Lesson 2: Consistency
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Especially when my (fictitious) body-construction crew took the morning off. I’m definitely suffering from a self-inflicted “pancake wound” (or make that two).
Yes, I caved this morning, because my body was seriously craving carbs!
I had two chocolate chip pancakes that I tossed into the toaster…they WERE “nice and toasty”…and delicious!
On the brighter side, they were ONLY 93 calories a piece! Is that so bad? 😉
But I digress.
This lesson is about consistency. Being “consistent” is one of our keys to weight loss.
So how can I tie “a consistency lesson” into eating two ready-made pancakes?
If I was SUPER-SERIOUS about shedding fat, I wouldn’t be eating two carb-filled cakes that are nestled in my lower abdomen right now, but even though I’m NOT TOO CONCERNED about losing weight this morning, I DON’T want my diet to spiral out of control, so I will pay particular attention to what I eat for the remainder of the day. Consistency and building good habits are ‘the theme’ this morning, also a few ways to make up for life’s little eating sins.
Meanwhile, I am sipping on this cold, natural (unsweetened) glass of iced tea, which is a great beverage for helping keep the weight off.
Cold iced-tea is definitely one of my daily staples. It comes from the earth, and is naturally calorie free.
Conversely, a 16-ounce bottle of sweetened iced tea contains about 180 calories, so it isn’t likely to help you lose weight.
What does consistency look like for you?
Sweetened iced tea may taste great, but I guarantee THAT SUGAR is going to pack on the pounds, and definitely get in the way of your weight loss goals. I know that sounds a little self-righteous, especially coming from someone that just ate two pancakes, but I assure you, I will be good the rest of the day – remember what I said about balance and “finding what ‘works best’ for you!?” ?
These short lessons are about developing habits. Good habits. Consistent habits.
They are NOT about some lose-weight quick routine, that usually ALWAYS ends up failing, BUT I assure you, we will get to the STEPS on how to accelerate weight loss. Right now, think long-term, instead…
“Slow and steady wins the race,” is one of my favorite fitness and lifestyle quotes. That’s what these lesson plans are about…creating a ‘long-term’ healthy lifestyle.
Seriously, why lose 20 lbs. when in 12 months you will pack on 30 more? It just doesn’t make sense. The yo-yo diet effect is also NOT healthy, AND we want those “rock hard” abs to last don’t we?
That’s why consistency is so important. My goal is to always stay within 10-12 lbs of my target weight.
So what are some ways to develop consistency in our lifestyle?
1. Dream big: Visualization is ALWAYS BIG in reaching end goals.
2. Think: Think of all the ‘things’ (daily barriers) that throw life’s balance off scale.
3. Believe: Don’t just fantasize you CAN do this – BELIEVE and follow through with that belief.
4. Pre-plan: Create a mentally prepared plan and PUT the plan into action EVERY TIME a barrier happens. For instance, if I know I’m going to be working late, “how do I squeeze in a workout?”
5. Stick to the plan: Don’t let one little “oh screw this!” moment lead to two, which leads to three, and more.
Inconsistency: Is the #2 roadblock to rock hard abs!