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C = S (Consistency Equals Success)

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Monday, May 21, 2012

After a long drive Friday Joan and I stopped to see my mom and had a light supper. Dead tired we lay on the bed and enjoyed a rare luxury watching TV. We dont have a TV in our bedroom so it was a good change of pace. After flipping through the channels for five or ten minutes we settled on an interview with Dr. Oz. The interviewer asked him what HIS secret was to maintaining good health. (Have you noticed that everyone has a secret to good health?) His answer was simple: He did the same activity each day, seven days a week. He ate the same breakfast, and always engaged in exactly seven minutes of exercise each morning immediately after getting out of bed. He went on to say this was important to him because it relieved him of the stress and burden of having to decide what to eat each day. Life is full of too much unavoidable stress. We might as well get rid of the stuff we can. Well anyway, it made sense to me!!!I thought about it most of the weekend. (I get like that when I latch on to something. Were sitting at the wedding reception and Im staring off into the mist trying to find a divine message in all of this.) Its probably not new to you but it was a bit of an ah-ha to me. When I am consistent in my thoughts, my action and behaviors I will ultimately be successful. Its not too terribly exciting or earth shattering, its life. Its putting one foot in front of the other and marching to the same beat, YOUR beat, each day. Joan, (My wife of 38 years) has stayed within fifteen pounds of what she weighed the day we were married. She gained through six pregnancies, but each time she managed to drop back to a comfortable spot for her. No magic, no secret berries from an island in New Guinea, no home remedies. If you ask her about her diet she will tell you she is a Plain Jane. She eats beef, and chicken with a baked potato and either corn or peas for dinner. Lunch is a ham sandwich or a can of tuna with an apple. Breakfast is coffee, cereal and skim milk or toast with a sausage patty. She drinks a lot of water but enjoys diet Pepsi. Holiday meals are ham or turkey. If you ever talk to her shell tell you probably eats too many carbs. Her exercise regimen is walking three to five days a week or swimming in our pool when the weathers warm. Her guilty pleasure is butter and a brownie on occasion.

Driving home yesterday I started reviewing my mental food logs and realized that I had drop weight when I establish a consistent eating pattern . It was when I started chasing the exotic or trying to emulate someone half my age that my body started asking me what I was doing. I think its where I get lost. The desire to sit with the cool kids gets in the way of plain old common sense and I go off chasing butterflies. Suddenly I wake up one morning and nothing fits.

Consistency equals success. It is often not inspirational; its simply the everyday activities we discover and integrate into our life pattern that produce long term success. Its not chasing every fad and folly that rings our doorbell. I lost weight establishing a consistent pattern. I gained it all back when I deviated from that pattern. Its not very inspirational and maybe your scratching your head and saying I KNEW that!!! I guess I did also but I guess it took Joan and Dr. Oz to remind me.

Namaste dear ones
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ALIDOSHA 10/24/2012 5:43PM

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CUPCAKZ 9/3/2012 2:44AM

    John, I like to come by and re-read this post from time to time. Lack of consistency has been my downfall in the past. Over the last few months this chant has been with me : "C = S, C = S, C = S" as I made it a point to get out of the house and walk each night after supper. 17 pounds later, here I am! Thanks again for your words of wisdom!

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SILLYHP1953 6/28/2012 2:07PM

    I manage to start off each day the same...a spoonful of natural peanut butter, a banana, glass of skim milk, and cup of green tea. Every day I start that way. Now, I guess I need to figure out how to make the other meals the same, or close to the same, each day. Interesting.

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TERRYFIELD1 6/21/2012 7:44PM

    Consistancy is the Key! I am trying to become more consistant, establishing a habit of healthy choices and exercising regularly.

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GIRANIMAL 6/6/2012 2:57PM

    Ha, I guess I am a creature of habit too, though I haven't thought about it in a while. I fell in love with a pumpkin oatmeal recipe, oh, last year maybe? (thanks again, BTINTERNET!) and have eaten it nearly every day since! Sometimes I might alternative with a cold cereal and a banana. And I've been eating half an avocado smashed onto rice cakes for a snack for so long that months ago I actually bought one of those dedicated gadgets that are the bane of cluttered kitchens -- an avocado-shaped avocado keeper! LOL It does remove one stress from my days, knowing what I'm going to eat for certain meals and tracking the others first thing, while I am having breakfast, most days.

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MARYM1962 5/31/2012 10:21AM

  so logical! - I have to do the same thing to get my blood sugar down. It does not work following a calorie count diet. I have to get one of the diets that tell you how much to eat or what item at what time of day and follow it to the "t" to be able to reduce my numbers. You are correct - consistency = success!

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WRITINGDIVA1 5/28/2012 11:30PM

    Wow, with so many choices, it's a lot easier to get off track! Thanks for the reminder.

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1SPARKLINGSUSAN 5/28/2012 2:51PM

    Awesome, John, and thanks for sharing your "aha" moment! That's definitely some info to think about.

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JEANNINEMM68 5/27/2012 5:25PM

    Sometimes it takes a reminder of how simple things can be. Thank you for reminding me.

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NWFL59 5/26/2012 10:08PM

    Thanks for the reminder to KISS (Keep It Simple Sparker) and that being consistent is a key to success. emoticon

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THATLOANGAL 5/25/2012 10:32AM

  This is timely wisdom, as I embark upon week 2. Just stay on the path, 1 step in front of the other....straying neither to the left of the right, consistency equals success! SIMPLICITY.

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EGGBASKET1 5/25/2012 2:37AM

    THIS IS A GREAT BLOG !!! I REALLY NEED TO FOLLOW AND MAKE "CONSISTENCY" MY BEST FRIEND!!! THANKS FOR THE FORMULA...C=S, I HAVE ADDED IT TO MY DAILY MANTRA. I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND.
MY DAILY MANTRA IS..........

STAY MOTIVATED, DETERMINED, PERSISTENT AND CONSISTENT...NO EXCUSES !!! I CAN DO THIS WITH MY FRIEND "WILL" POWER !!!
C=S ( CONSISTENCY = SUCCESS )

THANKS FOR SHARING !

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/25/2012 1:00AM

    I think I wouldnt mind eating the same thing all meals all the time... I do have the same breakfast every day and yes, it makes it easy.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 5/25/2012 12:40AM

    I have the same breakfast almost every day. I have half a lemon squeezed into a glass of water with a half teaspoon of truvia in it., I have a cup of steel cut oatmeal with about 5 chopped up strawberries and a banana and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or peanut butter) and between 1/2 and 1 cup of milk with it. I have a greek yogurt for a mid-morning snack. My lunches vary a bit and dinners vary, too.

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LISALGB 5/24/2012 9:33PM

    Ah-Ha!! I like the idea of having the same thing for breakfast - or at least a fixed breakfast menu, having certain things on certain days.
Thanks for a great post!!! I'll ponder this for a while.

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JIBBIE49 5/24/2012 8:40PM

    emoticon WOW, you are a STAR. Love seeing you featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor!!! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/24/2012 5:16PM

    emoticon So true!

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JPEARL127 5/24/2012 2:00PM

  Thank you for an uplifting post. I guess you're right, about consistency and its relationship to success. And there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to diet and exercise. We are each unique and thus will always need to tweak any set program or use the Spark to learn and design the program we each need.

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TISTEN23 5/24/2012 11:47AM

    Great blog. Thanks!

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GOING-STRONG 5/24/2012 10:43AM

    Life is full of so many choices and it seems if we try to stay plain Jane that somehow the World judges us s "boring". No we don't have to try every new restaurant in town! I'm with Joan.. stick to the basics. Spark on!

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CAPTAINMORGAN2 5/24/2012 10:15AM

    Consistency has always been my problem, I let myself be easily led astray. I try to eat like my mother did. Always small portions, lots of fruit and veggies, salad, she kept veggies in water in the fridge to snack on, she didn't really like meat but had the sense to realize it has it's place in vitamins etc. so she ate it but never much, her weight never changed and she didn't struggle with it. sigh!! She also loved sweets, especially chocolate but again, it was a small part of her diet so it never caused weight gain. Consistency again. I am trying!! She also never had to take any medication except eye drops well into her 80s. She walked a lot, did crosswords and read all the time. She did it right with no effort at all. sigh! emoticon

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MARCYNA 5/24/2012 5:28AM

    I guess my consistency equals zero, I'm the exact opposite as your wife....too bad for me.....I have to find my way in all this mess.
Anyway I liked your blog - we're all different out here!!! emoticon

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RADAZZLE 5/24/2012 12:51AM

    Wow... yesterday I went to the nutritionist associated with the Bariatric group I go to. And one of the things that I complained about was that, due to the pickiness and various food restrictions of both myself and my husband, I can't make "interesting" and different foods. So your topic sure hit the nail on the head - I'm complaining, but maybe I should re-think how this can be turned into a positive! Consistency! Hmmm!!!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/23/2012 9:44PM

    Great post....

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PEGGY11 5/23/2012 12:47PM

   
Right you are. I am finding it easier now that I have let Sparkpeople plan my menu. I am eating things I have never eaten before eg. black beans on my sweetpotato . It was good. Surprise, Surprise. More beans and nuts, no beef. I don't miss that yet, but it is only two days. I will find out how it is working on Monday night when I weigh in at TOPS. emoticon

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GARNETTS 5/23/2012 9:20AM

  Definitely some good points and something to think about.
Sounds like a lot of us just TRY too hard. Better to just establish consistent habits.

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ELLIE381 5/23/2012 8:30AM

    Your blogs are always great to read. They always make us think. Thanks. emoticon

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JLEMUS1 5/23/2012 8:27AM

    Awesome, Thank you.

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IMEMINE1 5/23/2012 4:46AM

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REGILIEH 5/22/2012 8:21PM

    As always, I loved reading your writings!

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MARIONWARSAW 5/22/2012 12:50PM

  Thanks again for pointing out something I knew and yet always move away from because others tell me I need to try new things. I just need to be consistent and then I will be successful.

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MOMMY445 5/22/2012 12:37PM

    What a terrific blog,John! thanks for sharing and have a fabulous day!

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GINA180847 5/22/2012 12:29PM

    Thank you John for that reminder. Yes, I kind of knew that. My body tends to go to repeating the same thing over and over and then I deviate just a little at a time till it is part of the patern. Where I do go wrong is the fact that my husband wants variety above all else. That makes life so much more work and I get confused. Exercise is always the same and dog walking works so well for me. Belly dancing is NOT in my future, as exciting as it sounds. Right now I have a huge container of bean salad in the fridge and I could just eat that for quite a while. Charlie is going to get something else as he will eat lettuce but not actual salads. See what I mean!!!!

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CICELY360 5/22/2012 11:51AM

  I enjoy reading your journey because you speak for the real people.

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SJKENT1 5/22/2012 9:28AM

    Yes... You are right on target. This is an ahah! for me also. Thanks

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MIMIDOT 5/22/2012 9:08AM

    You are sooo right! Last week I told my friend that I lost weight when I was eating chicken, broccoli, and half a sweet potato for dinner. I usually eat the same things for breakfast and lunch. It's the dinner that has changed. But I never really thought about it.

Thanks for reminding me.

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TARAH85 5/22/2012 8:56AM

    I really like your background, and I think it's great that something so simple as having a routine can be such a powerful motivator of positive change. It's something I'm working on too.

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MRSTABER 5/22/2012 8:47AM

    This is a wonderful revelation! I always eat the same breakfast everyday because I don't have to think about it. This is great!

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CGHARNER 5/22/2012 8:44AM

  Very helpful ah ha moment - some times the simplest idea needs a tangible example


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FARIS71 5/22/2012 8:43AM

    Such a good point. Consistency, habits . . . Thank you!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 5/22/2012 8:28AM

    I read Dr Oz's book You On A Diet many years ago and he brought up the very subject of keeping things simple and consistent. I have followed that advice for the most part and it really does take a lot of stress away. Thanks for the reminder.

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