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 

DISCIPLINE

 

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! ) 

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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?

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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?  

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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.

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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 SomewherePatty from My No-Guilt Life and Erika from MCM Mama Runs.
 
 

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Word of the Year for 2015
  • Discipline!-What a great word of 2015. Love it! happy new year

    • Thank you πŸ™‚
      Happy New Year to you too!

  • HoHo Runs

    I love your word! It is so easy to snack as I’m preparing dinner. By the time the meal is ready, I’m full of cereal or crackers! If I picked as word, it might be DIG or DRIVE. Good luck with the Dopey Challenge!

  • That’s a great word for the year! I need to exercise some of that too…and go back to studying. ;_; sigh, haha. My word for the year is “perseverance!”

    Hope you have an awesome year, and good luck on your challenge! :]

  • I love it! I’m so disciplined in so many areas of my life, but food is just a tough spot for me. Sounds like you have a great plan! Thanks for linking up with us today!

  • jillconyers

    Awesome word for 2015! It’s that discipline that will open up a world of possibilities. It’s such a strong word. I’m 99% sure I’ve decided what my word will be. Sharing soon πŸ™‚

  • Sue Tate

    OH girl, I am so with you on the sweets at night. When the kids get crazy and stress me out, I reach for them. I definitely need the word discipline!!

  • My word this year is balance, but I totally need discipline for my evening snacking. I eat healthy all day (and plenty of food, so it’s not hunger), but when nighttime rolls around and we are battling our way through algebra, I’m hitting the sweets. Ugh.

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