One of my favorite quotes comes from retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink:
Discipline equals freedom
It’s simple and complicated at the same time. See, what makes this quote powerful is the infinite derivations:
Discipline equals wealth: Work hard, control your spending for a couple decades and boom!; you just may find yourself sitting on a golden nest egg.
Discipline equals happiness: Stay off your phone, go to bed early and be mindful. You’ll be better for it.
Discipline equals health: Exercise and don’t eat junk. Take care of your body.
Today, I’ll focus on that last one. Mr. Wow and I had a bet over who could lose the most weight. I lost. Not by much, but I lost:
Looking at the red line in the graph, I got off to a bad start. I started the bet at 168 and quickly ballooned to almost 173.
What happened? Vacation happened.
And it all goes back to self-control. I have healthy willpower in some aspects of my life. For example, I don’t slack off with exercise. Yesterday, I could barely walk up the stairs after my deadlift and squat routine. I also walked 26,911 steps.
But with food, I suck.
Halloween is hell. Candy. Everywhere.
So is Thanksgiving. I didn’t need to eat four pieces of pie along with that mountain of stuffing.
Where To Go From Here?
It’s not all bad. I now weigh 153, down 20 pounds from August. I’m still not at my optimum weight (somewhere in the high 140s), but I don’t have far to go. I no longer have hypertension.
But, I didn’t perform up to my potential. I’m disappointed and a little angry too. Not at Mr. WoW, but at myself. I could have done better. I should have done better.
One thing that helps is peer pressure. Mr. WoW and I are going to organize a second part of this challenge. It will probably be some kind of race. Maybe a 5K, 10K or half-marathon. Maybe in Portland or Southern California. We hope that some of you will join us. Stay tuned for more information.
Our freedom to operate and maneuver had increased substantially through disciplined procedures. Discipline equals freedom. –Jocko
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