For the last few days I have been thinking about the word discipline. Most of you do not like that word. It usually implies that there has been a problem or issue that needs correcting.
When you go to dictionary.com it comes up with the following for the word the discipline:
1. training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
2. activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
3. punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
4. the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
5. behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
I know very few people who like to be told what do and how to do it. But when we are on a weight loss journey it is discipline that we need. The problem is that most of us (I am guilty too!) think that the journey will end at some point or at the very least we will be allowed to take rests along the way.
Weight loss or should I say healthy lifestyle requires that we develop rules for healthy living and then stick to them. I will rat myself out. I had been really on the mark for a while and was able to drop down to 181 pounds (from 211 this last time and 240 overall!). I was so happy to be within 11 pounds of my goal. That is the closest I have been in forever!! Anyhow, I developed a routine that really worked for me and I began to take that routine for granted. So when we would go to a fest I would willingly take a bit of a corn dog or a few fries. It was never much but a taste here and there adds up to the fact that I have now gained 6 pounds AGAIN!! Overall calories were most likely similar but in my case the fat grams really, really matter. I can eat 1600 calories a day without regard to fat grams and will quickly gain weight. I can actually eat closer to 1800 calories in day and watch my fat grams (keeping them about 10-12 grams) and I will lose weight. Why? It is what my body thrives on.
But my point…I was disciplined and lost weight. I thought I could ‘cheat’ here and there and do fine and that lack of discipline caught up with me and gave me whack!
So now what? I can not and will not beat myself up. It would not change anything anyhow. But I need to get back on track with a disciplined way of eating, acting, and engaging in life. I am worth the focused obsessive effort.
In my next post I will talk about how to make discipline more attractive and fun!