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Monday, July 01, 2019

Time is irrelevant except to measure consistency. I have mixed emotions today. My favorite month of the year is gone with July saying hello to the lazy, hazy days of summer.

That's all fine and dandy with the 4th bringing celebration, barbecues, water parks, lakes, etc., but it also serves as a reminder that August is nearby, and summer soon will be closing its doors for another year.

I'm not an economist, but I hear the term time consistency used by them to explain the situation in which someone makes a commitment to take an action in the future. If the incentive to keep the commitment is the same as the incentive to make the commitment, then the example is time consistent.

As far as our weight loss goals, working at something sporadically will not get us the results we want. When we think of losing weight we get all excited and make a bunch of plans, but then life gets in the way or we run into a road block that makes it hard to stay focused so we stop or get hijacked back into our old habits, creating a standstill in our weight loss or gaining weight again. This happened to me during my spring challenges resulting in what an economist would call time-inconsistent - the commitment is significantly less than the incentive to make the commitment.

So how do we keep the weight loss momentum going?

Stay motivated, focused and invest in the tools and resources here on SP that are best for you. Whatever actions you decide to take for your weight loss commit to doing those actions consistently.

For me, the weight loss challenges help me to focus daily over an 8-week span of time. This being said, I hope as summer draws to a close I will have demonstrated the time consistency principle not in monetary terms, but in weight loss.

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    Great blog :-) I can't believe it's July already - it's so easy to stuck looking forward, as you say, rather than enjoying the now xxx
    111 days ago
    I think about time all the time. emoticon In my profession, the billing goes out according to time spent. Thinking about time as a commodity sure does put a different spin on how you spend it. Sometimes my head sings the song...."Times keeps on slipping into the future." Great blog post.
    111 days ago
    Time consistency is a new term for me. What you write is thought worthy and definitely deserves more research. Thank you for sharing. emoticon
    111 days ago
    GREAT POINTS Gracie!!

    Making a plan and COMMITTING to it are not the same as you said, action consistently is the KEY.

    Of course hopefully no one expects perfection, but progress is emoticon !!

    To not "use" excuses as to be lax, but to use motivation as a PUSHING OFF into the right direction is


    emoticon hon with this blog!! I am looking forward to seeing how we all do!

    111 days ago
    emoticon I'm learning from you! I need to put in practice all that I've learned. emoticon emoticon Best wishes! Happy July.
    111 days ago
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