Welcome to the end of this fantastic six part Clean Eating series. I have saved the secret weapon to continuing your fitness journey from now on until the final post. So, do you want to know how to achieve your fitness goals whether it’s to lose weight, gain muscle, and get healthy. The secret is…consistency!
I know, you probably could have guessed that. But if you have been on your journey for any amount of time, you know that this is a huge challenge. I know how you’re feeling because I have always struggled with staying consistent. So often we are great for a week, then good for another week, and the whole thing goes to the toilet for a little while. Then what happens? We start all over for the next month, or right before the next big event, or the next new year. But we have to be consistent so we don’t have start all over. Because this is easier said than done, I want to share a couple ideas you can adopt to help you stay consistent in your food and fitness.
Be prepared: Remember the beginning of this series? It was about being prepared with your food. It helps to avoid food emergencies which then reduces the risk of fast and convenience foods. Get into the habit of having a prep day and always be prepared when you go to the grocery store.
Be realistic: I am strongly against arbitrary self denial. If I’m focused on a specific goal for a defined amount of time, I will refrain from certain foods. What I mean is, if it is a month before a warm weather vacation, I’ll refrain from french fries, pizza, and chocolate. However, if I’m just living my normal healthy life, if I want a slice of pie for more than 48 hours, I’m going to eat a slice of pie. Don’t think you are going to never eat ice cream again, that’s just depressing.
No “cheat day“: To piggy back off of my last point, don’t give yourself a cheat day. I wrote a post with some of my favorite breakfast recipes and one of the things I share is that breakfast can set the standard for the day. So, if you have a bowl of Lucky Charms for breakfast, don’t let your day be a throw away. Still go to the gym, eat a nice quinoa bowl for lunch, and have a healthy salad for dinner. I also don’t like we call them “cheats” let’s call them indulgences. Allow yourself an indulgence meal every so often, not a cheat day.
Workout in the morning: The best time to workout is in the morning. There is some science behind that concerning one’s hormone levels, but like breakfast, if you start the day healthy you are more likely to stay healthy throughout the day. Getting up early is a great habit to start and with all that time, hit the gym.
Be accountable: I have mentioned my dear friend more than once, he has convinced me to sign up for a half marathon. He had me download the Strava app and it helps him keep track of me. I don’t like running, as I’ve said before, but he’s great at holding me accountable to my training program. If he notices I haven’t been training, he lights a fire under me.
Recover well: One of my greatest struggles in my fitness is muscle recovery. If I have a killer workout and wake up the next morning unable to brush my hair or stand in the shower because I’m so sore, I’m not pumped to go to the gym and do it all over again. So to help with recovery make sure you’re stretching, foam rolling, and getting enough protein. You’ll still be sore, but not deathly sore.
Embrace this key and use it during your fitness journey, it is definitely the most important thing when it comes to living a healthy life and achieving your health goals.
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