Learning Self-Discipline

It’s Wednesday, so I got up and went for a run this morning. Did the full 4.5 miles, really didn’t want to, wasn’t sure I was going to make it the whole way. Did it anyway.

I think that if somebody asked me what my best advice for getting good at weight management would be (other than record keeping), I would have to say it’s to practice doing things you don’t want to do.

I’m not talking about robbing a bank or anything illegal. I mean doing things that you know you’re supposed to do, but just don’t feel like doing because they’re no fun, like cleaning out your rain gutters or balancing your checkbook. Little things that don’t seem all that interesting or useful (surely I can put it off for another day?), but make a big difference over time if you don’t do them.

That’s what long-term weight management is – doing stuff that you probably don’t want to do, and probably think you could skip just this one time, except that one time turns into every time if you get out of the habit. It’s a dedication to self-discipline – nobody can make you do these things but you. Nobody makes me get up every other morning and run for miles. Nobody stands over me at dinnertime and makes me pick veggies over mashed potatoes, or fruit over ice cream. Nobody but me, and nobody but me COULD do it. So I have to cultivate self-discipline by doing things I don’t particularly want to do, on a regular basis. So I don’t get out of the habit.

And then reward myself for making the right choices, in a way that doesn’t involve food. More on that later…


2 Responses to “Learning Self-Discipline”

  1. Caron Says:

    So true! Exercise is what I struggle with most and I absolutely will do the “It can wait till tomorrow.” or “I’ll do my exercise as soon as I (fill in the blank).” Procrastinating and running out of time is a bad thing for me and I’m trying to kick that nasty habit.

  2. Yoko Olsgaard Says:

    Such a good post, Laina. You are hitting exactly where I need to change my ways. Thank you!

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