Beautiful Mind: Beautiful Body
The Art of Discipline
We sat down with Amber and Micah Burdge, owners of Crossfit 1055 in Sand Springs, to find out their take on being disciplined and how being mentally strong transfers into our bodies.
We Are Sand Springs: How disciplined would you consider yourself?
Amber: It’s definitely something that we’ve had to work at.  And it’s not about being 100% committed 100% of the time. Most people think they have to go cold turkey and that is setting yourself up for failure.  You want to set yourself up to succeed so we follow the 80/20 rule.  Eat clean 80% of the time-that’s sustainable.  And give yourself a cheat day.
Micah: We do our cheat day on Wednesday that way a cheat day on Saturday doesn’t turn into an entire cheat weekend.  A lot of people think if you workout you can eat whatever you want. But you can’t out exercise a bad diet.  
Amber: Real discipline is in planning and preparation. Eventually your cravings will die down. It’s not even so much that you want that candy bar, you just want it because you can’t have it.
WASS: What do you find most rewarding about being disciplined?
Amber: Results. When you’ve worked your butt off and are proud of what you’ve accomplished.
Micah: For  me it’s rewarding when people love themselves and commit to a healthier lifestyle.
WASS: Why would you encourage people to become more disciplined?
Micah: There is no downside.  It’s the best path.  There are no quick fixes that actually work long term.  You must build the foundation for long lasting results.  It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Amber: Set a plan for whatever area you want to be more disciplined in. Work at it. It will work.  It’s just a matter of it you’re willing to put in the work or not.
WASS: What are some small steps people could take?
Amber: Write it down and mentally plan to get there.  Read it everyday and find someone to help keep you accountable or to actually do it with you.
Micah: The same goal might look different on someone else.  But you must be aware you your goals and not compare yourself to others.  Everyone’s journey looks different.
WASS:  How do you stay motivated?
Amber: We’ve made Crossfit a passion of ours.  We’ve found ways to make it fun.  We also motivate and push each other.
Micah: If it makes sense to you who cares if it does to anyone else.
WASS: What does “Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Body” mean to you all?
Amber: I want to be a smart athlete and challenge my body but that all starts in my mind.  You must constantly overcome yourself and learn new things.
Micah: I want to be my most capable self. I don’t want to be limited in life. I don’t want to not be able to do something because of my body. But it’s a constant mind game to overcome the voices in your head.