If you have been following my blog for a while, you will have often heard me talking about the importance of consistency when you are looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. Most of us struggle with it from time to time especially if you have been yoyo dieting for years and have adopted an all-or-nothing mindset!
The trouble with consistency is that life is not consistent, it is not normal to eat exactly the same calories every day. We all have good days and bad days. The one place we can try to nurture consistency is in our mindset! Our attitudes and beliefs form our resilience and therefore shape how we deal with life’s ups and downs.
Often when we talk about consistency we talk about it in terms of what we can do to improve our nutrition and exercise habits. Whilst it is great to talk about introducing habits slowly over time and being consistent, we also have to look at the ones that have caused us to be unhappy with our health! What habits have created the situation you are in? What habits have crept in over time that you practice consistently?
Taking real stock of these habits helps you to put focus on where you need to do the most work. It provides a great jumping off point for those of us who struggle to know where to begin.
One of the biggest changes you can make when you are looking to repair your relationship to food is to look really objectively at what habits that are consistently getting in your way rather than picking on things that aren’t the main problem. For example: I used to feel guilty when I ate a piece of cake. I don’t have a very sweet tooth and never consistently ate cake. It was never going to be the cakes fault that I gained weight. So instead of getting angry with myself for eating the cake I allowed myself to enjoy it for what it was because it was not the culprit!
It’s really important not to pick on every little thing you do unless it is consistently in your life. What is the point? It is not the problem and so picking on it causes you even more problems. You feel guilty and like you aren’t allowed to eat anything at all! Save your strength for the things that you find more challenging to cut back on.
Take a look at the bigger picture of consistency. What is actually getting in your way? What are you consistently good at? How can you be more consistent with the habits you want to introduce? Most importantly, what mindsets can you try to be more consistent with to help you on your journey?
Consistency is absolutely key in what we do for our health but we have to look at it from all sides. Its not just the things we do but the things we don’t do that count!
What aspect of consistency do you find the most difficult when it comes to creating your healthy lifestyle?
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