Monday, September 24, 2012
Tracking my calories - good and bad - is not my problem.
Water - I get plenty.
Consistency - that's my biggest hurdle! With exercise, give me 2 good hours on Saturday mornings and I can get my mileage in with the best of them! Give me a full lunch hour and I can clock a couple of miles with no worries and still have time to eat my lunch. Protein like exercise now there's an issue! and as my schedule gets more hectic, staying consistent with my exercise is a problem - a big problem... not matter how many calories I count, without the exercise, my weight loss ceases. And without protein, my exercise suffers
I did a Spark search and found the following article - 3 Simple Ways to Build Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/res
Now while this article focuses on exercise, I think it also speaks to nutritional inconsistency as well.
Rule #1: Never tell yourself “I’m not motivated.” The choice is mine, not anyone else's. I look in the mirror or at a recent picture and I'm motivated! Yup, protein consistency. Getting that minimum may mean using a protein supplement - I add protein powder to a morning smoothie to get extra protein.
Rule #2: Build momentum one step at a time. Okay, my lunchtime 1-mile minimum is one step. My next step was to add evening workouts 10 minutes at a time - every day. No excuses. For the protein consistency, adding small increments to each meal or snack will get me beyond that minimum level I want to beat, not just occasionally, but daily.
Rule #3: Always have a plan B. My mileage is dependent on the weather, so I need to stayed consistent on biking or strength training when its inclement. That's why I bought the thing after all! Plan B for protein - Luna Bars or Protein bars - skip some treat I had planned and add a high-protein snack. Beans, I know are good sources of protein, but I'm not a big bean fan, but I'm willing to learn! Alternatives, right?
I'm doing something right, or I wouldn't have lost 40 lbs, right? Surely, I can find the motivation, build the momentum and be prepared for the unexpected as I progress toward my ultimate goal!