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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:

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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