Discipline is a word many people dislike. It usually brings to mind doing things that aren't pleasant but need to be done.
Think about children. Discipline is often required in order to teach them. They might listen and obey but not because they want to. They tend to comply because they fear the consequences if they don't.
In our preschool classroom, if a child is misbehaving we may ask the child "do you want to lose your smile?" or "do I need to write a note home to mommy?". The goal is to correct the behavior so they will learn how to behave properly in school.
Hopefully with maturity a person will value doing what's right. Instead of fearing consequences, he or she will recognize the value of doing good.
So what does that have to do with a healthy lifestyle?
Disciplining ourselves to eat healthy food and to exercise can seem unpleasant at first. After all, there's pleasure in eating sweets and high calorie food and being a couch potato. But a steady diet of that usually results in weight gain and sluggishness. Planning meals in advance and exercising consistently takes time and ...discipline.
But think of this. What would happen if you continue along the path you're currently following? Let's just say you're 40 years old. If you gained two pounds per year, by the time you are 60 years old you'd be 40 pounds heavier.
Talk about fearing the consequences!
As we age we lose muscle mass. Have you noticed that little jiggle under your arm? Muscles are the energy powerhouse of our bodies. Those extra calories and sedentary living will result in weight gain over time.
Maybe we can see the value of making a few changes towards better health? What a better attitude instead of simply fearing the consequences of continuing an unhealthy lifestyle.
Discipline doesn't have to be a bad word!
So what do I do?
- I shop the outside aisles in the grocery store
- I purchase fresh vegetables and fruits
- I plan my meals in advance
- I take healthy snacks with me to work or on the road
- I drink lots of water
- I exercise every day on my treadmill
- I lift my hand weights every other day
- I get down on my mat and stretch
How about you? Are you taking the first step to discipline yourself into a healthy way of living? I'd love to hear about your progress.
I'm linking up with Kim of Making 40 Fantastic for Weigh-in Wednesday.
Blessings and love,