How do I stay consistent?
Have a schedule.
I set time aside to work out. If I don't, it won't get done. I wish I could say, "I LOVE working out." But that's not entirely true. I like working out because of how I feel after. Some days, I get up and do it. Some days are harder. This week, I look forward to the working out because I started a new program Insanity Max 30.
Anyway, if I set aside time, it gets done. It is an important appointment with myself. I also do that with my least favorite chore at home -- cleaning the bathroom. I set a day and time, and commit to it.
Consistent action means my bathrooms will get cleaned, my husband and kid will get fed and have clean laundry, and I will stay fit and healthy.
You need to know WHY you are doing it. Have an objective and a plan so you know where to channel your actions/effort/time/energy. This plan needs to speak to your heart. It must be something you want. Lower blood pressure? Get into your skinny jeans? Go up a flight of stairs without panting? Do REAL pushups? Play with your kid? The more emotionally invested you are in your plan, the more you will remain committed. That means you are more likely to achieve success.
When I started in December 2015, my plan was to be get over the first 21 days. Then I made bolder plans. I planned to be less conscious in a bathing suit for Summer 2016. I am not talking about a teensy teeny tiny bikini. That's not me. I just want to wear a regular modest tankini and bottom out in open where there are real people. Not just me at home, in front of my husband and kid. Guess what? I wore my regular tankini over July 4 beach vacation and I was comfy in it. My other plan -- To be comfortable and not camera-shy when people take a picture of the entire me. I always see my teeny head poking out of a big body. I want to be able to look at a full-length picture of myself and think, "It's ok. I looked ok." I want to be able to look back at pictures of me (with my son, my future daughter-in-law and their kids) and say, "Look at Grandma!! Leggings were SO IN!!!" If I were camera-shy, I will probably balk at someone taking a picture of my thunder-thighs or encased sausage legs.
Staying engaged in challenge groups and various accountability groups I have set up on Facebook helps because I need to be able to tell people, "It can be done!" (Honestly, it totally can be done. Fitness and nutrition isn't rocket science or neurosurgery.) It helps me stick with the plan. My dad is a firm believer in actions. So these accountability groups and challenge groups provide me an outlet to show people what I can do and have done. I am proud of my actions. I am proud that I am up in the mornings to get the job done. (If you would like to join my challenge groups, feel free to comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
How do you stay consistent? Is there something that makes it hard for you to stay consistent? What can you implement today to help you stay consistent?