I don’t typically swear in headlines…it looks sort of trashy and it is probably a Google stop word but it’s the perfect way to describe my current thoughts. Also if you know me in real life you know I put sailors to shame with the amount of flexibility I have with a certain four letter words. It’s a verb, it’s an adjective, it’s a noun, and it just works.
The thing is I’ve been searching high and low for months with ways to get myself back into a fitness routine. I miss my old toned body and putting on clothes without feeling blah instantly, and I miss the mental tenaciousness that flexing my muscles daily created in my mind.
The truth is the one muscle I haven’t been flexing quite enough of is Discipline. It’s the muscle that says probably should get up and get a run in before work, it’s also the muscle that’s usually whispers…. yeah don’t eat that extra cookie. Oh disciple you sneaky bastard. You stopped whispering to me months ago when I completely checked out on you.
The truth is I needed some focus and some willpower. And I’ve enlisted some help as well. It’s like therapy for my professional career but a lot of what I’m learning can be transferred into other aspects of my life. I thought I was having a breakdown based on some crazy things that I felt were happening to me…after some listening it became clear that I can’t change people but I can change my reactions and my thoughts about them. Good ole’ neuroscience.
And in connecting those dots and considering the world around me more than just my gut reactions to things, I’m learning to start put other parts of my life into more serious focus.
Whole30 started for me on September 5th and I did a great job with it right up until this moment:
And the truth is I’m not even mad about it, sure I bit the dust hard but I can begin again on the 11th. Discipline is a muscle that needs to be flexed…I’ll probably say that 8 or more times in this post because it’s the truth. I didn’t need to have this beer but it tasted good and it was just the kind of day that warranted a beer. But I need to get flexing that discipline muscle if I plan to get myself back into fighting shape.
There are all of these ideas and rules for creating self discipline. There are literally FULL sections of book stores dedicated to the topic, in my case I just need a cold turkey reason to stop doing the crap I’m doing and get out of my own way.
For me that means getting simple:
My workouts are scheduled as part of my new plan and I just need to get my meals planned. This should be simple and I ‘m breaking it down as such no complicated regime just a step back to basics:
- 3 miles or 30 minutes a day
- Whole30 meal prepped meals
Nothing complicated nothing hard to follow just simple meals and a mantra of moving. Back to school is a good time to reset, my kids are on a schedule which helps me stay on a schedule. So I’m looking for simple, I’m “re” flexing my discipline muscle and getting back on track. I’m sure this is going to take some serious willpower but it’s time to stop whining and moaning, change my mindset and focus.
Question of the Day: Do you follow the 3 miles or 30 minutes a day mantra?