As readers of my blog will know I have been struggling nearly 2 years to be able to swim 1 mile a day as I used to. All to no avail. I was exhausting myself. Each time I went pool I was determined to do the mile and I often could not and even when I did I ruined my day and the next day with pain and exhaustion.
I recently determined that I would stop doing this. I decided that I would go to the swimming pool with a set figure in my head. I even decided that I would go late for my swim instead of in the very early morning.
This has been of great help and as a result I have swum more days in the last eight then I have been doing.
What I noted was that it also takes self-discipline to stop myself from overdoing things. I listened to that old parental voice in my head about being lazy etc and was determined that I would be disciplined about keeping mobile is possible.
I have come to realise that for me to give myself a reasonable number of laps to do and to stick to that regardless of how I feel when I have done that number, takes discipline on my part. Due to me giving myself a reasonable number I am not knackered when I finish. It is therefore tempting for me to do more laps. I do not do it I just get out of the pool. I know that if I give in to be urged to do more I will set myself up for failure and pain and exhaustion.
The same goes for eating. I find I have to be as disciplined about eating the right amount of food. I can so easily under eat and of course sets me up for over eating. I have known this one for years.
I am now applying the same principle to my swimming and I am sure that there are other areas of my life that will apply to as well.