Monday, May 24, 2010
I recently read a book where the main character expressed her appreciation for her early training in discipline allowing her to accomplish other things later in life. This has led me to think a lot about discipline lately (especially after a weekend when my discipline in eating kinda went out the window).
Discipline is something I struggle with. It is hard to make myself do things that are uncomfortable or unpleasant no matter how good you know they are for you. Its easy for me to tell myself "I deserve a break" or "One cookie wont hurt me." But that attitude gets me in trouble because it breaks my discipline. Its true that one cookie wont hurt me but that one cookie leads to 6 more cookies and that does hurt. For some reason I seem to be an all or nothing kind. I either eat well and exercise well or I don't at all. I don't seem to do moderation well. This leads to a lot of up and down swings in weight loss and is very frustrating.
But back to discipline. I have noticed that if I can discipline certain parts of my life I do better in others. For instance if I wake up early and exercise first thing my day goes much more smoothly. I eat better, I feel better, and I get more things done during the day. Contrast this with days when I hit snooze for an hour or two. Don't exercise until 11 am and then end up eating whatever I want that day. The simply act of starting my day off in a disciplined manner seems to help me keep that attitude throughout the day. So from now on wake up time is 6:30! We'll see if it helps me be less of a slacker.