1. training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
2. control gained by enforcing obedience or order
3. orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
Are you in a place in your life where you could honestly say that you have built a strong discipline for healthy eating and exercise? Do you make smart decisions daily that contribute to your overall health? Do you believe in yourself and the fact that you will reach your goals?
I ask you these questions because while I am very dedicated to fitness and nutrition, I still have tendencies to fall off the hamster wheel that is keeping me on track. With that being said, I can recognize that I am only human.
However, I have several tools that I use to help myself build and maintain discipline to do more each day and reach my goals. I know that when I fall off track, my end goal is being put off, so I need to regain focus, make a list and get right back into the game.
1.) Set a GOAL and write it down
Put it somewhere you will be reminded, every single day. Currently I am making a vision board with all of my goals, so that everyday, when I wake up, I’ll see it and make decisions that will lead to the end results.
2.) Make a LIST and/or calendar
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it over and over again. You NEED a daily, weekly, and monthly To Do List as well as at least a week of workouts written out. Typically, I do a whole calendar, which I work off of each week, but never usually follow it to a T. It still keeps me in line with where I need to be each week, though.
3.) Eat good. Feel great.
So, here’s the deal. I think about this ALL the time. When I eat good…I feel great. When I eat crap…I feel like shit. So, why is it so difficult to eat good ALL the time? I mean, I just love food, so that’s part of the problem, the other part is that I love food. Haha. But really, I eat great 90% of the time 90% of the day. It’s ALWAYS dinner that gets me. I’ll either over eat because I come home starving or I just won’t make the healthiest choice, because I ate so damn good all day that I just want a carb! So, I need to work out the balance and building a healthier relationship with food. I said the other day…’Why do I eat so much pizza in one sitting? It’s not like it’s my last chance to ever have pizza.” Right?? I will say that Shakeology definitely helps me stay on track and the best part is that, when our fridge is bare…I always have shakes! More importantly though, it keeps my daily calories intake lower and if I eat crappy, I know I still got my vitamins for the day!
4.) Schedule a race
Find a buddy, schedule a race and stick to the training plan. If you have a scheduled obligation, then you have no choice but to get your workout in. Plus, if you do it with a friend, you have your accountability partner right there! You aren’t going to walk into a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon untrained and you typically have to pay for the race and you don’t want to waste the money, so sign up and commit to it! You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when it’s over, I know I did!
5.) Join my challenge group
Every month, I hold challenge groups where I am the Coach and accountability partner to get people through 30 days of building the habit of working out and eating better as well as adding Shakeology into their routine. I only allow 5 people in my closed groups, so that everyone has individual attention. When I first started these groups, I did it for them, to help them succeed in a new fitness program and get use to drinking shakes and helping them reach their goals. Now, I realize, they are all helping ME. Everyday I log into the group page or speak with my challengers individually and realize, they are the inspiring ones, they are the ones pushing me to do my workouts because well, I’m asking the same thing of them. How is it fair of me to skip a workout when I’m counting on them to complete theirs? I love that we get a chance to know each other better and help each other reach our goals and there is nothing more rewarding!
I feel grateful DAILY that I am surrounded by amazing people that lift me up, encourage me to do more, and PUSH me to reach my goals. We set goals with the intention of reaching them and you’re only failing if you don’t set them in the first place. Wake up each day willing to do more than the last and I promise you’ll succeed.
‘The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.’ – Joyce Brothers