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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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FIRECOM 1/15/2013 9:54AM

    This is a great blog. Those short term SMART goals are the answer. You can get there One Palm Tree and a Time.

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WILDFLOWERMA 1/15/2013 7:49AM

    Great blog - I can certainly relate. I struggle with those mundane tasks over the long haul, but this time I am practicing them moment to moment. My small victory yesterday was stopping at Starbucks with a client for coffee. I switched from coffee to green tea two weeks ago, because I cannot drink coffee without cream (and couldn't find a substitute I liked). The smell of coffee was difficult to bear, but I found a nice green/orange blossom blend that was lovely.

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LIFETIMER54 1/15/2013 5:56AM

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LEIAWINS 1/15/2013 2:28AM

    thanks for sharing!!!! It's good to hear it when you're stuck in the middle of forming healthy patterns!!

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SPSPSP1 1/15/2013 2:26AM

    Love that you used THE KARATE KID to get your point across!

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BLUEJEAN99 1/15/2013 1:54AM

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JAMER123 1/14/2013 10:54PM

    Great blog. Habits are what make it happen if they are good habits. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/14/2013 10:12PM

    Really thoughtful blog and some great advice! Thanks for sharing. :)

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CHARTHESTAR 1/14/2013 9:19PM

    Great Blog!

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MARYJEANSL 1/14/2013 9:16PM

  Good point - we really, really need to develop those habits.

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SHOAPIE 1/14/2013 8:31PM

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DIANNEMT 1/14/2013 6:19PM

    You are so right about doing things because you want the GOAL. Great blog.

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SUSIEMT 1/14/2013 3:57PM

    Yes, Mr. Self Discipline! I will start practicing by saying no to seconds! Thank you Nell. Keep up the good (Hard) work.

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JUSGETTENBY42 1/14/2013 3:30PM

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PATRICIAANN46 1/14/2013 2:40PM

  Great Advice........Make something a habit and it will tend to stick around. emoticon

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SJKENT1 1/14/2013 2:32PM

    thanks

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NEWTINK 1/14/2013 2:14PM

    this was actually a very inspiring blog ... thank you sharing it emoticon

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COMEONMA 1/14/2013 2:10PM

    Loved this blog, thank you!

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/14/2013 12:35PM

  Thanks for our your experience. So moving, useful, and practical. emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 1/14/2013 12:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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JACKIE542 1/14/2013 11:46AM

    Great advice! Loved this movie too! emoticon

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MKELLY72 1/14/2013 11:39AM

    Whatever works to motivate small, healthy, behavior changes :)

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PATIMAGE 1/14/2013 10:59AM

    Terrific reminder about discipline and inner strength - thank you! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/14/2013 10:49AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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OFGREENGABLES 1/14/2013 10:03AM

    it's all about finding what we can do, and stick to!

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MANDELOVICH 1/14/2013 9:59AM

    I realized that I need rules too. People suggested I replace my binge food (nuts) with popcorn. But to me, that was just another way to binge and it ended badly. My new rule is that if I'm not hungry, I need to feel my feelings, not replace the urge to eat with something lowcal.

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    emoticon This was a great blog and deserved to be featured.

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REGILIEH 1/14/2013 9:48AM

    EXCELLENT!!!! emoticon emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 1/14/2013 9:45AM

    emoticon this blog!! I needed to hear this today. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 1/14/2013 9:41AM

    Great blog! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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MOMMY445 1/14/2013 9:26AM

    such an awesome blog! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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DJSHIP46 1/14/2013 9:22AM

    I loved that guy and your blog... Thank you for some REALLY GREAT ideas on a place to start... YOU ROCK!!!

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NEWMOM20121 1/14/2013 8:38AM

    GReat blog.

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KATHIC2 1/14/2013 8:03AM

  Finding our inner strength is the key. Love your wisdom.

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JANEMARIE77 1/14/2013 7:36AM

    What a awesome blog and a wonderful way to look at weight lose its another way to say and see small step create new habit that make a new life. You said and expressed it so well I'm sure many will get it wish I could give you a great big real emoticon expressed so well thanks for taking the time to share it.

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CELIAMINER 1/14/2013 7:33AM

    Wow, hope everyone "likes" this blog...it needs to be a featured blog and get a wide audience (no pun intended).

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PENOWOK 1/14/2013 7:32AM

    Good illustration!! Some days I am well-disciplined and others, well...

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TRYINGHARD54 1/14/2013 5:34AM

    thank you

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LIFETIMER54 1/14/2013 5:26AM

  emoticon from the bottom of my heart.... emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 1/14/2013 5:10AM

    Thank you for your insights. This blog was so true and will be a great help to me.

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AMANDACOETZER 1/14/2013 4:14AM

    Thanks. I received some very much needed advice today! Bless you!

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SHERYLDS 1/14/2013 2:40AM

    love your Karate Kid analogy...so true.
Do something good, long enough, and it feels natural

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/13/2013 11:58PM

    I could not agree more!To me it is also making it simple rules that helps me to get along without having to decide about things gives me the calm and focus I need. emoticon

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JEANNE229 1/13/2013 11:22PM

    Wax OFF! Way to go, Nell. Great lessons here.

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NASFKAB 1/13/2013 10:40PM

  great

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