Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Today's SparkCoach lesson was 5 Ways to Build Consistency
1) Start with something that's pretty easy to manage and build up from there. Set a goal of one 10-minute exercise session per week.
I started with the 10 min exercise 5 times a week, now I do that 5 times a week at least AND I go to the gym 3 days a week. When I started going to the gym 3 days a week I was doing 30 min sessions now I'm up to 45 min.
2) Find an accountability buddy--someone who knows about your plan and is willing to give you a push when you feel like slacking off.
I find that my sparkfriends, My husband, My mom, co-workers, and friends are great when it comes to giving support. As long as they don't also wallowing and justifying my reasons to be inactive or over eat. I'd say 80% they are great accountability resources.
3) Join a SparkPeople Team or a Challenge. It's always harder to let someone else down than it is to let yourself off the hook.
I have joined quite a few spark teams and I find that this is a great support. I am more honest on SparkPeople and I also feel like people are always watching me. Which as frightening as it sounds is a great thing!
4) Employ an excuse buster. Find a friend, family member, or SparkPeople member whose judgment and opinion you respect. Each time you find yourself thinking about skipping an exercise session or blowing your meal plan, write down the reason for your choice. Share this reason with your excuse buster and get her honest opinion about whether the reason for your choice is reasonable or just an excuse.
This is new, I need to try this, Anyone want to be my excuse buster?
5) Always have a plan B. Because life is unpredictable and complicated, you need to have plan B ready--even before you actually need it. Plan B is an alternative way to stay consistent with your goals when your regular routine (or something else) doesn't work out as planned.
My Plan B is carrying my gym bag at all times, And to take a rest between workout days. I used to go to the gym and work out 5-6 days a week and I started to make myself sick. Even exercise is good in moderation. I still walk 30 min to an hour every day but I try to space out the gym as its way more intense.