The question gets thrown at me every now and then: “but how do you stay so consistent?” I laugh, because the thought never really comes up for me. And I guess that’s because consistency at this point feels natural for me. I am consistent with nourishing my body with damn good food for it, and I’m consistent 5 days a week with getting my body moving. I’m committed to both, and so it feels easy to have a sense of consistency in my life. When we’re looking to be consistent, whether that be working out, eating well for what our bodies need, or some other goal in our life, there’s a couple important things to keep in mind.
The number 1 thing that keeps me consistent is when I get results. And no, I’m not solely speaking on behalf of “physical results.” I’ve come to terms with the fact that no matter how consistent I am, my bod may just not be made to have abs. It’s cool – I can do without them.
Rather, I’m talking about how we FEEL after doing something. Let’s face it: we won’t be consistent with something if we don’t feel like we’re getting anything from it. It has to serve us some purpose. Focus on what you’re gaining mentally from doing something consistently. Increased energy? Better ability to concentrate? Feel like a freakin’ queen walking out of the gym? Awesome. Chances are, you’ll probably feel just a bit more inclined to keep doing it if you’re actually getting something positive in return.
Do what you enjoy
How can we expect to be consistent with working out or eating well if we don’t actually enjoy it? Sure, there are days I feel like laying in my bed versus getting my butt to the gym; but, the second I pick up a weight and get moving, I’m reminded again how much I love it.
No one became consistent by doing things that brought no sense of enjoyment. And if they did, damn… that’s not even discipline at that point. That’s just self-torture! Rather than using the excuse that you’re bored with the routine, switch it up. You’re in control here, you call the shots. So, play basketball one day instead versus running on a treadmill. Take a dance class. Whatever you do, boredom isn’t an excuse to fall off the consistency train.
Allow for wiggle room
Consistency begins to feel overwhelming when we establish all-or-nothing thinking. If I make it an absolute obligation to work out 7 days a week OR ELSE everything in life is ruined, then I’m actually setting myself up to fail. No one was ever consistent with a routine or lifestyle that felt unmanageable.
If you don’t think you can get to the gym 5 days a week, then don’t make that your goal. Start off with 4; and then if you happen to get in for a fifth day, great! If not, don’t sweat it. Consistency doesn’t mean being “perfect” at all times; it just means being able to quickly recognize when you may have gotten off track, and then getting right back on it.