Many of us think that when we embark on this journey of weight loss that we have to become perfectionists, and we have to buckle down and do everything in a rigid and systematic matter.
Eat only this!
Do only that!
How does this end up making us feel? Me? It makes me feel like I'm at boot camp. "Yes, sir!" "Anything you say, sir!" "How high should I jump, sir?" Although boot camp definitely instills a sense of discipline in those who participate, who can really live up to those standards 24/7/365? Not most of us.
For me, after I start to "veer" from my "discipline" I then start to hate myself. Doubt my ability to "do this".... and then turn into a ditch that I then have to dig myself out of... and then the cycle begins again.
And I get nowhere.
This gets me to thinking about discipline in general. Maybe it's my own personal definition of it. It seems to have a negative connotation, doesn't it? Like being disciplined as a child. It was a "bad" thing. However, discipline doesn't have to be negative... in fact, it shouldn't be negative.
The dictionary says discipline is...
control gained by enforcing obedience or order
orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
One thing we talked about on Weight Warriors this week was taking a negative thought and spinning it into something positive. It seems the dictionary has a negative connotation of discipline as well, which may be leading everyone down the wrong path in the first place.
So.... here's my definition.
repeated behaviors that reflect positive influence on one's life
How can I practice mindful discipline?
By moving my body daily
By eating well
By being at peace with myself
If I practice these three things daily, and document them as my personal proof, I can then say I am practicing mindful discipline with ease. Because I'm...
Keeping it simple
Keeping documentation for my visual of my progress
Keeping it easy because it will come naturally after doing it over and over again
This is one of the keys to success when it comes to weight loss. Do it with ease. Not because you have to. Because you want to.
Your practice, day in and day out, should be joyful and refreshing. If it's not, you're doing it wrong. Let's work together to practice our mindful discipline techniques.