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Consistency...or lack there of

Thursday, January 31, 2013

My problem, as I see it is my lack of consistency. I am great at starting and I can usually manage to push myself here and there to achieve what I set out to do but I never consistently stick with any plans that I make. I'm horrible at making excuses to let myself off the hook, I'm too busy, it's too cold out, I'm too tired ect. but if I really want to make these changes stick I have to be able to get up and work out or to eat good and stay on track consistently no matter what is going on in my life. I just have yet to figure out how to make myself stick.... I have tried joining challenges here and while it usually helps I'm still not as with it as I should be, I have a weight loss buddy on here but it seems that I'm most often using her to confess my failures (sorry buddy :)) I set myself up a weekly weigh in but it doesn't seem to matter. I've made lists of all the things I'm working towards hung up motivators (fat pics and pairs of old skinny jeans) I want to look and feel good but my efforts always fizzle out before long then I take a break for a week or 2 before I jump back in ready to go with tons of enthusiasm just to fizzle out all over again. This is my cycle that I have been repeating for the last 5 years I cannot keep doing it! How do you break this cycle???!!?!!?!
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JOSIE2013 2/1/2013 2:43AM

    Same story here. I'm hoping that I break the cycle soon though! I guess we all just have to find what works for us, even if it takes us a while. Good luck!!
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KMM1123 1/31/2013 11:51PM

    Don't worry - you're not alone. We've all been there (most of us are still there right now). In fact - there's a bit of behavior science behind what you're going through.

It takes a lot of mental effort by having to consistently make decisions during the beginning stages of forming healthy habits. You are trying to alter your previous habits and/or create new ones and this can be very difficult to do.

That's why it's so hard for people to get healthy habits formed. A lot of people struggle and give up before these habits can create a stronghold in our lives. Luckily though, once you push through those early stages, those healthy habits require a lot less mental effort and decision making. That's what so great about habits and why we need habits in our lives. Habits give our brains a break. Our minds naturally want habits to kick in - and once healthy habits are formed, it will be a lot easier for you to follow them.

I hope that all made sense. I'm currently reading a book all about creating and changing habits and it's really helped me better understand what my mind is going through when I unconsciously reach for a snack. The book's called "The Power of Habits: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business." I'm not all the way done with it but it's giving me some good tips. I think I'll write a blog about it eventually - we'll see though - I'm a HUGE procrastinator. Maybe there's a part in the book where they go over procrastination... hmmm.
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SUZEMARIE73 1/31/2013 3:34PM

    I think the trick may be to just try not to undo all your hard work when your enthusiasm fizzles. Just try focusing on maintaining for that week or two before going back at it. That way you're still always moving forward.

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HANDYV 1/31/2013 1:14PM

    emoticon My thoughts are with you. Sounds oh too familiar to my own life. But it will click and emoticon

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