It Takes Discipline

November 12, 2020

My six-year-old son is wearing me out.

First, it was baseball this summer. Now, as we’ve made it to the halfway point of football season, all he wants to do is play tackle football in the front yard. 

I have no shortage of daddy pride as my son discovers a love for the sports. But playtime with other boys his age is limited during the pandemic. It falls on me to fill the gaps. 

I love it and know I’ll miss these moments when he gets older. But trying to keep up with a six-year-old has exposed my lack of stamina.

To combat this, I’ve upped my mindfulness toward all things health-related. 

For the last couple years, my wife and I have shifted to a more vegan diet. I’m not hardcore about it. I still eat meat occasionally (mostly chicken), I have eggs for breakfast on Saturdays, and I’m not afraid of cheese. I’m not striving for perfection — only improvement. I’ve seen my weight drop and cholesterol levels dramatically decrease since I began. That’s good!

Last year, I bought some light dumbbells which I keep in my office and most days I’ll pick them up in the middle of the work day to do some sets of curls, shoulder lifts, and chest presses.

This year, I took another step. I’ve cut alcohol out of my diet. Zero. Zilch. Nada in 2020. The quarantine, no social scene, and no business travel has certainly helped keep me on track. 

Then, I began intermittent fasting about 6 months ago. I eat all my food in an 8-hour window between noon and 8 p.m. Nothing outside of these hours. I thought this would be hard, but it has been surprisingly easy.

Yet even after taking all these steps, 30 minutes of running around with my son leaves me physically wrecked.

But that’s not stopping me from new health experiments. 

Last weekend, I signed up for the Noom app (a diet & exercise program that leverages psychology to meet goals) and today, a brand new digital scale arrived for daily weigh-ins. With Noom, I hope to get smarter about the types and quantities of calories I consume on a daily basis.

There are no silver bullets to perfection in diet, exercise, or trading. To succeed, we must have the discipline to press forward and make incremental improvements via smart decisions. The results are rarely immediate. But if we stay mindful of the little things and put in processes to continually make better decisions, we’ll look back a year from now and it will be impossible not to see positive results.