Consistency and Discipline
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I have been working on my parenting style these days. Now with a 6 month child and 5 year old step son in my life, I find I need to be on my toes a bit more. One step a head of the game, so they say. I have found myself, too many times, arguing with a five year old and by the time my inner voice says "what are you doing?" its too late... someone is upset and no one knows why. But every time I recall the "bad parenting events" it is always due to one of two things either consistency or discipline and I think I could use a little bit more of both of those in parenting myself through my next spark adventure.
I have been doing good. I have been rather consistent about one thing. Group Power at my gym, I am there every Tuesday and Thursday rain or shine. When I am feeling awesome I go on Sunday too. I feel good if I maintain my routine. A couple of weeks ago, I tried really hard to introduce my partner to Group Power so we changed the schedule and my routine fell apart and I felt like crapola. But I am dedicated again and I know that it is better to keep this my own journey, if nothing else I am disciplined enough to maintain consistent with my attendance to Group Power.
Group Power is a great 1 hour weight lifting class, by the way and my gym has free childcare. No excuses.
I also introduced a weekly walk to the library. It is only a two mile walk with the kiddo on the back, but I managed to get there last week in a little over a half and hour and that felt really good. I am motivated to go for the library's infant story time, Hollis just loves looking at all the babies and listening to the to stories and songs. I would walk through a tornado to get him there, his smile is worth it.
On Sundays, I walk with my best friend Jo. She picks me up and we find some beautiful trail and hike around for a couple of hours. I don't know how long we hike or how far we travel exactly but it is a good run and I am very hungry afterwards.
I also solely commute by bike and I usually transport Hollis behind me. No cars, no more. The car died in January and we said... good ridden.
And with all that I still haven't lost a pound, maybe a couple. But it has been 6 months, I have been active, I eat well (really well, like 3300 calories well), I am just surprised there hasn't been more progress in returning to a smaller body. I guess I am surprised that 3300 calories is maintaining my body. I thought I could lose a little without giving up some of those prized calories.
That is where the discipline and consistency will help out.