Wait, what? What the hell does this mean? I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word discipline, I think of Rocky Balboa right before a fight – in Rocky III when he was training in Russia for months on end – he had laser-like focus, and was ready WIN!
I think many times when we embark on a new fitness routine and set some new goals we get all charged up and blast out of the gate with the same conviction and focus – which is great – it really is – and we think we’re “Rocky” and that we are going to have this level of discipline each and every day.
But it usually doesn’t happen this way…. we set out with the best intentions and then somewhere along the road whether it’s day 2 or day 17…. life gets in the way. We don’t have the best eating day, we can’t get the workout in for one reason or another – it gets us off track and then we start in with the negative thinking, and beating ourselves up and before we know it – we’re back on the couch and right back where we started – sound familiar?
This is where this idea of “self-forgiveness” comes into play. You see, we all think that discipline is whats going to get us to our goals, but discipline is not whats going to allow us to show up for ourselves after a bad day, or month – its forgiveness. Plain and simple.
This really resonates with me right now because as many of you can relate to when starting back on your fitness routine – starting, or in my case, starting AGAIN can be the toughest part because mentally, we are not exactly in a place where we just bounce out of bed ready to tackle the day, the workout, and the clean eating plan.
Let’s face it, we’re feeling sluggish, tired, unmotivated because our jeans don’t fit, and feeling like shit about ourselves! That’s a TERRIBLE place for your head to be when starting a new routine. We want and think we need to be ready to tackle the world and when we’re not – we think we need to “get disciplined” – when really what we need to do is to be nice to ourselves! Stop with the negative talk that’s swirling around in our heads… and just be kind to ourselves and be proud that we are wanting to make a change.
That’s pretty much where I am right now. It’s been a rough couple of months for me and I could very easily sink into a big bowl of self-pitty but I’m not doing it. Not one bit of it.
Physically, I’m letting my body heal from surgery and doing what I need to do to start to get myself feeling good again. I’m going to be moving my body each day as much as it will let me which will get me stronger every day and I will be eating in a way to fuel my body and help me to feel better each day and during this process I’ve chosen to give myself a freakin’ break and not be so hard on myself because my jeans don’t fit.
The difference between self-forgiveness and discipline is that cutting yourself some slack is the ONLY thing thats going to get you back on track on Day 2 or day 232 when the previous day was a shitty one. Day 2 doesn’t stop because of lack of discipline, it stops because you don’t think you’re worth the effort, therefore you don’t let discipline in.
Well, I think I’m worth it! How about you?