“If only people understood how important it is to be consistent. Everything that has value in life is a product of consistency. Success, health, fitness, wealth, friendships, relationships, and all other aspirations, are all about consistency” -The Female Hustlers
Well aren’t I just a saint to put a quote about how important consistency is, when I bet you’re here to get the info on how to stay consistent. You’re welcome.
Nah, I’m just kidding, I know consistency is difficult. Have you ever noticed that the small, simple things are the most annoying things to do? I’m serious! Like, I hate getting gas and the mail. Hate it. Why? I have no idea. It’s probably the fact that it really just annoys me so much that I have to take the time to do it.
Anyways, enough about me and the negative hate vibes I’ve got goin on there, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?!
If you’re anything like me, there are certain instances where you’re killing it in the health and fitness arena, and other times where you inevitably slip up *facepalm*. I am here to give you tricks to try so that the slip-ups stop showing up!
1. Being Derailed at Social Events
This one is probably my ultimate hurdle in life. I am such a social eater, it’s ridiculous. I think I have survived one game night with my friends where I didn’t totally lose it with the yummies that were brought. Bravo, me.
If this is totally you, where you are a social eater and just can’t stop, this section is for you! Here are my tips:
- If it’s a potluck, volunteer to plan what should be brought
- Eat before you go, so you’re not hungry when you get there (although this may be a catch 22 if you still find you indulge in the goodies. Watch out!)
- Tell people you’re watching what you eat, and bring something like a fruit or veggie platter (I’m actually surprised that this tips works haha! A couple of my friends were on Whole 30 this last time and it made it so much easier for me not to eat all the sugar)
- If you have no control over what’s being served, load up on the fresh fruits and veggies or other things that aren’t loaded with sugar, carbs, and bad fats (here’s lookin’ at you, pizza)
- Have an accountability buddy–preferably one that is attending the same event as you. There is power in numbers, yo! Believe me
2. Losing All Self Control on the Weekends
Okay. Raise your hand if Friday night is your “free night”, filled with pizza, breadsticks, and everything in between. Our society (and pizza/beer companies) have done such a good job with convincing us that Fridays should be about celebrating the weekend!
Cheat meal, here I come! If you can have a cheat meal on not completely fall off the wagon, then that’s awesome!! You do you boo! Honestly, with this one, I only have one tip to give: plan, and make, your entire weeks worth of food.
When I had a menu and already spent the money on the food, it got made. Maybe purely for the fact that I hate wasting food, it’s a big pet peeve of mine. You can make a special dinner on Friday night instead, and if you’re like “dude, I’m not giving up my pizza”, maybe have that on a different night of the week.
Make it so that you don’t convince your mind that Fridays are free for alls when it comes to meals. Also, get your butt to the gym. I love how empty it is on Friday mornings when I go, but that also means people are phoning it in. Just do it.
3. Falling Off The Workout Wagon
Haha! Read above, where I talk about showing up when others are slacking off. Falling off the workout wagon can be the result of so many different things: believing you don’t have time, being sick, going on vacation, etc.
Let me tell you, I get it. Here’s the thing though–having to start back right where you started, instead of where you’ve progressed to, is a pain in the butt, and it happens so much quicker when it comes to exercise.
Have you noticed that when you take a day or 2 off running because, I don’t know, maybe you didn’t feel like it, you suddenly couldn’t run the 4 miles you were supposed to the next day, for your training program? It’s literally the worst. It makes me want to either fall on the floor crying, or throw things. It just depends on how much energy I have haha
The pro tip here? Just don’t stop. If you’re sick, then yes, obviously take some time off for your body to recover, but if you’re just flat out being a weenie, knock if off! You’re going to regret it in the long run.
Another pro tip for you? If you’ve been out of the exercise game for a while, hire a trainer. I’m not saying that because I’m trying to sell you on training because I am one. I’m saying it because having someone to be accountable to is the number one way to get your butt right back where it should be.
And you don’t even need to be with them that long. It takes like 21 days to make a habit, right? Sign up for a month. Wam bam, thank you ma’am.
Listen, I know that being consistent sometimes sucks. Sometimes, you just want to eat the pizza, and binge watch Netflix instead of eating salads and working out.
Guess what I also know? I know that being in the same spot you were before you started on the weight loss journey sucks. It sucks big time. If you want to keep starting over again because you can’t be consistent, then be my guest. But if you are in it to win it, let’s get it!
I know you can do it, you need to believe that you can do it, too. Prepare yourself, and figure out what your triggers are. Come up with ways to overcome the triggers and get after it!
What are your current struggles with fitness/nutrition? Do you already know what your triggers are? Do you have strategies in place to overcome those triggers? Let me know below, and as always, reach out to me if you need anything in the process. I’ve got you.