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