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Consistency

Monday, February 03, 2020

I've been working on my new lifestyle for one month now. You know, the one that will allow me to be around for my family and allow me to grow old with my wife. I've done this all before and not going to make excuses for what derailed me in the past. I am however trying very hard not to burn with so much vigor that I exhaust myself in pursuing it.

Every time I have started this program in the past (with some huge results at times), I would preach to myself and others the importance of consistency. I am doing the same thing this time, but my definition of consistency has changed. In past attempts consistency meant to me that:

a) I had to consistently choose the best nutrition and stick within my calorie range at all times
b) I had to workout 5-6 days every week and continue to increase in duration and/or intensity to be successful.

I found this mindset completely unsustainable. I am taking another approach this time. I am still striving for consistency, but my core understanding of the concept has changed. It is one of the reasons that I believe I will be successful this time. I now look at things this way:

a) I have to be consistent in attempting to make good choices regarding my nutrition and calorie intake. This means however that I make those good choices more often than I make the bad ones, but I will not punish myself when I do make bad choices.
b) I have a goal to workout at least 5 times a week, but I let my body decide when it can handle more time or effort. I also will not punish myself on the days that I wake up and decide that I need to go back to bed. I will make the good choices more often than I make the bad ones.

The key to this new mindset for me is that change takes time and consistency means loading the good side of the scale with more victories than I put defeats on the bad side. Progress will be slower, but I believe that it will become more of a habit than a diet/exercise plan meant simply to reach a goal. And from a habit a lifestyle will emerge. I didn't get to where I am overnight and I'm not going to reverse this overnight either.

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