Growing up, I could eat whatever I wanted, exercise for fun, and live a fairly carefree life when it came to health. As I grew, the food I ate seemed to want to stick a little and exercise became more of a necessity than a sport. I needed to take control of my health, but I lacked discipline.
Discipline comes naturally when it comes to things that I love such as being intentional with my family or making time to read and write. But eating healthy and exercising easily can take a backseat. Those “get healthy quick” approaches catch my eye but just as every “quick” approach, it never lasts. But moving toward better health needed to be done, even if I didn't want to take the first step.
It's important for all of us to find a way to be healthy one way or another because a lack of discipline is a lack of respect for ourselves.
So here's some tips on how to respect our health, even while we lack discipline:
Many people consider themselves unfit because they don't run for miles or go to a gym. But it's important to give ourselves credit for incorporating movement into our lives! Take a walk, do a mini-yoga routine, pick weeds from the garden, any movement at all is a step in the right direction! You probably do more than you think.
2. Portion Control
Saying “no” to sugars, carbs, meats and whatever else we are told not to eat during our diet is typically a way we set ourselves up for failure. One way to respect our health is to portion our meals. The inforgraphic below is a great resource for portion control.
3. Remove temptations
I was cooking with a friend of mine recently, and she was searching the kitchen for chocolate. She couldn't find any and said, “Do you not have a sweet tooth?” I laughed because I very much do crave chocolate–mostly every minute of every day. I explained to her that if sweets are in the house, they are eaten all at once without a second thought. Removing my temptations was important because it's effective! If you can't stop eating junk food, don't buy it! As simple as this action is, it's still a win!
I add this to most of our tips here on The Daily Positive because it's so important and often forgotten. Instead of letting ourselves get down about all the things we do wrong with our health, we must bring attention to what we do right. Celebrate the successes along your health journey. You are doing great!
When you successfully carry these discipline steps, you can then add more to your load and continue reaching your goals!
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” –Jim Rohn
Tell us in the comments about your relationship with health and discipline. What tips work for YOU?