Yesterday’s post about raising taxes on unhealthy foods has sparked a lot of conversation and I am thrilled that it has. Maybe raising taxes isn’t the right answer, maybe it is. I don’t know but what I do know is that it has created conversation and that is a great start. This topic of obesity and unhealthy habits can no longer be ignored and is something that needs to be addressed today.
I am sitting at a national bagel establishment waiting on clients and just watching what people order and eat. A woman who had, to be blunt, an bottom growing out of her bottom ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese and a large coffee and just because a side of donut holes. I stood slack-jawed because sitting right there was a whole wheat bagel as well as a pumpernickel bagel. Also, how about eating it plain and not slathering it with cream cheese and actually enjoying the taste of the food you just ordered. And don’t get me started on the complete lack of need for the donut holes.
I thought to myself why don’t I order like that? Am I that far advanced in my education about food? I mean wouldn’t she have recognized the fact that she no longer fits in clothes the same way she used to and shouldn’t that have been enough of a clue and education into this matter? There were comments on Twitter, Facebook and in my inbox yesterday discussing this topic and I loved it. I loved disagreeing with people and talking it out even if we agreed to disagree, but the question that popped up a lot was: How do you do it? Why do you do it? Where do you it? What do you eat?
I had one word to most of those questions and that word was DISCIPLINE.
Back in March I wrote the following post about being disciplined and with the this topic fresh on the mind of the readers and followers of this blog I want to repost it because I don’t have a magic pill. I was not blessed with some sort of ability to make wise choices. I am not different than anybody else except for the fact that I take responsibility for what I put into my body. I also take responsibility for being the example to my step-son that every parent should be to their children. I don’t believe in having celebrities and athletes raise him so I do it. I show him that eating vegetables makes muscles. I show him and tell him that eating McDonald’s will get you sick and make you obese. I talk to him about these things the way all parents should.
Here is the post from March:
When I first started training I was told by friends and family that I was an inspiration and that I motivated them. I can barely think of one person that followed in my footsteps and joined me along this path because Karen was already there. Recently my sister started to make good on her words but nobody else. Sure others would start but they would stop for a multitude of reasons.
Today I get emails, Facebook messages, Tweets that go something like this: Dude, you are crazy with your training. Why, again, are you getting up so early? Why do you make me feel like I’m lazy. The list goes on and on and I thought about that on Saturday February 26th while doing a 1 hour and 50 minutes Zone 2 run.
The answer came down to one word: discipline. I was inspired by Bid Daddy Diesel’s post about aspiring and how he used that one word to define and tell a story. I wanted to try to come up with one word to define and tell my story. That one word is discipline.
Now when somebody asks me a question I can give them a one word descriptive answer: discipline.
- Why do you get up so early? I am disciplined.
- How can you maintain a vegetarian diet? I am disciplined.
- Why are you not drinking tonight? I am disciplined.
- What is with all this swimming, biking, running? I am disciplined.
I decided to look up the definition of the word. The definition even has the word training in it:
noun, verb, -plined, -plin·ing.
- training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
- activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
- punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
- the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
- behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
- a set or system of rules and regulations.
- Ecclesiastical . the system of government regulating the practice of a church as distinguished from its doctrine.
- an instrument of punishment, especially a whip or scourge, used in the practice of self-mortification or as an instrument of chastisement in certain religious communities.
- a branch of instruction or learning: the disciplines of history and economics.
–verb (used with object)
- to train by instruction and exercise; drill.
- to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.
- to punish or penalize in order to train and control; correct; chastise.
I am disciplined to get up at 3:30am everyday and drink a glass of water first then a small breakfast then a 1 hour workout. I am disciplined to have only skipped a handful on workouts in the past year. I am disciplined enough to know that when coach wants Zone 2 I run in Zone 2 and don’t push it.
I am proud of who I am and what I represent. I am proud to say that this is my lifestyle and don’t feel guilty because others interpret it as being crazy because I am not.
I AM DISCIPLINED.
Again, I am no different than anybody else except that I don’t make excuses. As I told my coach one day when I had a failed training session:
Excuses are like opinions which are a lot like a certain body part in that everybody has one and they all stink.
If you haven’t read yesterday’s post please go there now and read it and leave a comment. I am forwarding it onto the powers that be here in Texas in the hopes that a conversation gets started.
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.