No matter what we do in life we will not achieve the success we want unless we work at it daily for months and months.
Health and fitness needs to be a priority in your life and you need to turn it from something you only do when you have the time into it’s just what you do.
There is no easy or one way formula, it’s just about making it work for you and turning it into a lifestyle that you can maintain and enjoy.
The first step is to start by accepting that life isn’t going to be perfect, there is going to be ups and downs, daily distractions craving for your attention, lack motivation, plans won’t always be as straight forward as you would like, a sick child, sleepless night, tantrums etc so it is really important to have a positive outlook and create a mindset of consistency.
Knowing what you can give and make it work for your lifestyle, what your 100% looks like, removes any unwanted stress and allows you to set yourself up for success rather than failure. For example if you are given a program that requires you to commit to exercising 6 days a week when really you can only commit to 3 sessions a week, you are setting yourself up for failure before you begin. If you were told that you had to follow a very strict eating plan and you know that it isn’t achievable for you and it definitely wouldn’t make you happy, you are setting yourself up for failure.
So what is your 100%? What can you give and do, right now? Over time this may change because your priorities change and you start to eliminate things that don’t serve you any longer.
Convenience is also a big factor that effects the consistency of eating healthy and working out. It’s best to get into the habit of preparing your own meals ahead of time. This will eliminate the excuses of buying junk food or fast food because you have nothing to eat. Schedule in your workouts and try and make them flow for example rather than going straight home after work, you do your workout and then head home.
Remember that not everyday will be smooth sailing and go to plan, if you are unable to fit in a workout one day try and be spot on with your eating and hydration. If you mess up with one or two of your meals and indulge, you haven’t ruined your day, just get back on track with your next meal.
So here is a few things to keep in mind:
- Aim to do something every day that will benefit your health and fitness in the long run. For example if you know that today you won’t get a workout in try and be spot on with your eating and hydration.
- Forgive yourself when things don’t go to plan and know that tomorrow is a new day.
- Don’t let a slip up turn into a melt down.
- Avoid the I will start again on Monday attitude or waiting for the perfect conditions – there is no such thing.
A consistent routine will take some time to develop and the beginning is going to be the hardest, make small adjustments and keep trying. After a couple of weeks, you will get use to it and it will get easier and there will come a point where you will not even think about doing it instead you will just do it.
It’s just a matter of convincing yourself and being patient with yourself.