Having discipline is important as a Marine or soldier in a combat situation. You have to reach deep down inside yourself to take control of your body in the face of fear to keep from panicking, to keep from making a sound that could give you away before an ambush, or step carefully to keep from walking into a trap in hostile territory. Discipline outside of combat can also save your life. Keeping yourself from eating foods that are toxic to your body and killing it from the inside could very well be the most important thing you’ve ever done.
I miss being able to eat anything, anytime, without any consideration for my health. When you’re young, the body puts up with a lot more abuse, and can sustain that abuse for a while before age catches up to us. That’s why so many people gain weight in their 30’s and beyond: the body becomes incapable of sustaining poor nutrition.
I had to use a lot of discipline to keep from eating like I used to. It took a retraining of my eating habits and a lot of discipline to keep me on my diet so that I could once again be healthy. Now that I’m at my target weight, I use that discipline to stay on-track and to stay away from the foods that got me into a precarious situation with my health.
I’m not saying anyone who isn’t thin or skinny is going to die of weight-related issues, but if you’re obese or morbidly obese like I was, the odds are not in your favor. It is very likely that, at some point, you will begin to suffer from weight-related health issues that will eventually take your life.
Life and death. Discipline can make all the difference. Start eating right and exercise the discipline you’re capable of. Your life is worth it.