The only way you will see results is if you stay consistent
I read a quote recently and it resonated with me on so many different levels. As a nutritionist and yoga instructor I place emphasis on using food and physical activity to heal and restore the body. The quote is by Yung Pueblo and reads
there is no mystery to the miracle of self healing; it is courage, commitment, and consistency that moves us from misery to inner peace
Courage. Commitment. Consistency. Allow those words to sink in for just a moment.
It takes courage to make a change. Commitment is a must if you want to succeed. And consistency is necessary if you want to make long-term change a reality. Consistency is the one element I am going to focus on today because it is the one thing my clients struggle with the most.
At any time you want to successfully make a healthy change, such as weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, maintaining blood sugar, or to live a happy and healthy life…you need to be consistent. Today, I have 5 tips to become consistent and meet you goal.
Tip #1: Understand your WHY. Why do you want to reach this goal. Why are you losing weight? Is it to lower your glucose levels or to reverse heart disease? Are you losing weight to live a healthier life and reduce your risk of illness? Do you want to become physically stronger and have less body fat?
Whatever your why may be…make sure you understand your why. Have a clear idea of why you are striving to lose weight or become healthy. And make sure you are doing it for YOU.
Tip #2: Don’t reach for the stars…just yet. That’s right. I know you have a BIG goal in mind however you can’t start at the finish line. You will not lose weight by cutting ALL unhealthy foods from your diet all at once. By doing so, you will set yourself up for failure every. single. time. Instead, start small. Glimpse at the stars.
Have you heard the saying “slow and steady wins the race”. It’s true, my friend! To lose weight you need to start with one small goal. Perhaps your first goal is to omit processed grains. Instead of eating cereal for breakfast, have an omelet or a bowl of steel cut oats with berries. Ditch the sandwich and opt for a lunch bowl that includes grains, veggies, and chicken.
Once you get accustomed to life without processed grains, you move on to your next goal. You may want to cut out dairy products since they contain saturated fat and excess calories. After you master that goal move on to eliminating sugar. And keep going until you can reach for the stars.
You are more likely to succeed if you focus on one thing. Research shows that humans have limited capacity to maintain will power and discipline. If you try to accomplish too much at one time you will become overwhelmed, bored, and unsuccessful.
Tip #3: Schedule it! How many times have you said “I did not have time to make dinner so I grabbed something on my way home”. I know…I know…I have said it plenty of times, too. It is a good idea to schedule your priorities.
I schedule time to go to the gym. Literally! If you could see my calendar you will see that I block off time every day to take a yoga class, go out for a run, or hit the gym.
I create a weekly nutrition plan that outlines what I will eat throughout the week. This provides a list of foods I need to pick up at the grocery store and ensures that I always have healthy options available. And, I make enough food for leftovers for the next day. Hey, I am a busy gal and eating healthy is a non-negotiable for me. I will not negotiate healthy choices. I WILL make healthy choices each week and planning ahead makes this a reality.
I make time to prepare so that I don’t run out of time to be healthy
Tip #4: Ignore the self-chatter. You know…that little voice in your head that says, “oh yes, order the fries as your side”. Internal self-chatter can distract you from achieving your goal. Self-chatter is a way to sabotage a good thing. We all do a great job convincing ourselves that one scoop of ice cream is okay…
…it’s fine…you can hit the gym tomorrow
…no worries…you will start your new diet on Monday
…oh yea…one more round of cocktails is a great idea…well, it may be a great idea…except for the extra 200 calories that is likely to accompany that cocktail….
Shut that voice down!!
Self-chatter is a buzz kill. Maybe not in the moment but later on you will regret that you listened. Self-chatter steers us off-course. This is where willpower comes into play. Willpower will override the self-chatter so that you make healthy choices. You just need to call up willpower any time that self-chatter gets in the way of your goal.
Tip #5: Forget the “Go Big or Go Home” mentality. You don’t have to go all-in. This is not an all or nothing mindset. When you feel you need to go all-in, head on back to Tip #2 and remind yourself that small, realistic goals will get you to the finish line.
Most importantly, if you hit a road block, or a hiccup, or a speed bump…whatever knocks you off your course…who freakin’ cares! Pick yourself up and get back on that horse. Don’t expect to get it all, right now, go-big and just coast your ass to the finish line. No way, my friend!! That would be way to easy…and that only happens in the movies.
Expect the unexpected. Do your best. Stay determined. And, don’t forget that change takes courage, commitment, and consistency.
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I am going to leave you with one more quote…
Success does not come from what you do occasionally– it comes from what you do consistently. -Marie Forleo
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