Sacrifice vs. reward and what we want to be when we grow up

In this episode, we discuss the importance of discipline in a balanced life, what we wanted to be when we grow up, and the correct pronunciation of 'Nutella.'

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What we talked about:

  • Sacrifice vs. Reward
    • Discipline (especially as it pertains to exercise and healthy eating) in order to reap the rewards.
    • The social stigma attached to making sacrifices for your health and the reward of exercising self-control.
    • The vulnerability of making lifestyle changes.
    • Viewing your eating habits through a 90/10 lens - 90% of the time you're eating to fuel your body, 10% of the time you're eating for pleasure.
    • What we mean when we say 'balance.'

"One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting everyone else to give it up." - C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

  • What we want to be when we grow up.
    • Jacey wanted to be a teacher, a famous author, and lawyer. Maggie wanted to be a poet, a veterinarian, and a sportscaster.
    • We share our journeys of how we got to where we are now.
    • Advice or encouragement we would give someone just graduating from college.

What we said:

  • "Our culture has become repellant to things that require us to make sacrifices...we've lost sight of the reward that comes at the end." - Maggie
  • "Self-control is a fruit of spiritual, mental, emotional maturity." - Maggie
  • "Because we view food as this thing that is pleasurable and as something we've earned or deserve to enjoy, we have a harder time being disciplined with it." - Maggie
  • "Because our culture takes things to such an extreme, if you say you're on a diet, people are automatically going to think of a crash diet." - Jacey
  • "We also have to be willing to be in our own lane and make our own choices without having to lord it over people." - Jacey
  • "Balance looks like being aware of your whole person...not sacrificing physical health for the sake of the mental or emotional (or vice versa)." - Maggie
  • "Balance to me is deliberately choosing priorities and then making time/room for them." - Jacey (from the 'About' section on her blog, The Balanced Wife)
  • "I'm eating a raw kale leaf in one hand and dismembering a gingerbread man with the other." - Jacey
  • "I wanted to be loved and admired the way my teacher was...and in charge." - Jacey, on wanting to be a teacher.
  • "Give yourself grace to get where you are going at the pace you're supposed to get there." - Maggie's advice for someone graduating from college.
  • "You don't have to make something of yourself...your resume is not your identity...the value you bring to the world is based on who you are and who you were created to be." - Jacey's advice for someone graduating college.

Thoughts, questions, comments?

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