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Discipline and the Karate Kid

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

I remember when I knew I needed to lose weight, had tried everything. I wanted to wake up one day when it would be easy. I thought that if I just heard the magic words to understand the secret, or had sufficient knowledge it would be easy. It never was. I had to do it first.

But how do I do that? We none of us need a list of what to eat and what not to eat. We can recite those lists in our sleep. But we all have to figure out how to do what we know we are supposed to do. For me that meant learning discipline.

And how to do that? Remember the Karate Kid? Wax on Wax off? Brush up and down, brush sideways? Daniel thought is was stupid, exhausting, and was sure Mr. Miyagi was taking advantage of him to get out of doing his own work. But he kept at it and something amazing happened. While he was doing all those senseless, stupid, meaningless activities, without his knowledge he was developing reflexes that served to help him achieve his goal. He didn't go right out into the fighting arena, he practiced by doing things that, to him, made no sense.

I do not snack. I do not eat seconds of anything. I started with those silly goals because I needed habits that would eventually get me where I wanted to go without having to think about each and every thing I ate or didn't eat every day. My life is very different now and I eat a wider variety of foods now (who ever heard of jicima or tomatillos in 1970?). The habits formed of a seemingly senseless discipline have carried me through all these years. That discipline was hard for awhile, it seemed longer than it probably was, but over time it got easier.

Does not snacking have anything to do with weight loss? Actually, no. But when I see athletes running up and down the stadium stairs (what does that actually have to do with playing football?) I understand. Do they like it? I sincerely doubt it, but they do it because it helps them do what they really do want to do: play football.

I don't look for motivation. I rely on the habits I took the time and, let's face it, guts, to develop. When I wanted to lose weight more than I wanted it to be easy, I got there and have stayed there.

Let's hear it for Mr. Miyagi!
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KANOE10 12/20/2013 5:22PM

    You are right. It is followign habits that have kept you successful all of these years. Yes, they are hard to establish at first, but it does get easier.

Thanks for an inspirational blog!

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NASFKAB 3/6/2013 6:10AM

  great thanks

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1GROVES2 2/15/2013 10:31AM

    Great blog! Thats for sharing your insight and being an inspiration.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/27/2013 9:26AM

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LEANMEAN2 1/19/2013 7:00AM

    Good blog. Thanks!

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HAPPENING101 1/18/2013 3:50PM

  Love the karate kid analogy. Good post, thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 1/18/2013 10:11AM

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TINAJANE76 1/18/2013 9:45AM

    I absolutely agree. I didn't really become successful until I made up my mind that losing the weight permanently was more important than taking shortcuts or having the process always be easy. Weight loss and maintenance may be tough, but they sure are worth the discipline and effort it takes.

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CM_GARDNER78 1/18/2013 12:53AM

    HA! I had to click on this when I saw "Karate Kid" in the title! ;-) Love me some KK. I even have my kids hooked! You know, I never would have equated what Daniel went through into weight loss terms, but you are totally right!!! It really gave me a different perspective for those things that I usually don't want to "bother" to do......but really add up to important big things! GREAT blog!!!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/17/2013 11:57PM

    Great post!


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GOSPARK45 1/17/2013 7:30PM

    emoticon nice blog. All these little steps we're taking
really add up. It isn't will power so much as learning and changing small habits, that will build up to lifelong habits.
Right on!


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JUSTCHELLE75 1/17/2013 5:19PM

    You are so wise. I love every word of this

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BKNOCK 1/17/2013 12:52PM

    Wow, you hit the nail on the head!

Thanks!

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DMSGLASS 1/17/2013 12:06PM

    Well written blog. Having trained in martial arts, I understand the discipline - now if I would only use it elsewhere in my life. I'm working on baby steps to take care of other areas that I want to improve - as they improve, I will be happier. Slowly, the weight is going down. emoticon

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HANSBRINK 1/17/2013 11:22AM

  Thanks for your blog. To tie in with your comments in the concluding paragraphs...

I've been doing Coach Nicole's Christmas workout for 6 weeks. Do I like it? Well, I don't look forward to it when I get up in the morning. But I do it because it helps me do what I really do want to do in other activities.

Getting back to the 70's, there was a Listerine mouthwash commercial with the phrase "I don't like it, but I use it." Sometimes I feel that way about my exercise and nutrition habits. Yes, they're difficult and time consuming; but following them helps me live the life I want.

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KRISCOREEVES 1/17/2013 10:07AM

    emoticon Great blog, thanks for sharing!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/17/2013 8:07AM

    Discipline ...
That is something I need!!
Thanks!

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NCSUE0514 1/17/2013 6:52AM

    Thank you!

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CAROLINAKIWI 1/16/2013 5:14PM

    You nailed it!! Discipline. What a wonderful, scary word!!!

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JLEMUS1 1/16/2013 12:45PM

    Heck yeah!!! Awesome!! We can do this!!!

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FARIS71 1/16/2013 11:06AM

    Yes, absolutely, yes!

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REENIE131 1/15/2013 9:40PM

    Great blog, thanks!

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NEEDBU66 1/15/2013 7:01PM

    That's what I go by. I keep doing the right thing the first and foremost and the end result: goal met.

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MANILUS 1/15/2013 6:20PM

    Habits are what get you to the goal, hard to see while doing these crazy things but it works! Congrats to you!

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NELLBELLA26 1/15/2013 5:27PM

    Wax on, Wax off requires patience and repeating good habits most definitely. Well written blog and great lesson. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANAMP09 1/15/2013 3:43PM

    Darn those rules! Way to go!

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LLEE06 1/15/2013 2:37PM

    I am also someone who needs rules in order to stay on track. Great blog!

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TAMMY5707 1/15/2013 2:01PM

    Great thoughts and examples. I appreciate these words to think about. Now I need to set some small goals for myself and turn them into habits like you did.
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CLOVER2 1/15/2013 1:00PM

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this was a great blog! People have asked me, often, how I have managed to achieve my goal. I tell them it is the little things that really make a difference. They sometimes look at me like that was NOT the answer they were looking for! I am very sorry but there are no easy answers.
Thank you so much!
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BMELT2013 1/15/2013 12:19PM

    emoticon Well said!

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NEVERGIVEUP 1/15/2013 11:32AM

    Nice reminder that it's the habits that get us to goal, and its maintaining those habits that will keep us there.

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DRB13_1 1/15/2013 10:57AM

    I have to celebrate the lifelong changes - going from whole to skim milk, from iceberg lettuce to spinach and kale, from sodas to water...these are things that will endure, and then I can add on more changes as I face what needs to be done.

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ACITODG 1/15/2013 10:29AM

    Great Blog!

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What a great way of looking at things!

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