Where’s Your Discipline?

April 3, 2010 · 5 comments

This is a guest post by Dr. Kal from Dr. Kal’s Weight Loss Tips.

Discipline
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So, you want to lose weight? We all have our reasons for taking the plunge. You may believe that you had one too many slices of cake at your sister’s wedding, or perhaps you just want to be able to fit into that outfit that was on sale and hard to resist. But you cannot reach your goal of permanent weight loss if you do not have discipline to go along with it. It can be hard, but you will need to be a little hard on yourself without making everything seem hopeless and unacceptable.

Fun Exercises

Number one, it is important to make the process of losing weight a pleasant one. Do not make yourself run three laps around the block if you do not think you’re ready for it. Do not start swimming if you hate being in the water. I dislike running and much prefer speed walking with a weighted vest.

Associate your exercises with something good, which could be achieved in several ways. You could pick out an mp3 player for yourself or turn on the radio and listen to it as you work out. However, be sure to choose music that is upbeat; you can’t exactly get your groove on to a violin solo.

You could also try making your exercise sessions a group activity by inviting friends and family over on certain days of the week. When you aren’t doing it alone it doesn’t feel so difficult.

Rewards

Keep yourself motivated by offering rewards when certain goals are reached. Tell yourself that if you do twenty push ups you will take a scented bubble bath, or go see a movie when you have lost five pounds. You pick the reward and the goal. It’s all up to you. After all, if you don’t feel motivated then how can you expect to work towards losing weight with stability?

Slow and Steady

Remember above all to take things slowly. If you try to take on the schedule of an Olympic champion on the first day you are just asking to become discouraged and quit before you have even really started. Know your limits, and never be afraid to ask for help when it’s needed.

Small permanent lifestyle changes lead to slow permanent weight loss. Large temporary lifestyle changes lead to fast temporary weight loss. Which do you want?

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Greg April 3, 2010 at 9:11 am

You’re exactly right, of course. If it isn’t fun, you won’t stick with any exercise program. No matter how effective it may be.

Dr. Kal April 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm

@Greg I’m glad you agree. Thanks for reading!

mac April 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

to me the key of the the whole post is “slow and steady.” Over the long term, those day to day setbacks really don’t matter at all, yet they tend to make get us all down. If we can control those bad feelings and look at long term trends, then it’s much easier to be successful!

Dr. Kal April 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm

@mac – I totally agree. I think we should all Get Fit Slowly!

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