When you’re looking to achieve a goal, whether that’s weight loss or an increase in strength, exercise and nutrition will always be important. Another key ingredient (actually regarded by many as the most important!) is consistency. Putting the work in day after day.
The changes you need to make may well be small, but the important thing is that you keep doing them….. maintain long term consistency.
Imagine you’re building a house, brick-by-brick and only one brick each day. If you miss a day, what is the impact on the progress of the house build? Could you add an extra brick another day to make up for it? Knowing that it’s just one brick each day, you could take the time and care to make sure it’s laid perfectly.
Now put this in the context of weight loss or fitness… can you see the similarities? Day-by-day the work you’re putting in will add up, even if you can’t see it straight away. If you have a ‘bad day’, would it ruin all the progress you’ve already made? Not necessarily. It won’t move you any further on, but the foundations and existing structure would still be there and they can still be built on in the future.
Think about the foundations you already have in place, and what other things you can do to build on them – brick-by-brick; day-by-day.
Some days you will feel more motivated than others, but you can still put the work in and add to the foundations and work you’ve already done. We will always have good days and bad days, but consistency over a long period of time will achieve your goals.
Sometimes we get overwhelmed when we think there’s a lot of work to be done, but you can easily split it down to make it more manageable – which usually means you can keep your consistency going too. If you find that something feels too hard or completely unachievable, split it down to its most basic form, and then work on it from there.
Always strive for progress over perfection.