5 Tips To Be More Consistent

by Jennifer Boudreau on March 13, 2014

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Consistency is KeyI remember back to the time when I had left home to go to school at Ball State University. In one short semester I had gained at least 15 pounds, if not more. My clothes didn’t fit and all I could wear were sweats. I felt gross! I had created some bad, bad habits that turned into more bad habits.  Considering the fact that I was a health enthusiast, this was very out of character for me… but it still happened. Let’s face it; it happens to most of us at some point in time!

The good news is I was able to rein myself in and gain control. How did I do it? Consistency!

Consistency is the secret to success, period. If I’m lacking success in any area of my life, I can immediately point to a lack of consistency as the culprit. When you’re consistent, magic starts to happen, but you must know that results are not always immediate. You may notice some quick improvements, but true success is hidden in your daily activities that build over TIME!

Here are 5 tips on how to be consistent with your health and wellness goals:

–          Be aware of your mood. This is far more critical to your success than you know. I definitely get the winter blues. BUT, I’m aware of it and catch myself when I’m saying “I don’t feel like working out.” I know it’s just my winter blues kicking in. Once I get my workout in I immediately feel better and I am beyond thankful to myself for not letting me bag my mood lifting workout!

–          Say positive things to yourself, not negative. Self-talk is huge. It can seem corny, but by saying affirming words to yourself, you WILL create progress. If you say “I’m not motivated” then guess what, you just talked yourself into skipping your workout and eating crappy food. If you say “I can do this,” or “I’m worth it,” you are far more likely to stick it out when things get tough.

–          Instead of listening to music or talk radio in your car, listen to personal development CDs. When you take time to develop you, you find yourself being inspired every day. Some of my favorites are Happy for No Reason, The 4:8 Principle and The Compound Effect. There are many, many more. If you’re like me, my car is always LOUD with three kids. So listening to CDs is not always an option. If that’s the case, find 10 minutes a day to read a personal development book.

–          Put your workout and prep time on your calendar. On Sunday night sit down and look at your week ahead. Find 3-5 days where you can squeeze a workout in and write it down in your calendar! Treat it like any other appointment. In addition, pick a day to prep food…without fail! You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, failing to plan is planning to fail. If you don’t have quick, healthy options on hand you will grab something processed. On Mondays I prepare rice, chicken, green beans and sometimes Eve’s Happy Belly Banana Muffins. I’ll also clean any produce that needs to be cleaned. I always have healthy lunch and dinner options available for those days when I don’t have time to cook. Prep, prep, prep!

–          Find accountability. Whether it’s a friend or a Facebook accountability group, find a way to be held accountable. Being able to report you got your workout in or made healthy food choices all day long tends to create success. This will also give you someone to report to on the bad days and their job at that point is to lift you up. It’s a wonderful system! I run a variety of accountability groups. If you want to join one, leave a comment and let me know!

Remember, the more consistent you are the quicker you will create new habits. Once new habits are formed, consistency will become more natural!

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