Consistency is key

So I’ve come to realize something: Any diet will work for you, as long as you believe.

That’s why I can be so gung-ho for the low-carb lifestyle one month and convinced Weight Watchers is the answer the next.

You just have to believe a plan will work, and it will. Once you buy into the plan — completely and wholeheartedly — it’s easy (or at least tolerable) for you to make the hard choices day in and day out.

And that’s what’s really key: Consistency.

When I titled this post, WordPress let me know I’ve reached this conclusion before — another of those lessons I have to learn and re-learn again and again, apparently. It’s not the only one.

I’m not alone. Many, many bloggers tout the importance of being consistent. In fact, I’ve been saving links on the subject for a while now.

Just the other day — in a post that asked “Are You Losing Your New Year’s Motivation?” — Roni put it this way:

You don’t have to live in a world of yo-yo diet cycles anymore, just make good choices every day, and when you don’t, because sometimes you won’t, move on and try again tomorrow. I call it “Stateless Dieting.

In “Just Do It,” the ladies at GoFitGals had this to say:

What we want is for you to find the motivation to stick with it – for your own health’s sake. Take this as a great wake-up call and encouragement to find the strength to change your life. Any little step is actually a huge leap in an area that most of us struggle with.

In her post “Aim for Consistency,” Gabby, from Gabby’s Gluten-Free, broke it down like this:

Consistency breeds results – in the gym, with your diet, and in life. It may seems counterintuitive at first, but allowing yourself freedom from expectations of perfection can help you reach your goals in a big way.

Wish I’d been that wise at 24!

Finally, Glenneth from Let’s Talk and Walk reminded me:

Be patient. Health doesn’t happen overnight.

LOVE that quote. Patience, patience, patience. Small changes, one step at a time. This may be my new mantra.

Mine, too, Glenneth. After all, my blog’s tagline is “Getting to goal, one choice at a time …”

A lot of bloggers choose a single word to set their intentions for the year. I think I’ll give that a shot, too.

So here’s to 2013: My year of consistency.

Consistency Is Key

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