Consistency is key

I’ve been a delinquent blogger lately! I swear, I think about blogging on a daily basis, but I feel like I’m barely keeping up with life at the moment. I’m just proud that I make it into work when I’m supposed to be there.

It’s been 15 days of work on the house and the flooring is now in! It took most of the weekend, but it looks incredible and allows us to move forward with some other items. All our kitchen cabinets arrived on Friday and are now waiting to be assembled – yes, by us. Sigh. I was totally optimistic / naive / hopeful and assumed they’d arrive already built. But, they’re from IKEA, so that’s totally not the deal! Kyle thought I was joking. As karma he suffered the first injury of the renovation. It’s totally minor, but visible enough for everyone to ask what happened – and the story is funny. Lesson, don’t mock your wife and her lack of reno knowledge.

We’ve managed to keep our training 100% on track (which is not even debatable at this point with provincials quickly approaching). Which brings me to my point of this post – consistency! You’ve probably heard all the saying, “slow progress is still progress” before. As frustrating as that is, it’s totally true in many aspects, like health and fitness. Losing weight takes time, building muscle takes time…. And consistency to your plan. We don’t gain weight overnight, likewise we won’t lose it after a week of healthy eating and exercise. Being consistent has to carry through the weekends, holidays, being at work, and whatever else tries to steer you off track. It’s tough, there’s no doubt. But honestly, once you make a habit of it, it really is easy.

A key to being consistent is to create a healthy lifestyle overall, and make it a value to you. As soon as you stop looking at it as a temporary piece of your life, it’ll get easier to follow. Also, look at the positives of the lifestyle, not the negatives. If you’re always thinking that eating healthy is “boring” and that you hate working out, you probably won’t last long. There are tons of ways to make good food fun and taste amazing, just as there are countless ways to be active – you just need to find something you enjoy and can stick with.

Make yourself a realistic schedule for exercise and work with a meal plan to guide the quantities and frequency of meals. Having this stuff written down makes it so much easier to follow. Even go as far as writing your workouts in your calendar to hold you accountable!

Keep your goal in mind and stay on track. You’ll be so proud of yourself when you reach that goal, and eager to set a new one. Now, get to it! I promise to do a better job of staying consistent with the blog 😉

About Ashleigh

I'm passionate about health and fitness. I work as a Health Promotion Specialist, a group fitness instructor, and also a coach for physique competitors / weight loss clients. I grew up as a competitive athlete, and have continued with this passion as a Women's Physique competitor. Research and writing is another interest of mine, which I use to share my knowledge with the general public.
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2 Responses to Consistency is key

  1. Raine says:

    Great blog Ash! So glad you wrote about something I was thinking about as I woke up this morning. My first thought was “wow, I love my job….I get to head to the gym in 2 hours, life couldn’t be better”, 2nd thought “wonder where Ash has been, I need my motivator to give me a push in motivation”, 3rd thought “I should get up an take out chicken to thaw so when I get home this afternoon, I don’t grab something I’m not supposed to grab, but rather something that is “consistent” with how I like living my life….healthy & strong!”

    Thanks for writing, it’s proof that my intuition is still on track 😋 and that my journey is….well a “journey” 👯

    Raine

    • LOL! Thanks 🙂 I’m truly going to try and be a better blogger because I really did miss doing it that week.

      Awesome job at staying on track, it’s so easy to talk yourself out of it sometimes! It’s like going to the gym, sometimes the hardest part is getting there. Once you start prepping / cooking, it’s easy and you’re always so happy you choose to do it. XOXO

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