Consistency - my plan for 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The first thing I did was refresh my memory of the definition of consistency:
con·sist·en·cy [kuhn-sis-tuhn-see] noun, plural -cies.
1. a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: The liquid has the consistency of cream.
2. steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
3. agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.
4. the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.
Well, #3 stood out to me as my initial problem. Although I would create a detailed exercise & eating plan, I wasn't addressing other outside influences that affect my lifestyle & therefore my exercise routines. For example, between work, night classes and homework & packing up a house with 50 years of life packed in it leaves me with precious little time. I wasn't allowing for these outside issues. I was always saying "you just have to make the time to work out 5x a week...PERIOD" ...which hasn't worked.
Also #2 stood out. I wasn't living all aspects of my life with the same principle of "Eat Healthy, Be Healthy, Look & Feel Healthy" At work, I feel pressure from my bosses not to take my lunch break, at home I want to reward myself for accomplishing my daily chores with food, and I want to sit on my butt and veg out with any spare time I do have instead of feeling motivated to take that time to get some exercise in. None of this is consistent with the overall principles of how I want to live my life, so again, I have some serious adjusting to do.
So 2012 is going to be the year of consistency...my plan for sparkpeople is SIMPLE!!!! I will log in daily and track my activity. This isn't about anything other than staying mindful of my goals and keeping a record of when I follow through on fitness goals and when I don't.
I am being realistic about how much time I have to exercise over the next four months, so I am reducing my exercise plan & reducing my weight loss expectations. I will be happy to lose slowly and gradually while I have so many other issues at hand. Let me be clear, I will still work out, I will still do my best make healthy food choices, but I will not be killing myself to meet some work out schedule that no longer fits into my lifestyle. It has taken me a long time to recognize that I cannot make weight loss my number one priority anymore, but I can certainly still work towards it in a manner that is more consistent with my currently "insane" schedule. I am done with overwhelming myself with mental demands and expectations...i am going to expect less and with any luck be able to "squeeze in" more. I am just tired of the anxiety of trying to fit it all in and then the mental bashing when I fail to do what felt impossible to begin with!
I also have to accept that consistency was always a huge problem for me, the expectation of the simplest thing...like being at work ontime...is an almost impossible task. I am tackling consistency on many fronts other than my physical health, as it is the one thing that will add the most value to all aspects of my life.
You will see me around more, even though I may not have time for much blogging or commenting...I am here and I am working it out.