Last year (or the year before) I read about the idea of picking a word of the year that influences you from Amanda at Run to the Finish. With my focus this year being on Augusta 70.3 and trying to manage my nutrition, I think Amanda’s approach is a great start to this.
My word for the year is
The word came up a few months ago as I was lamenting on how I was struggling to eat right and not eat everything on sight at certain times of the day. And I think it was Mike who said, If I could be disciplined with my training why not with food?
And that statement is absolutely true (not just with food).
Unless it is unavoidable, I never fail to get my training runs in. I make time for it no matter how squeezed for time I am!
Why can I not do the same with food? (Why can I not do the same with other areas like housekeeping! )
I don’t go seeking junk/sweets, but if it is in front of me I don’t turn away. Do I want the taste of the sweet now or do I want success in my goals? Can I be disciplined enough to make that choice?
My worst times are in the evening. I come home tired in the evening to tired and whinny kids. The end of the day takes a toll on all of us and eating has become a coping mechanism for me. I keep healthy snacks to eat in the car, but it doesn’t do me any good in the evenings. So instead of snacking, I started eating dinner as soon as I walked in. But that leads me to eating more carbs like rice/wheat because they are easier to grab/fix, instead of more vegetables and proteins. I KNOW I should be eating a large bowl of vegetables (not just salad) before I eat anything else.
And it really is not that hard to fix myself a vegetable bowl. But I get swayed by dinner plans for the kids and instead just eat whatever is immediately around, which is that bowl of rice/wheat with yogurt.
I know I should take a breather for a few minutes to fix myself a vegetable bowl but I don’t feel like it. Will I have the discipline to do that going forward?
How can I bring discipline to my actions?
I know what my undisciplined behaviour is. I know it will be hard. But I am committed. I know what I want and I am willing to put the effort to get to want. But will I actually DO it? It is not enough to want to be better at food and nutrition, but I should actually make the effort and be disciplined to DO it.
In the next few days (or maybe few weeks since I’ll be off to tackle the Dopey Challenge soon!), I will be sharing my goal for my nutrition and how I plan to stay disciplined with food. I am determined to give myself the best possible backup as I go into training for this new big goal.
Have you ever picked one action word or defining word? If you were to pick one, what would it be? If you have a blog post linked to it, share the link in comments!
I’m linking up today with Jill Conyers at JillConyers.com, & Jessica Joy at TheFitSwitch.org for the Fit Dish Link-up. I’m also adding this post to the Tuesdays on the Run link-up with April at Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Patty from My No-Guilt Life and Erika from MCM Mama Runs.
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