Change Takes Discipline

The dictionary defines change as, “to become different in some way, to change is to adjust develop, transform, or revise.”

However, you cannot have change without discipline.   

Discipline is defined as, “a system of rules of conduct or method of practice; to be disciplined is to have self-control, self-restraint, and self-mastery.”

Basically, change takes discipline.  The two work together.

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The Born Again Runner

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In his book, Pete Magill, talks about how developing a running habit transformed his life.  The book is interesting, because it is filling with personal/inspirational stories and has a lot of great technical information on running.

Here are a few of my favorite points from the book:

  • The act of running is a learned skill, not an innate one, and endurance is earned through weeks and months of training, not through birthright.
  • Success in a running program demands patience and planning.
  • Run first.  Then buy gear and gadgets as your training requires.  It’s a mental thing.  You’re either starting your running program, or you’re delaying it.
  • By starting a running program, you are exercising your power to become the person you want to be.  Don’t relinquish that power-not for a second-to the infrequent negative comment.
  • The fastest way to become a successful runner is to take your time.  Slower gets you there faster.  Faster seldom gets you there at all.
  • To expect change in the future without instigating that change today is like expecting a flower to blossom from a seed that was never planted.  The time to implement change is the present.  It’s right now.

The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw

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This book discusses seven key areas in the weigh loss journey.

  1. How to develop self-control
  2. How to control emotional eating 
  3. How to control external pressures
  4. How to develop new habits
  5. How to pick better foods
  6. How to develop an exercise program 
  7. How to develop a support system 

I enjoyed reading this book.  I also found the information to be helpful in my quest to loss weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

The Diabetes Reset by George L. King, M.D.

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I don’t have diabetes, but I decided to read this book anyway.  It is full of information on how to improve your diet and live a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. King is a huge advocate for the “Rural Asian Diet.”  This is a diet of mostly high-fiber carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables.  This diet helps with weight loss and reduces risk of diabetes or can help control diabetes.

He also talked about the importance of monitoring and recording your calorie intake to help maintain a healthy weight.

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone interesting in living a healthy lifestyle.