Discipline and Why It’s Better than Motivation

Discipline and Why It's Better than Motivation

Webster defines motivation as “the condition of being eager to act or work”. Motivation is awesome! It’s that wonderful feeling that makes you want to do exactly what it is you want to do. It’s what spurs you to action. It makes you want to start eating better. It makes you go for that run or get that workout in. It makes weight loss all the more easier because your mind is in it with you. There are plenty of different types of motivations to be healthy and fit: you want to lose weight, you want to lower your blood pressure, you want to run run a race, you want to be fit, or simply you just want to improve your health. When you’re motivated, life is awesome.

 

However, there are those moments where motivation is lacking. Despite how much you way want to, you can’t bring yourself to act the way you know you should. You know you shouldn’t eat that whole cake, but you do it. You know you should get that run in today but you can’t bring yourself to do it. When you’re not motivated, life sucks.

 

There is a remedy though. Discipline.

 

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I’m Attending the #140You Conference!

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Credits: http://twitter.com/140conf

 

Today and tomorrow, I will be attending the State of Now 2013 (#140conf / #140You) Conference, hosted by Jeff Keni Pulver and Mallika Chopra, daughter of Deepak Chopra, as part of their Twitter team at the 92nd Street Y on 92nd St. and Lexington Avenue in New York City. My job will essentially be tweet/Facebook/Instagram or whatever I see tomorrow as the conference unfolds. I was so excited by the invite and I can’t wait to be a part of the event.

The central theme for tomorrow’s conference is “Exploring the State of: Health, Wellness, Fitness and Food”. You know that is right up my alley, which was one of the main motivators for me wanting to attend. Not to mention I’ve always been a fan of Jeff’s 140 Character Conferences because he limits most of the speakers’ time to 10 minutes, essentially limiting them the way Twitter enforces a limit on us. It works though because it allows us to hear from more speakers and also keeps the speakers from rambling and cuts right to the nitty-gritty of each speech. A different approach, indeed.

Taken directly from an email I  received from Jeff, here is a small portion of what can be expected during the conference:

Some of the many conference highlights include:

- A live tweeted yoga session w/ @tarastiles

- Listening to @mallikachopra talk to me (@jeffpulver) about how I changed my body and started my journey. This sets the stage for the #140you conference

- A #glutenfree lifestyle panel

- Learning about trying every health fad w/ @ajjacobs

- Getting inspired w/ @Gabbybernstein

- Losing weight and gaining confidence with @Sadiekurzban

- A panel on living with devices.

- How social media  makes us healthier w/ @carriekerpen

- A 1 ton panel for people who  have lost a ton of weight

- How food is medicine with @markhymanmd”

 

There is good news for those who’d like to see it but are unable to attend. The conference will be broadcasting live! Beginning at 9AM until 6PM, on both days, you can catch the live stream of the conference at http://140you.me/live. For a full list of all scheduled speakers and times, visit here.

Keep up with my live tweets at my Twitter, @drmarctagon. I may take a few photos on my Instagram as well.

 

Let the fun begin!!

 

 

 


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Doc’s Log #5: A Wake-Up Call and Lent’s Aftermath

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My how time flies, friends. Here we are, a quarter of the way through the year already. How have you all been doing on your wellness quests? Shedding those pounds? Running those races? Going those extra few miles? However you define progress, I hope you’re doing it fo sho.

Recently, I donated blood. This is not unusual for me. I donate blood, on average, 2-3 times a year. Anyway, they take my vitals every time I go: blood pressure, temperature, etc and I received some particularly troubling news. My blood pressure was 140/96! 

Now, my blood pressure has always been slightly high (hypertension runs in my family) but usually in the 130/85 range so this came across as a shock to me. 140/96 put me in the level of Stage I hypertension. Now, to put it in other terms, Stage I hypertension is the hypertension equivalent of an early diagnosis Type II diabetes, meaning meds may or may not be necessary but the situation isn’t so dire that it can’t be reversed with the right diet and exercise program.

So upon receiving this information, I said “Aww, hell naw! Something must be done and now.” I told a select few people and didn’t bother to measure again to see if the number had gone down. The initial reading was enough for me to know that something has to be done. I can’t lollygag like I have been or continue to yoyo as I have been. This is my heart and my life and I’ve seen too many male relatives die young due to heart conditions.

So, that leads me to my next topic…new challenges!

Now that my Lenten fast from the Internet is over (more on that later in this post), it’s onto the next challenge. Sparked by the  news of my BP, I decided to attack things head on and on an intense note.

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Doc’s Log #3: DietBet Results, Insanity, and Measurements

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Hey everyone!

Before we get into today’s log, I wanted to let you know about the  weight loss/fitness Facebook group that my good friend, Amoure, and I co-manage called “Losing is Winning”. It’s basically a place for us to talk about our struggles, triumphs, questions, answers, share articles, etc. So come on check it out.

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