One thing I’m always saying to my clients: consistency is key. I say it all the time and it trumps everything else, including the intensity of a particular workout that week or 3 days of strict, clean eating. While that tough workout and those good meals still count, if you go the next few days without any workouts and “fall off the wagon” the next day and let the rest of your eating habits fall with it, it doesn’t make much of a difference in your body or habits.
So…consistency. I’ve blogged about this before because I think it’s so vital to living a healthy life not just in the summer months when you’re out in your bathing suit but year around! And, speaking of which, bathing suit season is just around the corner… Hard to believe! While it’s great to feel good in your clothes and be happy in your skin, the bigger issue is your health and fitness – will you be hiking mountains and playing with your grandkids when you’re older or nursing a hip replacement?
I don’t have much in the way of advice to stay consistent (you guys know I’m struggling with consistency in my eating however on-track my workouts might be), but here are a few encouraging tips I wanted to share:
- Be realistic. If you hate vegetables, it might not be realistic to think you’re going to eat them at every meal. But instead of just giving up, find ways to get some in: blend some spinach in a smoothie (I promise you can’t taste it!); throw some veggies into your egg scramble in the morning; use a vegetable powder as a last resort to make sure you get in your greens. In other words, be realistic with your goals and your lifestyle in order to help you stay consistent.
- Do what you can. You might not be able to get 5 workouts a week in, but think about how much better you’ll feel if you get even just three 20 minute workouts in a week!
- Beware the all or nothing mentality. Just because you cave and eat a spoonful of almond butter with some chocolate chips every time you walk into the pantry (what? Just me?) does NOT mean you should throw the rest of the day away and give up your habits. I read a great quote from Jill over at Jill Fit that speaks to this mentality, using part of my favorite phrase:
Consistency is key, so don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
Yes! And that gets at the heart of what I wanted to share in this post: let’s encourage one another to not go too crazy or too extreme but instead to focus on staying consistent in our food and fitness journeys and our lives!
Do you struggle with consistency? Any tips you can add to help us all out? Catch ya later this week with a final review of the SPUD.ca organic juicing business!
Live well & be well,