What do when you feel bored with this whole consistency thing
Us MBT-ers know that getting the body we want and being healthy and fit is about 3 things: Eating well. Exercising. And doing those two things consistently.
As we also know, it’s the consistency part that’s so hard.
One of the reasons why consistency is so hard is because it can feel so booooring.
And because consistency can feel 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 (acai berries anyone?), if we want to be successful, eventually, we’re going to have to do the actual work.
And the actual work means: eating well and moving more…consistently. (Easier said than done, of course. And 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.
The challenge in all of this is we can’t escape the discomfort we’re going to face if we want results.
Results come from change. Change = discomfort.
Here’s what I mean:
If we’re doing the same things we used to do, we’ll keep on feeling and looking the way we always have. We also won’t feel any discomfort. Why? Because we’re doing what we used to do. We’re doing what’s comfortable to us.
If we’re doing things differently, it’s going to feel uncomfortable. Why? Because we’re doing what we’re not used to doing. And because we’re not used to doing it, it’ll feel uncomfortable to us…until it becomes our new normal.
When we feel uncomfortable it means we’re doing things differently. It means we’re changing. It means we’re getting closer to where and who we want to be.
Hence, discomfort is our compass.
We can’t escape that. Nor can we escape the day to day consistency, which isn’t sexy whatsoever – even though, it’s ridiculously effective.
It’s so tempting to avoid the inevitable which is being consistent and sticking with a sensible eating and exercise plan in favor of the fad diet of the month.
No one said it’s easy. Nor sexy. But it’s certainly doable. (This is why 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.)
Ask anyone who’s pursued anything worthwhile —-> (usually things that are hard to obtain or else it wouldn’t be all that valuable) — and they’re certainly convinced it’s worth it.
I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than our health and fitness. I can’t think of anything that impacts our life more than how we feel about ourselves. And a big part of how we feel about ourselves (like it or not) comes from how we look and how we think we look.
The solution is to:
a) accept that we can’t escape the work if we want sustainable results. [This is harder than it sounds. Your brain will constantly try to convince you that there’s “one magic pill” still out there. When this happens, catch yourself. Our brains are designed to seek pleasure and avoid discomfort. Consistency and sticking with something can be uncomfortable at times. Starting the “new thing of the month” can be pleasurable…until it wears off and we’re back at square one. This is why it’s worth re-reading the first sentence of this giant paragraph! :)]
b) accept that there are times that it’s going to feel boring. Such is life. There are highs and lows. The question is what are you going to do when you’re in a low? What are you going to do when you feel bored? My suggestion: Embrace it. Realize that it feels boring for everyone at times. Yes, myself included!
When it feels a little boring, that’s our time to lean in. Because like our moods, we know we have ups and downs. When we’re up, it feels easy. When it’s easy, we quickly forget about the inevitable downs that knock us off our game. That’s when most people go back to their old ways and start something else and repeat the cycle over and over again.
But not on our watch. Oh no. Not on our watch.
P.S. Of course feeling and seeing progress/results isn’t boring. It’s thrilling! Nothing tastes as good as being healthy and fit feels. I know some of you may roll your eyes on that one. You’ll think I’m crazy until you truly feel what it feels like to be strong, empowered, and in control. There’s nothing like it. The best part? That feeling / attitude spills over into every other area of your life. The sad part? Many people quit before they ever feel that. Why? It’s easy to start a diet/exercise plan. It’s hard to keep on going with it. This is where MBT can help.