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Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.

I had to write a list for the Beck book on "why I wanted to lose weight". I wrote out that list in about 30 seconds. Here's my list so far:

1. I want to feel beautiful
2. I want to look beautiful
3. I want to be healthy forever
4. I LIKE eating healthy foods
5. I LIKE exercise and how it makes me feel...EMPOWERED!
6. I want to wear skinny jeans
7. I want to feel comfortable wearing shorts in the summer
8. I want to be proud of myself every single day

How awesome is THAT? I am supposed to take this list out, that I wrote on an index card, and look at it several times a day. I am also going to look at it when I am thinking I am not doing as well as I am.

I am doing the Beck book mostly to make sure I am emotionally ready for the rest of my life, and being smart about food choices. This book is full of great ideas to make us ALL feel confident and be capable of, for once, following a lifetime healthy diet plan.

What's YOUR list?

Sometimes in your life, you have to discard things that are burdening you, people, stuff in your house, emotions that can overwhelm. When you do this, you are arming yourself for success. It can be difficult, but can also be incredibly freeing.

Discipline is a mental challenge to never have sabotaging thoughts about yourself, and to give yourself credit every single day for every single milestone you achieve. By doing this, you are rewarding your good behavior, and telling yourself that one slip does not a catastrophe make.

I am on Day 4 of the Beck book, and I believe this book is a magnificent tool for anyone who wants to be a successful thin person. We ALL should read it.

Spark on.

Beck book:
"The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person" by Judith S. Beck

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    I would add that I want to be healthy enough to enjoy my retirement - I have seen too many people retire because they can't do what they love anymore. I want my retirement to be about being able to do more of what I love. Got 13+ years - better get working on it.
    1937 days ago
    Love your discipline quote! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1937 days ago
    I agree with Steve,YOU WROTE THISBOOK!! Thank you for another excellent blog. You have helped so many of us!
    1940 days ago
    You are such an awesome inspiration. That sounds like a great book to read but I agree with SRWYLE, you could have written it yourself! Thanks for always having something positive to say!
    1940 days ago
    Read it??? Honey, you could have WRITTEN it!!!!!

    This sounds so much like what you and I have both been through over the past X months. I'm glad you're getting validation from the book, but it certainly sounds like you have already gotten it, in the broadest sense of the word, and what this book is doing is confirming what YOU ALREADY KNOW.

    Because of all the people I've met on SP, you are the embodiment of what this program is all about. You've lost a tremendous amount of weight in a relatively short period of time, and you have committed to living a healthy life from now on.

    I'm so glad that this book has given you some additional tools in your toolbelt to keep you successful. That means that you have even more AWESOME tools than you already had, and you are GUARANTEED to have all the success that you want.

    Keep Sparking, girl, because YOU'VE GOT THIS!

    1940 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    By the way I don't wear skinny jeans cause I am a male, however I do wear wranglers and wanna look like a country boy oughta look.
    1941 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    That list is most inspiring list of goals for health n fitness I have ever seen........ thanx for putting them in a blog for all to see........ I will refer to your list daily!
    1941 days ago
    Great list thanks as always for sharing your wonderful insights.

    1941 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    emoticon keep up the great work
    1941 days ago
    Such a great idea! And I love your list too!
    1941 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Excellent list! Excellent goals!
    I have never read this book but certainly have heard so much about it from people here on SP.
    Fit people do look better, feel better, look younger and I love skinny jeans and have bought several pair and I can't see myself wearing any other kind after wearing these!
    Keep up the great work! You are doing fabulous!
    1941 days ago

    your keyboard tray is another good place for a copy of your list. I keep one there with 'The 7 Habits'.

    1941 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Love today's blog, especially your list.

    You are now a "Becking Sparker" sorry I couldn't resist! emoticon
    1941 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    pretty emoticon emoticon
    1941 days ago
    This blog is FANTASTIC and so is your list!
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    My discipline wasn't in check last night. I ate chocolate Pop-Tarts for dinner with a glass of chocolate milk and ate 2 chocolate chip cookies for a snack. I haven't ate a pop tart since I started my weight loss journey. I'm not going to lie. They were delicious but not something I plan to eat again for some time.

    1941 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    Well said..and shows how very thoughtful you have been concerning your health and well being!! Thank you for sharing!
    1941 days ago
    1941 days ago
    Great quote!

    Excellent list! (and I'll bet that you can think of several additions already (like
    "I would like to be able to carry on a conversation while climbing stairs")
    1941 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    1941 days ago
    I love that quote about discipline, I hadn't heard it before. And there I was, thinking I'd heard it all!
    What a great attitude you have to Beck, I wish I had taken to it so easily the first time round. And the second. It took me three tries before I worked all the way through. So worth it, though.

    1941 days ago
    1941 days ago
    Love the title of this blog!
    1941 days ago
    I follow so many "Becker blogs" and am going to get the pink and blue books myself.

    I want to maintain my weight loss:

    for my diabetes control
    for the energy I have which I didn't have before
    for feeling good
    for looking good
    for maintaining my independence for years to come!
    for meeting life's challenges (LORD KNOWS there's enough to go 'round, isn't there!)
    for being a good example for my family
    1941 days ago
    Most EXCELLENT! .......... Love it and your list .......... I typed mine out and have in a small notebook I started with the beginning of reading this GREAT book! ........... One of mine is to take weight off due to neck (chronic pain) .......... As I desire (and WILL) reduce the load my upper body carries ............. AND if a person has ever had plantar fasciitis ........ your feet will THANK you for reducing what they must support each day! ............ (Mine are 98% healed now) ............ And of course to be beautiful, feel and look my best ........... and who doesn't shun those compliments from even my Doctors who say, "No way do you look your age!" .......... fit people just look younger! ...... anyway, SO glad we are on the same team and same page ........ savoring the book and taking notes, and even though I am not that far (yet) I find applying her tools is working! ............... emoticon for this great blog (plan to send to some friends) ....... emoticon
    1941 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/4/2015 10:28:59 AM
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