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Is it consistency or a rut?


Saturday, September 01, 2012

So, I'm pondering if I should be patting myself on the back for consistency or trying to change it up a bit because I'm in a rut.
Everyday, I do my yoga and go for a walk. emoticon
Every breakfast is a Larabar and a piece of fruit later. emoticon
Every lunch is a big chopped salad or sandwich w/ veggies. emoticon
I even have a system now for dinner: Monday beef, Tuesday Mexican, Wednesday soup/chili/stew, Thursday eggs, Friday fish, Weekends leftovers and grilling (in winter, I think it'll turn into Crock potting or roasting!)
I used to be totally spontaneous, which I kind of miss. I used to try all sorts of new workouts, trying to find the ones I liked best - which was fine, but grueling. emoticon
Having a plan every day has also made it possible for me to take evening classes in stock trading and nutrition. That counts as spontaneous and trying new things, right?
So, I guess I like my rut. It works. I feel good after my usual yoga class and a walk and I like not wasting time in front of the fridge trying to figure out what to eat after a long day at work. emoticon

How about you? DO you constantly change it up or do you have a system that works for you even if it's "consistent"? emoticon
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ATTACKFATCAT 9/1/2012 3:32PM

    Sometimes routine is what you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I'd say unless your weight loss (or inch loss) starts slowing down dramatically (like over 2-4 weeks), then keep with what you're doing as long as you are happy with it. If you feel you are in a rut, then change it. But if you like your routine and it works for you, then that's awesome :)

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BARBARASDIET 9/1/2012 1:01PM

    It's rut if you do it mindlessly and for no good reason other than it is.....yours is consistency, so a good thing.

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EMMANYC 9/1/2012 11:16AM

    I'm pretty consistent about certain things. I eat the same breakfast every weekday morning (my favourite cereal) and the same post-workout brunch treat (Chipotle burrito bowl) almost every Saturday or Sunday. My workouts are also fairly routine (some combination of running, walking and elliptical trainer for cardio, plus ST every other day).

I think that if it suits your personality, having a routine for something activities (food, workouts) in your life is helpful. (It won't work for everyone but it suits some people, like you and me.) But ...

On the workout front, your body will get accustomed to, and more efficient at your workout, so that over time you'll burn fewer calories doing the same thing. So you might want to consider mixing things up a bit by varying the intensity and length of your workouts. For example, have you considered adding a little bit of running to your walks (if not now, maybe a few months from now)? You don't have to switch over exclusively to running. But even something like doing 30 seconds of jogging every 5 minutes could make your workout more challenging. Or if you really don't want to try running, you can increase the speed or intensity of your walks by adding hills, picking up the pace in intervals (e.g., regular speed for 3 minutes, then 30 seconds at a fast pace, then back to 3 minutes at regular pace etc).



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CHICCHANTAL 9/1/2012 11:08AM

    If I could stick to something like that, I would find things easier I think. Unfortunately I'm self indulgent and I get bored with routines and always want something different.

If the above works for you, I'd stick to it!

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