Eudaimonia Tip # 18 ~ Make consistency your cornerstone of success.
The month of February was somewhat of a wash for me. Besides being tapped Maid of Honor by my best friend (Yay!, and nothing like knowing you have to try on bridesmaid dresses in a few months to motivate the weight loss) my drive to workout has been belabored at best.
That was until a few days ago.
It’s a nagging little word but when taken at its meaning can be transformative. Dictionary.com defines consistency as “steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.”
When it comes to working out, I’ve always struggled with consistency as “life” gets in the way. There are the expected things like vacations, holidays, birthdays, but it’s the unexpected things like my food intolerance resulting in headaches, fatigue and brain fog that prevent consistency from genuinely taking shape.
On the positive side, I’ve been consistent with eating smart, and the few times that I indulged, I was surprised these isolated treats didn’t send me over the edge into the sugar and carb infinity pool. For some reason, I thought that eating clean would bring abundant energy, enough for me to hop and skip my way to the treadmill.
Then I remembered that the hardest part of changing our bodies is the beginning partnership of eating right AND working out. I firmly believe that what we put in our bodies can make or break us, but to see real results movement is required. I pretend that losing weight isn’t that hard. I mean it’s hard, really, really (insert expletive here) hard, but for simplicity sake, it boils down to
Move more. Eat smart.
Notice I didn’t say eat less. Eating smart is finding the right eating path such as Keto, Paleo, Vegan or whatever your flavor and committing through and through. I am a true believer that losing weight is a mindset. If you don’t convince your mind to commit, then don’t expect results any time soon.
So while I have committed to eating smart, I am now committed to move more. It took longer than expected, but for four consecutive days, I’ve visited my treadmill (a.k.a. Tread) and each day we spend more and more time together. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship built on mutual support and understanding.
There is a myriad of things we do consistently. Out of necessity we breathe, eat, brush our teeth, sleep, shower, go to work, pay our bills, do laundry, etc., etc. the list goes on. But it’s the consistency of wanting to improve that will reap the rewards. So when life gets in the way, find a way around it, right back into the steadfast arms of consistency, because that is where real magic happens.