Posted by Donna R, one of Dustin’s blog contributors
One of the biggest lessons that I have learned in my fit for life journey is that it is more important to be consistent with healthy habits than always being perfect. Before I started doing Dustin’s Fit Mom’s for Life dvds I was always trying to be perfect with my exercise and eating, then when I had a bad day I would just give up. In a few days or weeks I would try again and do good for awhile but then mess up and give up again. This pattern would continue over and over.
For some reason I thought that if I was not perfect I would not succeed and have to start over again the next week or month. Kris talks about some of this same behavior in her blog, you can always start on Monday. Once I started following Dustin and doing the dvds I learned how important it is to just be consistent.
I started by making just a couple changes and working to be consistent with those. At first I just tried to make sure I did some part of the Fit Moms for Life dvd at least 5 nights a week. I became more focused on at least doing something rather than trying to be perfect. Pretty soon it became habit. Then I kept adding new goals to be consistent with. I pushed myself harder, used heavier weights and still kept doing it at least 5 nights a week.
Then I started adding goals for healthy eating. I tried to incoroporate more healthy foods into my meals and snacks. I started making sure that I had healthy food options available at home and planning out my meals. Again just trying to be consistent, not perfect. Now this too has become habit.
By adding changes a few at a time and just working to be consistent I was able to reach my goals. It really has became a lifestyle change not just a short term plan to lose weight.
I’m still not perfect, nor will I ever be, but I’ve found if I concentrate on just being as consistent as I can it makes things a lot easier. It takes the pressure off of trying to follow all the “rules” of any program. Now if I have a bad day I realize it’s just a day and go right back to my healthy habits.
What healthy habits have you created by being consistent?