1. Write Your Goals Down.  You might have made a mental goal to exercise more, lose weight and diet; but did you write it down?  Write your goals down and be specific with them.  Use the SMART accronym (S-specific not vauge goals, M-measurable goals, A-achievable goals, R-realistic goals, and T-timely goals.  e.g. I will lose 5 pounds by December 30, 2014).  Also, when you write you goals down, post in a place you will see it daily.Create-Smart-Goals
  2. Review your goals weekly.  Each week (probably on Sunday or Monday) look over your goals and plan out how you will spend time each week working on the goals.
  3. Tell Your Friends.  Tell your good friends (friends who are for you and will support you in your goals) about your goals and that you want them to help keep you accountable.  A good friend will not make fun of you but they will help you say “no” to the temptations and “yes” to the discipline.
  4. Celebrate.  Celebrate the small victories you reach through the year.  Don’t go over-board, but reward yourself for the discipline.  For me, I like to have an espresso with a friend after a tough workout.

I hope you are encouraged to lose some weight this year and get in shape.  Remember, it takes discipline and hard work.  Have a great week!