Have you ever followed a recipe to the teaspoon, to find out only when it’s too late that you’ve made a mistake? Tonight, I found a healthy recipe for sweet potato waffles. Well, I was so excited to try this novel mixture of ingredients that I rushed the process and essentially resulted in small, “hamburger looking” messes of pancake. Yes, the waffle maker was a complete fail. My point is, I didn’t have discipline. Even though I’m not a stranger to the kitchen, being patient and having discipline is essential to cooking. This is especially true with a healthy diet. It is much easier to get a burger or pizza after a long work day, rather than cooking a meal lasting an hour or so after preparation. But is it worth the wait? Of course it is! You’ll be more proud of yourself after making and eating a healthy tuna sandwich and salad, rather than driving five minutes to pick up a burger and fries, only to feel guilty after. It’s essential to stay disciplined to your goals. If you are truly dedicated to your goals, you’ll take the time out of your day to prepare healthy food at home. And remember, the key is to set specific goals. Once you’ve set a specific goal, design a plan to stay consistent and true to accomplishing your goal. Nutrition and a healthy diet is the key to seeing results. What you eat is much more important than exercise. When talking percentages, nutrition (i.e. food and water intake) makes up about 80% of the results, and exercise is only about 20%. For example, I’ve worked with many people about losing weight and exercising. Especially ones that aren’t seeing results. Of course they’re working their tails off in the gym, but it’s much more than what you do in the gym. Remember, it’s about calories in vs. calories out. If you burn/move more than what you eat, you’ll lose weight. And if you eat more than what you move, you’re going to progressively gain weight. So as much as you may be doing in the gym, make healthier choices and decrease food intake throughout the day. Discipline yourself. “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”-Proverbs 25:28
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