Being consistent really plays a role in every area of your life. You can probably relate to the common stutter and kaput story. You start out doing well on something for a week or even a month. Then, you stop. I have been there myself plenty of times. I, like many, have invented plenty of excuses for why I stopped. Yet, most areas of life that benefit from consistency.
Illness prevention benefits us when we are consistent with it. We don’t often think of our health when we are well. But, when we become ill, we long for the days when we felt great. That’s why being consistent in your goals of good health are important today, not tomorrow. One of the biggest culprits blamed for inability to accomplish tasks is inconsistent work from start to finish.
If you have read any of my health blogs, you know I talk a lot about making good health a lifestyle. Health as a lifestyle is mindfulness concerning the things you choose that influence your health. Sometimes, that means making changes to some cherished habits. Like I said, I have been there. I had a nice jump start to my health goals only to find myself disappointed when I couldn’t keep them going. I found that my plan needed some re-thinking. I want to encourage you with the lessons I have learned that help me stay true to myself and consistent in my lifestyle.
How Bad Do You Want It?
How bad do you want it? You have been faced with this question at some point in your life. It could have been a pair of shoes or making it through school. No matter how complex or simple the object in question is, the main point is “What are you going to do to get it?”
Now, think about your health picture. Were you one of the millions of people who made health goals at the beginning of the year? If so, and you drifted away from those goals, the question is something to ponder. My health goals seemed simple when stated. Stay well, and stay fit. But, to do this there are many decisions with my diet and activity that I must make daily. How bad do I want it? I want it bad enough to do what it takes to maintain normal bodily function without the need for prescription meds, a visit to the doctor, or a hospital stay. If I can prevent these with adjustments in my lifestyle, I will.
Keep the Rules Simple
There have been times when I have made things more complex than they had to be. Taking too many supplements, creating an onerous workout schedule I couldn’t possibly keep up with, or telling myself I can’t have sweets. (Those who know me candy is part of who I am). That was the old Taunya. The new Taunya found out that she was just setting herself up for failure. To meet your health goals doesn’t mean incorporating a long list of overly complex rules that in the back of your mind you know you can’t commit to. Think about your lifestyle routine, your money situation, and your sanity. I did my homework one day, and this is what I came up with:
- I didn’t need to take a lot of supplements because I could get most of what I needed through a well-balanced diet.
- At least an hour of intentional exercise should be done daily. Throughout my day, I include short burst of activity when I can. Forcing myself to do lengthy workouts everyday just doesn’t fit into my lifestyle. Sometimes, I find myself doing more like riding my bike for 2 hours, but it doesn’t feel forced.
- Eliminating sweets from my life only made me angry. Instead, I incorporated self-control and allowed myself one instead of two or three sweet treats.
Know Your Why
I think knowing why you do something will help you stay focused on the benefit that results from reaching your goals. Part of my why is that I don’t want to visit the hospital unnecessarily. Hospitals are great when you need them, but they are not a frequent hangout. My patients used to say, “Will I see you again?” My response was always, “I don’t want to see you here again because that means something is wrong. I’d rather see you outside the hospital doing well.” My other reasons focus on being healthy enough to take care of my family and being in the best condition to work towards other goals that I have.
I’m sure, if you thought about it, you could come up solid reasons to choose actions that lead to good health. When I think about not taking care of my health because I’m too lazy to work out or not drinking my morning wheatgrass because it takes time to do it, my why offers a reminder of the benefit that overwhelms my excuses.
A lack of consistency doesn’t have to put you out of the race for good health. You can conquer it just like me. I believe we should spend our life enjoying the beauty of it. Being consistent with good health practices allows you to do just that well into your elder years. My lessons may not work for you, but I challenge you to use them to jump start your own consistency. In the meantime, be true to yourself and live well.
[Taunya is health coach, nurse, author, and a three-year homeschool veteran. Ask about her health coaching services by connecting on Facebook. She is currently working on two books, the 4th in the Brady Boe series, and Truth–the first in the End Time Saga Trilogy. #ReadTSW at taunyasBnB.com]