Diets the one word people hate to hear. I myself hate the word diet. When I hear the word diet or someone saying that they are going on a diet. That to me means temporary. Most people go on a diet to lose between 15-20 lbs. Others may want to lose more weight. Well usually what happens is that people go on the “diets” lose the weight then return to what they were doing before. The weight comes back and they begin the cycle again. Why does this happen so much? I myself have found been through the ups and downs of dieting. The reason for that is. Most diets are very hard to adhere to for a life time. The first question that people ask about a diet is “Is it effective?”. Most diets for the most part are effective if you ever heard of the 2 snicker bar diet?. Is that diet effective? yes it was effective but is that diet sustainable? No. Now if someone were to follow that diet they would get results but at the cost of their health. Now with my dieting experience what I have found to be helpful is to have “cheat meals”. What is a Cheat meal? A cheat meal is a meal that acts as a reward for sticking with my diet. I plan out my cheat meals with my social life. Usually I go out to eat with friends or the family on the weekend and I get to sit down and enjoy a good meal with them. Before I can enjoy the cheat meal I must make sacrifices throughout the week. It is a built-in rewards system that I have in my diets. Diets are very difficult physically and mentally. Constantly suppressing hunger pains and giving up your favorite foods(the bad foods) it wears a person down over time. That is why I tell my clients to have a cheat meal after a successful week of dieting. This way it turns your diet from a long-term endurance race into the 100 meter dash. The rewards will help keep you motivated and make your diet sustainable. The longer you stay on a healthy diet the better off you will be in life.
Discipline. Whenever I hear this word I immediately think about military or people who follow orders to a T. Now I have grown up in a sports environment. I played sports my entire life. So I always had some one to tell me what to do, where to go, and what to eat from 1st grade to Junior year in high school. My senior year I went to a boarding school. Now I had the ability to make more choices. I could eat what I wanted, study when I wanted, and basically for the most part do what I wanted I had more freedom. Even thought I was given freedom to do what I wanted I still chose to do the right things. First reason I did not know any better. Never was a trouble maker and had good grades. Second reason I knew if I do the right things I could achieve more in my life. Eating healthy, working out and practicing hard will make me a better player. Now I did not have people to tell me to eat right or to work hard it was something I told myself that I needed to do these things in order to make myself better. When I hear discipline I think of doing the what is right when there is no one around. It is being accountable for you actions. If you live a sedentary life and your eat a lot of junk food then your can put your self on the path for serious health problems in the future. Remember unless you’re born with diabetes( Type I) your lifestyle is a major factor in whether you will be diabetic in the future. If you were a little more discipline stayed away from the sugary junk food ate more balance diet you would not be setting your self up for future problems. A friend of mine used to tell me how much he used to party and drink every weekend. He would drink until he almost black out. He said he was depressed and did not liked what he had become. Finally one day he decided he wasn’t going to do the same thing any more he made a huge change in his life. He started eating better, working out again and he even game up drinking for 8 months. He really started to hold himself accountable for his actions. He started to feel a lot better but he said the hardest part was to stay with it mentally. It is very hard at times to do whats right when your haven’t done right in a long time. One when you have time just take a second and reflect on your life and ask your self Am I Discipline?