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Consistency = Success

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Yesterday I was thinking a lot about consistency and how it is the key to success. Eat within range and you will lose weight. Simple, right? Then why do I get tripped up all the time emoticon

I guess because life gets in the way. emoticon

I was reading this article this morning on consistency:
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It had these rules to build consistency:
1. Never tell yourself "I'm not motivated"
I typically do not tell myself that I am not motivated. It is more that I am tired or just would rather do something else than exercise or cook dinner.

2. Build momentum one step at a time.
I've found that dealing with my choices in a less specific way keeps me motivated. If I say, today I will eat within range and exercise, I am good. If get too carried away and say I will exercise for xx number of minutes today, it doesn't always happen. Sometimes I get into a workout and it is a real struggle to continue it and other days, I love it and don't want it to stop! Go figure.

3. Always have a plan B
This is not always an easy one for me. Sometimes things come up, especially with my mother, that can derail many of my plans. I try work around them but it doesn't always happen.

During vacation, hubby and I were doing all our food tracking using the myfitnesspal app. While many days we were over our calorie goal, we still tracked it and had fun. We went to Memphis and it was very difficult to find healthy food choices. The only solution was to eat less of something. When we arrived home, we both were up a little but got right back to our normal lifestyle and the weight was gone.

I think I've come to the conclusion that this is a lifestyle. It is not a fad. I won't beat myself up when I slip a bit. There will be ups and downs along the way but in order to be successful, I must be consistent with my choices and actions the majority of the time.
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ENCHANTEDMAMA 8/3/2013 9:54AM

    You're right on about tracking anyway when you're over your calories. I think that has been a key to my success. When I stop tracking I feel like I've given up so it takes me days to get back on track.
I love consistency. It is what helps me reach my goals!!

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DIETER27 8/2/2013 7:19PM

  very true!

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_VALEO_ 8/1/2013 5:25PM

    Building momentum is the hardest for me. Glad that you enjoyed your trip, guilt-free. Ups and downs are part of the game!

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PRINCHESSA 8/1/2013 2:19PM

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MIRMIUM 8/1/2013 11:54AM

    Some great tips here! I find the exact same thing happens to me with planning. If I try and work out the specifics (I will do X video today!) I don't end up doing them but if I leave it open ended (I will exercise today!) I end up doing it!

Go figure!

I would add to your list the need to be disciplined about a routine. I find that when I fall out of a routine, it is always a struggle to get myself back into it. It's hard not to give in to the little voice that wants to let me off the hook for whatever reason but I know that if I give in just once, it will be hard to get back on that horse again.



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LASARRE 8/1/2013 11:22AM

    So true!

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1MANKNEY 8/1/2013 11:00AM

    Thanks for the reminder that vacation is no excuse. And, yes, this is a complete lifestyle change. I know what to do, it is doing it that is so hard!
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MOTHEPRO 8/1/2013 10:28AM

    Very true! Consistency is the most important part.

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GOODEBEME 8/1/2013 9:16AM

  Keep up the good work!

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INSPIRATIONAL3 8/1/2013 9:07AM

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