Discipline and Success Tips

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” — Abraham Lincoln

You get the idea.  We all want to be in great shape, feel good, and be healthy.  BUUUUUT, we really want to just take a nap right now, after a quart of ice cream.  Oh, and my favorite movie is on, so let’s start Monday!  We never really want to go to the gym and workout, but we want the results.  At FTGF, we work hard to keep you focused on your goals and motivated to do those things you don’t necessarily WANT to do, but will lead to the results that you want.  Discipline, is staying focused on your long term goals and not how you feel at this moment.

Key components of success in your fitness journey.

1.  Nutrition:  First of all, don’t eat buns of cinnamon.  Or at least not all the time.  We need to plan ahead and make conscious decisions.  Don’t wait until you are hungry to figure out what you are going to eat.  If you are going to have a cheat meal and plan for it, make it the best thing you can get, so you feel it’s worth it.  Don’t waste a bunch of empty calories on some Meijer cookies or some Hoho’s.  Plan for it, make it count, and plan for a healthy diet the rest of the time.

2.  Sleep:  Kind of like what we do with babies, it is a great idea to have a routine before bed.  Whether it’s showering, reading, praying, snuggling.  If you have a certain routine, it will help your body prepare to go to sleep.  This is more for people that have trouble sleeping.  If you are like me, we just need to have our head on the pillow at the proper time and we’re out.

3.  Activity:  I am blessed enough to have a desk at work that will raise up so I can stand.  While there are many days that I really don’t feel like standing, I know it’s good for me.  If you have a desk job and have an opportunity to get something like this, do it.  Or periodic walks throughout the day would help to keep the blood flowing throughout the day.  Walks at lunch time, at night after dinner, whenever you can get a little more movement in.