Consistency is Key!
I have lost hundreds of pounds in the course of my lifetime. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I have lost my physical body weight over and over again, only to regain it. You could call me the disappearing and rematerializing woman!
I’ve come to realize that the only way to stay permanently at a slim weight is consistency.
Consistency is way more important than intensity when it comes to weight loss. It’s those small little changes that you make each day that really add up. A few bites here, a drink or soda there, and before long, you are right back to where you were.
Whatever you are trying to do when it comes to fitness, whether its weight loss, building muscle or cardio endurance, it all comes down to one thing:
Consistency plus time = results
So my question to you is this:
What is the mindset that will allow you to never quit again, because quite frankly, if we could all tap into that particular mindset, you would be unstoppable when it comes to your fitness and weight loss goals.
I know what it’s like to get super excited about losing weight and/or getting into your best shape, only to fall off the wagon. So, what I want to talk about is how can we change our perspective so you never quit again and become consistent with your fitness goals.
So without further ado, here are some simple tips which I am planning to use to help me stay consistent.
Become Another Person
I know that sounds impossible, but each one of us have different versions of ourselves. If you are struggling with weight loss or maintenance like myself, you need to become the version of yourself that is consistent. Choosing to identify with the version of yourself that is disciplined and loves to be healthy, will enable that version of yourself to show up and take over. If you start doing the same things that the fittest person you know does, like eating healthy, exercise etc, you will get the same results.
Be Honest With Yourself
As a trainer, with a specialization in fitness nutrition one thing that I would always hear my clients say who are struggling with losing excess fat was
“But I don’t eat very much.”
Rather than argue the fact, I would point out the simple fact that they were still bringing more energy into their body than they needed. It’s science. I have had to come to terms with the fact that I am a small person with very low energy in requirements. In other words by body is very efficient and doesn’t require a lot of calories to keep it running. I can argue all I want, but it’s the truth. It’s not until we get honest with ourselves that we can bring about lasting change.
Know your energy in versus energy out.
Going along with my last point. You have to know how much energy you are bringing into your body, and what it needs. For my clients who said they hardly ate a thing, getting honest with yourself and seeing how many calories you are bringing into your body can be quite eye opening. A calorie is simply a unit of energy. If you bring more energy into your body than you need, that energy will be stored as body fat. If you bring in less than you need, you will lose excess fat.
A simple tip is to download the free app My Fitness Pal, and for one week and track everything you eat. When I say everything, I mean everything. Every sip of coffee, every glass of wine, the ketchup you put on your fries, the dressing you put on your salad. If it’s going to go into your stomach, log it. It might be quite the eye opening. When you realize how much you are bringing in and how much you actually need to maintain or lose, you can better chart your course.
Neuroplasticity is Real
Our brain is like a pathway. Imagine if you will a field of tall grass. No one has ever made a trail through it before, and the first time you decide to walk across that field, it’s a little tough. However each time you go through that field a path starts to form, and before too long it becomes easier and easier to travel that field. It’s the same with our brain. Every time we choose our behaviours, we are making new paths in our mind, or broadening old ones. Our neurons are firing and causing it to be easy to travel down paths that we have been before. When we switch things up and do new things, the brain hasn’t traveled that way before, and it makes it harder at first. However, the more we consistently travel down those neural pathways, we start to etch those new pathways into our brain. We have to make the decision to only travel the paths that serve us.
I hope these simple tips will help you jump start your journey to a fitter and healthier you.
Each one of us has a best version of ourselves, and I dare you to let that version of you step into the spotlight.