Self Discipline

I snapped this photo along my run this morning. It hangs at the Dory Fleet in Newport Beach.

I snapped this photo along my run this morning. It hangs at the Dory Fleet in Newport Beach.

We all want to go somewhere. So, we name a destination and chart the course. Welcome Aboard.

It’s exciting. We know we can get there. We just need to be disciplined and stay the course. Which, at the time, sounds like a fantastic idea. But, when the time comes for us to actually be disciplined, it can be a real slap in the face.


Today is Saturday. And according to my training program, today is also a 5 mile run. And according to my life, today is also off to a less than stellar start.

This morning it was all getting on my nerves – the tandem toddler tantrums, my poor husband who is sick with a stomach bug, Vera peeing on the couch, Reece peeing on the floor (while in timeout), my sore quads (and hamstrings and shoulders and upper back). By 9am I wanted to pour myself a wine spritzer, lay in the sun, and put up the “Do Not Disturb” sign. (Too bad my kids can’t read.)

But instead, I had to go run 5 miles… with my cranky kids.

So I did. And, it was fine. And, I went 6 instead of 5. Now, I can check the “Run 5 Miles” box. Done.

Now, is it bedtime yet? No? Ok, someone get mama a spritzer!

Post run selfie. At least one of us is happy.

Post run selfie. At least one of us is happy.


Sometimes it’s just about checking a box. Which is okay! Boxes are important – they represent hard work and achievement of near term goals.

Self discipline is meant to keep us on track when we encounter moments (days, weeks, months) of weakness. The weakness can come from lack of motivation, lost perspective, low energy, bad attitudes, external circumstances, you name it. Regardless of the reason, there will be moments where staying on course means doing something we would rather no do. It won’t be fun.

We don’t have to like it, but we do need to practice it.

I have shared my fitness related goals with you before. Fitness does not happen by chance. We have to plan for it. Nike Training Club is a great place to create a plan. I am currently mid way through the four week Get Lean NTC Program. The daily workouts keep me excited and on track towards my Always Be Fit goal. It’s the reason I ran 6 miles today.

If you’re looking to add some discipline to your workout regime, I recommend using NTC to create a customized training program. You can read more about NTC and their training programs here, here and here. Let me know if you check it out. I would love to talk NTC shop with someone!


Where do you want to go? Name your destination and chart your course. You can get there – you just need to be disciplined and stay the course. Welcome Aboard, Successful Friend.

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5 Comments

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    Carissa
    06/01/2014 at 8:01 am

    Loves this post

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    Merina
    06/01/2014 at 9:58 am

    Just what I needed to hear right now. I’ve been letting things slide a bit. Life has been super busy and I’ve been using that as an excuse. You’re right – it’s not fun. But neither is the way I feel when I’m neglecting my goals. Thanks for giving my some perspective 🙂

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    sabrina
    06/21/2014 at 8:55 pm

    Loved this post Natalie!! Holy cow thanks for sharing; so I started NTC day 1 today and am feeling confident and determined. I’m also on week 3 of what I’ve been referring to as “Clean Eating, Health & Wellness Campaign” in my house:). You are the one that referred me to NTC; I had never heard of it before and it was crazy good, loved it! I have a 3 mile run in the morning and was feeling sore and tired but this post encouraged me:) thanks!! xoxo

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    Sunny
    09/23/2014 at 5:16 am

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