The SECRET To Success – CONSISTENCY and TRACKING
Everyone thinks there is some secret to being healthy. And there is…being able to be honest with yourself.
Being honest with yourself about how consistent you truly are at sticking to your diet and exercise program.
I know I harp on CONSISTENCY and TRACKING as being the keys to success ALL THE TIME but they truly are.
There are a bazillion different diets and exercise routines that can work for people.
And honestly the problem isn’t generally the diet…It is the person.
Often when people fail it isn’t because the diet was bad, it is that they don’t truly stick to it – they aren’t CONSISTENT in eating clean.
We all know that one cheat meal isn’t going to make a huge difference yet we expect one clean meal to create huge changes.
But one meal isn’t going to change things. Habits change things. Doing the right thing day in and day out changes things.
That doesn’t mean you have to be perfect every day. It just means that you consistently actually have to STICK to your healthy habits.
All you have to do is be good 80% of the time.
Often people confuse CONSISTENCY with PERFECTION, but they are nowhere near one in the same.
Stop making excuses as to why your diet isn’t working and take a look at whether or not you are actually sticking with the program.
I can’t stress enough the importance of tracking your progress and your diet and exercise program. When we track, we have to be HONEST with ourselves about what we are actually doing.
We can’t ignore that “cheat,” that skipped workout. We can’t just say, “Oh I was pretty darn good yesterday” and forget about the fact that we weren’t at all consistent over the last week.
Tracking shows us the cold hard facts. It let’s us know if we are actually doing what we are supposed to be doing.
So even though keeping a food log is a pain in the ass…yup that’s right…I said ASS…It may just be what you need to help you get on track to accomplish your goals.
It will show you that it may not be the diet that is failing…It may be your CONSISTENCY!
Try it this next week. Log your food in an app like Spark People or My Fitness Pal. See if you are as consistent as you believed you are.
Posted on January 19, 2014, in Mindset and tagged dieting consistency, food diary, health and fitness goals, keeping a food log, workout motivation. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Great points. Tracking has helped me immensely.
Yep and yep, yep, yep. All huge points here. Just wish we could bottle up those accountability elements (which mixed together make progress) and let people sample it beforehand. The progress sells itself, but you have to get some in order to build momentum. Slow and steady wins the race!
So true…It is the patience that is the hard part.