Consistency

Are You Consistently Inconsistent?

Think about this quote for a second:

You are what you repeatedly do.

Such a great quote to take to heart in so many aspects of our lives. As I was speaking with a client recently, they were complaining to me about how they just can’t seem to get their “flabby arms to go away” and how they “couldn’t burn the fat around their stomach.” As we started talking, right away I realized what the problem was.

For one, this person rarely worked out and when they did, they spent much of their time jogging on a treadmill (big mistake). Secondly, when we started talking about diet they quickly admitted that it wasn’t the best.

Now there is no wonder this person was struggling to lose fat and gain lean muscle. Sure they were being consistent, but in the completely wrong way. They were consistent by being inconsistent with their workouts and nutrition plan.

They were consistently inconsistent!

This is a recipe for disaster but is also some very good news for all of us. Who’s to say that you can’t turn those bad consistency patterns into good ones? Patters that lead you to doing the right workouts and eating the right foods, consistently.

If you look around the gym at the individuals that are in the best shape, what are a few things you notice?

During our interview with super ripped model Leon Rosborough, when asked ‘What advice would you give others just starting on their fitness journey?’, he said:

“Figure out your goals before you start… And most importantly BE CONSISTENT!!” (his emphasis).

Leon RosboroughJust by looking at Leon, you can tell he knows what he is doing. He said the most important aspect of getting fit was being consistent. When you think about it, this makes complete sense.

When you want to start waking up earlier, what do all the experts say? “Wake up at the same time every single morning.”

Or when you want to start changing a habit, what do the experts tell you? “Do it everyday for at least 21 straight so the habit sticks.”

Consistent, consistent, consistent.

As I was reading an article the other day, it was discussing how we can change our habits to be more productive and get more done each day. Towards the end of the article, the author stated

“When a habit is solidified, it actually becomes more difficult to not do the task, than to do it.”

Think about that, once a habit is ingrained, it will be more difficult NOT to do it than to do it. It becomes natural, a part of who you are just like brushing your teeth, showering in the morning, drinking your coffee, etc.

I know that the individuals who workout consistently, they find it difficult to miss a scheduled workout. If they workout Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and have to miss one of those days, that is difficult for them because those days are habit for working out.

The same goes with healthy eating. Consistently eating healthy is the best and fastest way you will get in shape. That is why I find the cheat day diet to work so well. You have a consistent pattern on when you are eating healthy foods and when you are eating your junk foods.

As humans, we are creatures of habit.

And just as we may have formed the bad habits of of working out inconsistently or eating unhealthy, this also shows us that we can turn that around into consistent workouts and healthy eating.

Yes, it will take hard work but it will be worth it. To start, here are a few simple ways you can get started on being more consistent on your health and fitness journey:

1. Have set workout times:

Plan out when and exactly what time you will be going to the gym each week (I recommend 3-4 days a week). Have a set plan with workouts in place including the exercises you will do, and the number of reps, sets, rest periods, etc. When first starting out, I recommend working out at the same time each workout. For example, if your a morning person, workout at 6AM on workout days.

2. Make a plan:

Plan out your meals, workout times, cheat days, rest days, etc. Everything that you can plan, do it. This will make it easy to stay on track. The more prepared you are, the easier everything will be.

3. Track everything:

Keep a workout and food log. A workout log will ensure that you are getting your workouts in and will make sure you are getting stronger each and every workout. A food log is helpful because it will show you where you may be slipping up on your nutrition plan. Your food log does not have to include counting calories or worrying about grams of protein, fat, or carbs. Simply writing down the foods you eat works just fine. When you are eating the right foods, when you are hungry, and until you are satisfied, there is no reason for you to count calories. 

(For more information on nutrition, check out some of the articles found HERE!)

4. Be consistent:

Obviously! That is what this article was about, right? As a reminder, be consistent with everything you do especially early on. The more consistent you are in the beginning, the faster you will form habits!

Consistency forms habits, and habits are what we become. As Sean Covey says,

We become what we repeatedly do.

To end, I would like to leave you with one last quote. This one from Mahatma Gandhi:

Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.

Powerful.

Make today, this week, this month, and this year count. Be different. Start now on changing what needs to be changed. There is no better time than now to start, so what are you waiting for?

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