As I’ve mentioned numerous times to anyone who will listen/read, I have practically NO self-discipline. For whatever reason, it is extremely difficult for me to stick to a set schedule or deprive myself of something I really want. I think the freedom of grad school has done me in. I haven’t had to take classes since my 2nd year and I pretty much come and go to work as I please (and when I don’t please #siamese). I tend to operate best when I have structure but for whatever reason I can’t seem to set the structure myself. It’s like a need a constant parent or instructor to constantly tell me what to do, when to do it, and to punish me if I don’t obey. And that’s pathetic!!!
So in my attempt to restore some normalcy and discipline into my life, I’m going on a diet. The Abs Diet to be exact. A girl friend of mine bought the book and mentioned going on the diet to me and some other girl friends. Since many of us are on a quest to get fit and develop better eating habits, we all decided we wanted to do the diet together. Since the Abs Diet is much more of a lifestyle diet than a fad diet, it seemed like a great way to help lose some unwanted pounds–especially around the belly region–and get toned up.
While most of my friends doing the diet are smaller than me and in better shape, I feel extremely confident joining them as we embark on this quest to better fitness. With a team of us doing the diet, we can lean on each other for support and motivation. It’s not going to be easy to adjust to eating certain types of foods for 6 small meals a day (since none of us currently eat that way) but we’ll all be in the struggle together. We’ll all have to plan ahead and stick to a schedule. And it’s reassuring to know that I can count on my girls to know my #fatgirlswag pain when I’m craving an Oreo McFlurry when I drive past McDonald’s to get to the Trader Joe’s for groceries. We’ll all be in the same boat and holding each other accountable!!
Though I don’t have an ideal size or weight that I’m trying to reach, I really just want to be fit and lean again. For high school and most of college, I was in great shape. But this last year of grad school has been cruel to my figure. I’ve gained a lot of weight and I’m hardly fitting into my clothes. And though I workout regularly, I haven’t been able to lose the weight I’ve gained, just maintain it and not gain anymore. I know eating properly and in controlled portions is the only thing that will complement my workouts. I want to get back to some normalcy. I want to get back into a 2 piece and actually look good in it. I want to be able to wear tight fitting clothing without having to worry about a muffin top. I want to wave without having a wing dangling from my arm. Is that too much to ask?!?!?!
All that to say, I’m really excited about this Abs Diet. Not just for the fitness benefits, but also because it’s the first step (of many, hopefully) to gaining some discipline and putting some structure into my life. By committing to this Abs Diet–which requires sticking to an eating schedule and planning ahead for my meals–I am also committing to taking control of other parts of my life. I have a dissertation to finish and many personal goals I want to reach. This diet is just the beginning!!
I can do this. I will do this. I am all in!
Have you struggled with discipline in any area of your life? Do you stick to a set schedule or do you freestyle day to day like me? Do you find it easier to commit to something (i.e. a diet) if other people are holding you accountable?
Committed to the cause,