I was reading an article today about what it means to be disciplined in life and it got me really thinking about my own view on the subject. You have no idea how many times I have heard people say that training the way we do or eating the way we do takes “too much discipline”. Sure, maybe it does… but so what? I feel great. I can do more in the gym than most women or men can. Having “discipline” isn’t really that bad….
BUT how many of us can stick to these things when we are placed outside of our comfort zone? Meaning when you go on a trip, when you don’t (or can’t) work out for a few days, when temptation is placed right in front of you…..
I’m not sure exactly when it started. I would like to say the holidays but I feel like I was back on track for a little bit before the Valentines Day cruise came. So… my husband and I went to the Bahamas for 4 days. Surprisingly there were paleo-ish options available both on the cruise ship and on the island. Did I care? Not really. I took the vacation as a time to eat whatever I wanted and wod as little as possible cause I wanted to “relax”. Bad idea. I haven’t really been the same since. Where the hell was my discipline?! I completely lost it and have continued to lose it for the past 2 months. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still been training hard. I still eat clean for most meals but I cheat A LOT. Luckily this week I decided to cut the crap and start eating clean 90/10 again. Needless to say it’s been a challenge not to get one of those peanut butter mini cupcakes when I walk into Starbucks. ughhhh
Discipline doesn’t mean just having healthy habits. It means being able to maintain that structure in your life when you are placed outside of your comfort zone. “Indeed, discipline is related to the flexibility it takes to abandon a immediately-comforting behavior for a more frightening one.” That makes so much sense to me. I can’t imagine what my life would be like right now had I not continued doing CrossFit cause I was scared of lifting weight. I definitely wouldn’t have this website or own a business, that’s for sure!
So… does the fact that I actually LOVE working out and eating clean make it any less of a challenge? Hell no! Temptation is always out there no matter how much I avoid it. The problem is when I get off track like I did, I don’t feel good about it. Not because I think I’m gonna gain weight or anything like that, but because I know I am better than that. I know that I train this way and eat this way because it makes me feel good first, and second because it helps to make me a better athlete. Being better at CrossFit is important to me and I’m assuming it’s important to you guys too.
Don’t you want to kick ass? Don’t you want to become faster and stronger? Don’t you want to look and feel awesome??? Practice your discipline then. Get outside your normal routine whether it be your training schedule, where you go to eat, who you go out with. Realize your goals and take pride in the fact that yeah, it takes hard work… but so does everything else that is really worth it.