DON’T SLIDE.

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    Confession: I kinda majorly slacked off with my exercise recently.

     

     

    I had been doing so well, too!  I was running at least every other day and doing some other form of exercise in between.  Then the month of August hit and I had all these great goals.  I didn’t write them down {but that’s a post for another day} and do you want to know how many days I’ve exercised in the 23 days of August so far?  8.  That’s only one third of the days this month.  Not great odds.

     

    My point is this:  Don't let yourself slide.  Not even a little.
    It's just not worth it.  Don't quit when you've got a good thing going.

     

    This past weekend on our vacation, we were with my husband’s parents and 4 of his 5 siblings & their families.  I’m pretty dang lucky in the fact that I honestly adore my in-laws and genuinely enjoy the time we get to spend together.  My sis

    ter-in-law and I had a long conversation about consistency one evening.

     

    She shared this quote with me by Jen Paul that says {paraphrased}, “Your results, good or bad, will catch up.  Do something every single day and your results will catch up.”

    This hit me really hard.  I tend to want instant results and gratification.  I want one day of good eating and one kick-butt workout to result in a visible change in my body.  Unfortunately this doesn’t happen and then I tend to give into temptation because what I’m doing “just isn’t making a difference.”

     

    It’s not true though.  I see it all the time.  I’ve seen it in my own life {positively & negatively} and like to forget occasionally that for real change to happen, it takes time.  It takes consistency, day in and day out, and it takes patience-something I’m often found lacking. I had a client who hit a plateau at one point in her TSFL journey.  She weighed the same two weeks in a row, even while daily making the best possible choices in her food and exercise regimen.  I kept encouraging her to keep going, to not give up, and to be consistent.  Sure enough, her next weigh in gifted her a 5 pound loss…and put her below her previous “stubborn stop weight” for the first time in over 15 years!  I have experienced the craziness of working out consistently for 5 weeks and not noticing any change whatsoever and then overnight during that 6th week waking up to a noticeably leaner body.  It happens!

     

    But it can only happen under circumstances of daily consistency.  Making those daily choices and developing those daily habits of exercise-whether it’s 10 minutes of walking or an hour-every single day, no matter what.  It’s the habits of health in our eating, the amount of sleep we get, how we deal with stress, and what we do with our spare time.

     

    I know this, so why do I stop?  I know that starting back up is hard, that I sometimes lose physical progress & have to rebuild, that getting back on track induces a splitting headache {that I’ve had since yesterday morning}, and I’ve been asking myself, “Why didn’t you just keep up your great routine??!”

     

    But, I did get back on track.  And that is really the most important thing.  Because I’d rather be consistent with sometimes falling off and ALWAYS getting back on, then just quitting and consistently spiraling downward.

     

    And hopefully one of these times I will just stay on the consistent bandwagon and not fall off at all.

     

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2 Responses to don’t slide.

  • Candace Nielson wrote on August 23, 2011 at 3:21 // Reply

    I NEEDED to hear this today. I believe what you said and have seen it in my exercise. Unfortunately I really am strugglign with a healthy eating pattern. I too want instant results and gratification and give in too easily. You’re one wise woman Kar who inspires us all. Love ya!

  • TyLeen wrote on August 24, 2011 at 12:34 // Reply

    Karli you are so wise! I have really been struggling with the weight thing…I have felt like giving up because for a month now I have really been watching what I eat, cut all sweets out, and have worked out Monday thru Friday for an hour if not more at the gym and I have lost…count them…2 pounds! Even though the scale is not showing me what I want to see, my muffin top is shrinking, and I have a slight bounce in my step. I totally get it.

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