Self Discipline

Self Discipline
April 7, 2015 reviejane

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!

Prioritise

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!

Love,

Revie x

Revie Jane Schulz Blogger, Fitness Expert & Social Influencer

31 Comments

  1. Jordana 3 years ago

    Thanks Revie! It is such a mental battle to not eat the naughty things, good job throwing the bunny out. Your story is forever inspiring. X

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Thanks for letting me know I inspire you Jordana! It was a tough decision but the Bunny had to go, devastating but it was for the best! Haha!
      x

  2. Kimberley 3 years ago

    Great Blog – Thankyou xx

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Thank You Kimberley for taking the time to read it and comment! xo

  3. jess 3 years ago

    You have so much dedication and determination it inspires so many people!! If we could all have your mentality the world would be a much healthier place!! and us nurses would have an easier job hehe. Keep it up revie xx

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      How I would love to be able to change peoples mindset about FOOD! I think processed food would go out of business! Thanks for your support Jess and keep up the amazing work- I have so much respect for nurses! x

  4. Lauren 3 years ago

    I LOVE reading your posts Revie! So positively radiant and inspiring…and somehow the messages perfectly align with what I need to hear or am thinking about at the time.
    Hope you had a beautiful long weekend 🙂

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Oh thank you Lauren! I LOVE that you read them 🙂 I had a great weekend, hope you did too x

  5. Steph Mora 3 years ago

    I couldn’t have read this at a better time! Loved it. @revie x

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to let me know you loved it! xo

  6. Hannah 3 years ago

    As always, thank you for your tried and true advice! After every one of your posts, I come away with an action I can take right now (along with those long-term goals, too). I appreciate your taking the time to help us all out! Take care xx

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Oh Hannah! This is too good! I am so grateful you get so much out of my posts, I only wish I had more time to get onto these posts because I love how much it can help you!

      xo

  7. Maureen 3 years ago

    This is SUPER helpful. Love every bit of it! I always have a tough time daily, thinking that a good workout deserves “rewards”. But you totally hit the nail on the head – discipline is what will get results. Thank you Revie, you are AWESOME!

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Oh Thanks Maureen! So beautiful to read these comments, makes my heart smile!

  8. Tan 3 years ago

    Reading your blog has made me even more determined than ever now to achieve my goals and the body I have always wanted! Such great advice Revie u are such an inspiration to us all thank you thank you thank you! Bring on the 30 Day challenge! Woohooo!! Xxx

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Hey Tan! Thanks beautiful lady! See you at the Nutrition Night! x

  9. Simone Semmler 3 years ago

    Thank you for your post. It is very helpful for me. I am just trying to stop eating chocolate but it is so hard for me because I work in a chocolate factory. Now I am motivated. I love your Instagram Account and really like to learn more about what you eat. Therefore, I would like to read your book but is it available in Germany?

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Hi Simone! Thanks for your sweet message! That must be really challenging. Stay strong!

      Yes the book is online, so you can purchase online!

  10. Felicity Langlands 3 years ago

    Thankyou so much Revie for constantly giving me the motivation that i need to get through my week. When i feel like giving up i honestly come to your blog or stalk your instagram, and BAM my motivation is back & through the roof. You are the best role model, someone i truly look up to in life and i really do thank you for that. Keep being YOU!! Thanks hun xxxx

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      revieschulz 3 years ago

      Oh this is just the sweetest message! Thank you Felicity! Comments like this make me feel like its all worth it!

  11. CC 3 years ago

    I really needed to read this today. Thank you 🙂

  12. Mal 3 years ago

    Definitely my problem is the clean eating! I’m happy to run/workout/ yoga all day but put a glass of wine in front of me and it’s all over!! Practise makes perfect!

  13. Stacey 3 years ago

    Totally agree with you Revie! Love it. I just wish more of my friends and family could take on this mindset too. We must keep trying 🙂 x

  14. Maral 3 years ago

    Thanks Revie for this amazing post ! You truly motivate me and as many others also said , your Instagram is where I get my daily dose of inspiration .
    Please write more about the food you eat normally and the way you plan your meals . I recently lost 60 kilos and trying to maintain the current weight and training to become more fit is not an easy thing at the moment .
    Tnx once again ! Sending you loads of love all the way from Hungary

  15. facelessfitness 3 years ago

    I love this! I regularly get hangry and my bf will hand me food and not talk until I eat it haha! Do you have any meal prep tips? Once I graduate college in the next few weeks I want to start meal prepping so I set myself up for healthy lunches when I’m at my job! Thank you again for always being so inspiring!!! <3

  16. Michelle 3 years ago

    Thanks for always being so positive! Your posts on instagram motivate me to hit the gym and want to be healthier. Thanks for being such an inspiration for women worldwide!! This post what EXACTLY what I needed to read!

  17. nikki 3 years ago

    Great blog babe, some days are harder then others.. Mind if matter.. Or food.. Lol..

  18. Jessica M. 3 years ago

    Thank you for this blog post and for being so inspiring. I needed this today. I turned down an unhealthy lunch with friends and a cupcake. 20 points for me! The bit about training our willpower and discipline really clicked with me. In the past, I was able to say no to a lot of things and reach my goals , but it’s been harder recently. I am going to work hard on building my willpower & discipline muscles! So excited for the Babe Project to start up. Can’t wait!

  19. Sareetovar 3 years ago

    Keep it up Rev! You are my motivation! 🙂 just when I want to give up I stalk your IG and it’s always so uplifting and real. Your blogs are a bonus. Thanks for taking the time to reach out to so many babes <3

  20. Jenn 2 years ago

    Revie – You are so inspiring. I live in the U.S. but lived in Sydney for 6 months. I can’t believe how much you’ve accomplished and we are the same age. Do you count your calories or macros? I’m worried I may not be getting enough calories or protein which is why my body hasn’t been changing much with all the lifting I do. Thanks!

  21. Andrea 2 years ago

    I love this post! I throw away a lot of goodies and I’m glad I am not the only one!

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