“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
There will be times that you are tempted to skip a workout or binge on food. This is especially true during holidays since food plays such a huge role in many cultures. When you are faced with these temptations you are going to need the self-discipline to keep you on the right path. Self-discipline simply means to overcome yielding to weakness and to do the things you should do even when you don't feel like doing them. The fifth most common cause of weight loss failure is the desire for instant gratification. People want results without putting forth the time and effort. However, those who've successfully become fit and healthy did not seek shortcuts. They put in the work, they celebrated each milestone, they remained focused, and they had self-control. They had the ability to put off pleasure and satisfaction in order to get the results the wanted in the future.
A famous quote by Aristotle says "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit". Self-discipline and self-control can be much easier to have once you've begun to replace old habits with new habits. In the next chapter, I am going to talk about how habits stem from learned behavior patterns that can easily be replaced with the help of hypnotherapy.