Let me begin by saying this isn't going to be your conventional advice of "pack your gym bag before work!" or "leave your workout clothes out where you can see them!" While establishing these supportive habits can be beneficial, there is often some deeper stuff under the surface that's preventing you from really giving it your all.
But to fully be able to stay consistent, we have to know what's preventing us from doing so in the first place. Here are some reasons why you might not be showing up consistently in your training & diet:
#1. You simply don't prioritize it.
Maybe you just don't care enough. Usually when this happens, you haven't established why it's important to you. Alternatively, you might just be too damn comfortable where you're at without a strong enough reason to change (think teenagers who eat like crap because they don't see the ramifications of their actions later on in life).
Your fitness/diet routine might not feel good where it's at, and you struggle to prioritize it because it just sucks. This usually happens when somebody else forces you into some sort of routine that you felt you had no say in.
You don't believe you can actually do it this time around. Hey, why prioritize it when deep down, you don't think you'll make it through to begin with, right? Perhaps you've "failed" before one too many times, and you're just burned out on this whole "diet and exercise" thing. You know it's important so you try, but it's still kind of a half-assed attempt (and you know it).
And lastly, you might not think you're worth the investment of time, energy, or even money or resources. You put everybody before yourself. Dedicate 30 minutes to yourself a few times a week? No, way. You've got other people to put before you.
#2. You have high expectations.
Maybe you get discouraged too quickly if you don't see instant results. Because we're told that it's reasonable to lose 30 pounds in only 4 weeks, right? And still be able to eat all our favorite foods. (If it's too good to be true, it probably is....)
Or you go too hard, too fast with the expectation that you'll be able to maintain your three times a day juicing habit of only organic produce + exercising 6-7 days a week + not touching another chocolate anything ever. Life happens, so getting too crazy into the health hole will only lead you disappointed.
You might even start to compare yourself to others, feeling inadequate to their successes. When in actuality, there's a lot of fake crap on the internet and their story might be completely different from yours.
And lastly, you might attach yourself to the outcome to the point where your expectations overcome all of the smaller breakthroughs you make along the way. We often think we can control the outcome, but we truly can only control our actions leading up to it. When we don't get that expected outcome, it's easy to not want to stay consistent.
So now that we know what's going on, how do we re-mediate it?
By approaching it from a completely different perspective. Meaning, we need a radical shift in your mindset. That needs to be addressed EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Until it becomes a natural part of your core being.
We need to shift how we perceive movement & nutrition.
I think we can all agree that moving regularly, building our body to be stronger and healthier, and consuming high-quality, nourishing foods, is a very high form of self-care. It's essentially giving your body the very basics that it needs to thrive. To stay as young, healthy, able, mobile, & pain-free as possible. We are taking deep care of ourselves every time engage in movement (strength training, yoga, walking, mobility work, etc.) and eat nourishing foods.
It's not just a matter of prioritizing your exercise.
It's not just a matter of staying consistent with exercise.
It's a matter of prioritizing yourself.
It's a matter of consistently showing up for yourself, day after day.
We have a warped concept of "self-care" because we mistake it with "self-indulgence". Self-indulging is giving in to bad habits that keep us stuck, but feel good momentarily. It's "pseudo self-care". True self-care is prioritizing the things that truly make us thrive as a being, and that could be physically, mentally or spiritually. Self-care might be a guilt-free nap to restore your thoughts. It could be meditating or tuning into your spiritual source (God, Universe, etc) to connect to a higher power. It could be eating a nourishing meal of fresh, wholesome foods and actually taking your time to eat it slowly with awareness. It could be engaging regularly in a weight lifting program that you know will help you become or maintain a strong, healthy, relatively lean and able body that can bend, lift, squat, push, press, run, and all of the other incredible things we can build the capacity to do.
At a deeper level, self-care comes from self-love.
If you lack self-love or self-respect for yourself, you won't regularly engage in true self-care. You will consistently prioritize everything except yourself. And that's a fundamental issue with your mindset, and how you perceive your worth.
If you were hoping for an easy answer, I apologize. But to give you an answer of "well just put it down in your calendar" or something to that extent can only get a person so far if there are some other things going on under the hood.
If you want to learn how to tap into that mindset, how to truly engage in a self-care practice that actually gives you the body that you want in a way that feels good, I'd love if you joined us for a FREE training on December 5th at 6:30pm EST.
We'll be going over how to lose fat in a sustainable way, how to get a strong body with the least amount of time commitment, and the mindset shifts that NEED to happen in order to really cultivate a healthy, positive relationship with your body, exercise, and diet. Get all of the details HERE or sign up below and we'll see you there! (PS recordings will be available for up to 48 hours after the date!)
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