Posted by: Aniek
When embarking on a journey of health and fitness change – be it positive or negative – there is one common factor that will ensure your success: consistency.
Chances are you have an idea of what you need to do to get some, if not all, the results you want. I’d bet you’ve even made some advances at giving things a go. Lots of people start out with the best intentions on a Monday for five days straight but throw in the towel at the weekend thinking they’re allowed to celebrate their success from the week before. Monday rolls around again and they commit to sticking to the changes from last week once again, even though their motivation has dwindled somewhat (it’s such a lot of effort, right?). Within a month, the changes have gone and they’re back to their old routine. The one that didn’t get them the results they want.
If this sounds familiar, rest assured that this is completely normal. We are creatures of habit and convenience and making change (big or small) pushes us out of our comfort zone. Managing that change on our own is a big task that requires oodles of will power and bundles of determination. It requires us to see things in terms of the bigger picture – “Work was really quite stressful today and all I can think about is drinking wine and eating pizza, but I know it’s not going to help me in the long run so I won’t.”
Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for wine and pizza (I’m all about balance!) but if you’re looking to lose weight and consistently respond to stressors in your life with this response, or one similar, or struggle to take the healthier and harder path when the going gets tough (when socialising/short on time/tired) then you will consistently prevent yourself from reaching your goal.
The biggest takeaway from all of this (no pun intended!) is to STICK WITH IT. Keep going. Consistency is key. Change doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t feel demoralised and give up if you don’t see the results you want after a week of eating better and exercising. The results are there to be realised, if you stay consistent with the programme!