“How do I stay consistent with my diet and exercise?” is one of the most common questions I get. This post will attempt to answer that question.
However, I’m going to answer that question by sharing why we sometimes don’t stay consistent. Something that is all too common amongst us “dieters”…
First off, us MBT-ers know that getting the body we want and being healthy and fit is about 3 things: Eating right. Exercising. And doing those two things consistently.
Unfortunately, as we also know, it’s the consistency part that’s so hard.
Besides the usual culprits like rationalizing, procrastinating and justifying – consistency is so hard because it can feel so booooring.
Variety is the spice of life, right?
Not in our case.
In our case, consistency is the spice of life! (Am I corny or what?)
And because consistency can get boring we tend to bounce from one fad diet to the next, always in search of the newest fad diet, instead of focusing on what actually works.
We all know deep down, the secret to success is —–> doing the right things over and over and over and over again. And doing the right things over and over and over and over again. And doing the right things over and over and over again.
No matter what diet we follow, or what ‘magic pill’ we take (they don’t exist!), or what the ‘magic food’ of the moment is, if we want to be successful, eventually, we’re going to have to do the actual work.
And the actual work means eating right, and moving more…consistently. (Easier said than done, of course. And no, that’s not meant to be self-serving. It’s the brutal reality we all face.)
Unfortunately, there is no escaping this. I repeat: We can’t escape the work if we want results.
While the majority of people are searching for the “latest and greatest fad diet” we’re doing the right things day in and day out. While the majority of people are searching for the “new and shiny diet” we’re making it happen week after week.
Once in a blue moon, a client will ask me if I get bored of what I do. “Don’t you get bored of reading my reports?”
It’s an honest question.
The answer is heck no! Because I know each report will lead us one step closer to where we want to be. Each report is a critical part of this journey. Every meal counts. Every workout counts.
What really drives me, and what I really love, is the thrill I get when you email us and say “Damn! This is really working!” “My pants feel so loose!” “I hate you because I have to buy new clothes!”
THIS is what I live for!
Because I know we can’t escape the discomfort we have to endure, we just can’t.
Here’s what I mean:
Change by nature is uncomfortable. If we’re doing the same things we used to do, we’re not changing and therefore we won’t feel any discomfort. In other words, discomfort is our compass. Discomfort means we’re doing things DIFFERENTLY, and therefore getting closer to where we want to be. Nor can we escape the day to day consistency, which isn’t sexy whatsoever – even though, it’s ridiculously effective.
It’s so easy to avoid the inevitable which is being consistent and sticking with a sensible eating and exercise plan. I know (in fact, I’m convinced – though I’m admittedly biased) daily and personal accountability and support is what makes ALL of the difference. It makes the discomfort – dare I say – a lot more comfortable.
No one said it’s easy. Nor sexy. But it’s certainly doable.
Ask anyone who’s pursued anything worth doing —-> (usually, things that are hard to obtain or else it wouldn’t be worth all that much nor would it be inspiring) — and they’re certainly convinced it’s worth it.
(By the way, I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than our health and fitness.)
So let’s embrace the consistency for today and this week.
And when it feels a little boring, that’s our time to lean in even more and make more change happen. Because like our moods, we have ups and downs. And when we’re up, it feels easy.
But when it’s easy, we quickly forget about the inevitable downs that 9.9 times out of 10 knock us off our tracks for good.
And that’s when most people go back to their old ways and then start something else and repeat the cycle over and over again.
But not on my watch. Oh no. Not on my watch.