I know its been so long since I’ve been here and able to write! I’ve missed and thought of it every other day “I’ve got to jump on the laptop and blog soon!” then have been distracted with work and play, but here I am! I really do enjoy sharing advice, experience and knowledge with you so thank you for your patience and keeping up with me via socials in the mean time.
Ready to talk about something a lot of people struggle with and one of my most asked questions: How are you so disciplined?
Now usually I am all for the ‘be patient with yourself, love yourself, respect that you need time’ posts, but there is a flip side to that and its what gets you results. As we approach the start to not one but TWO Babe Challenges I thought this couldn’t come at a better time. Yes, totally put self love, respect and all of that first but also realise that if you’re reading this, you’re probably someone that has goals, that aspires to be the healthiest version of themselves. At the end of the day you can have all the tools, all the knowledge, go to all the fitness seminars, real all the ‘Paleo Cookbooks’ in the world, but self discipline is what you need to achieve results and lead a healthy lifestyle. Some people have little discipline and I hear comments often, how are you so disciplined? I guess its from experience and of course being educated in the health and fitness field helps, but I thought I’d offer you some of my best tips on how to attain self discipline.
Discipline is the ability to say ‘No thank you’ when offered your favourite chocolate bar or when you’re laying in bed and its freezing outside and your dog’s staring at you with those big brown eyes saying ‘please don’t leave me Mum!’ and having the mental power to make yourself get up, put your lululemons on and get to training. Sure there are things to help us be motivated, like community, coaches and loved ones, but no one can force you to eat right 24/7. It’s up to YOU! This is where self discipline comes in mighty handy.
Eat every 3-4 hours
It has been proven that low blood sugar often weakens ones choice. So if you’re hungry, it’s harder to concentrate therefore your brain is not working to its full potential and you’re more likely to cave and go with a bad move. Do you know that being ‘hangry’ (hungry and therefore angry) is an actual thing! If you don’t believe me, don’t feed me for 4 hours and I can be a perfect product of Hangry. Better yet just take my word and no one gets hurt. Eating regularly relates back to Setting Up for Success which is in my top tips on staying motivated, but you MUST be prepared, make the choice on what you’re eating before you get hungry so that it is a smart move and not a hangry move.
I’ve got the power! (Willpower that is)
Willpower is something that we need to practice in order to become better at it. Yes, science has proven that willpower is a learned behaviour, in 2012 the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey said that 31% of respondents said their lack of willpower was keeping them from making changes in their lives, such as healthy eating and exercise.
The more you resist temptation the stronger your willpower can become.
So think about it this way, every time you make the decision to resist temptation, that is some form of training! Training of the brain, training of your willpower. If you realise you have just resisted temptation, acknowledge it and give yourself a pat on the back- Nice work 10 points for you!
Have you set your goals? I mean, do you really understand what it is you want. If the answer is ‘Yes!’ then that my friend that is your priority. When temptation strikes, prioritise; do I want this chocolate bar now and sabotage this mornings training or do I want to be one day closer to reaching my goal. Ultimately every time you eat, you are making a conscious choice between taking a step further from your goals or taking a step closer to your goals. Choose wisely.
Set yourself up for success
Now I know you’d like to put some of these tips into practice and really test your own Self Discipline. I appreciate your enthusiasim but let’s not push it. Do you keep your favourite naughty snacks at home in your fridge, freezer or pantry? Find yourself coming home from the day from hell at work, grabbing your biggest tablespoon and diving into that Choc Chip Ice Cream you kept stashed away, saying I’ll work this off tomorrow. Why have it there in the first place? We are human and there will be days when we don’t give a shit and your discipline has been trialled too many times in one day. That’s when NOT having those foods in the house can really help.
For example, did you see the Easter Bunny Chocolate Clay got me? I posted it on Instagram, you can check it out here. It was freaking massive, like the size of half my body. Before heading to work on Monday morning, I threw it in the bin. Yes it was wasteful and I felt a little guilty for that, but I was happy I did so when I got home from a challenging day at work, I was rustling through the fridge and pantry for anything. But to my dismay there was nothing, so I chopped up a small sweet potato, pan fried it with some coconut oil and indulged in that instead. Sugar-bullet dodged. How? I had set myself up for success.
No one can force you to eat this or not eat that. YOU are entirely up to YOU. Be accountable, responsible, have integrity and gain self discipline. It may not happen overnight, but you will get there. Along the way you’ll be getting results and there is no better reward than health.
As always, I LOVE hearing feedback, what do you want me to post about next! Comment below! Thank you for your love, support, kindness and being all round champions! I love you guys and hope to continue to inspire, motivate and dream big with you!