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Con-sist-en-cy (NOUN): steadfast adherence to the same principles, agreement, harmony or compatibility
Let’s not get consistency confused with regularity or routine. While some things like your face care regime, or walking the dog are apart of your daily routine, not everything you do needs to be done the same way, as long as you consistently get them done. I for one am all about mixing things up. I love trying a new recommended product, cafe, recipe, store, or taking a different route.
Here’s the thing- people easily slip up with their diet, or get out of their gym routine because the plan is built to fail from the start. While I’m the first person to admit it’s okay to enjoy life and take breaks where and when needed; it is not okay to yo-yo diet, and it’s also highly recommended to get moving at least 3-6 times per week. It is really not OK to be obsessive and compulsive with either diet or your workout. If you can get consistent with them you won’t need to go through all that pain. If you consistently gain and lose the same 5-10lbs, isn’t it about time you try something different?
Try building a consistent plan where you are set up to win your own race. Where you feel just right all the time, in a mode of simple maintenance instead of feeling like you are on a constant uphill climb in a race that just never ends.
Consistency is important in all aspects of life in everything you do; from daily hygiene; to how you treat your loved ones; how you handle situations; to how you handle yourself; to how often you poop; if you are always on time or if you are late for everything. Life certainly boils down to all the simple little things. Try not only eating healthy at home; get in the habit of eating well when you go out on the town and on vacation. Bad habits are hard to break, so stop torturing yourself by picking up bad habits, get consistent and stop falling into traps! That said give yourself a treat here and there so your cravings are under control, my favorite is a square of extra dark chocolate or a glass of wine!
Here are a few tips I recommend you start to be consistent with, I know because I do them myself that you’ll not only feel better, you’ll be happier and healthier!
- STRETCH as soon as you wake up! Lay flat on your back and stretch from end to end, roll your ankles and wrists around, then roll over and do the cobra stretch to stretch our your chest. Get out of bed and give yourself between 2 and 5 minutes of light stretching. From your neck, sides and light leg stretches, if feels yummy and it wakes you up for an extra good morning.
- THINK consistent positive thoughts on yourself… Feed your mind with healthy happy mantras, such as in “I’m beautiful… strong… talented…” and “I believe in me… I can do this.” This may sound silly but I recommend actually looking in the mirror and admiring yourself, instead of getting upset or mad at your flaws, disregard them – they make you, you. Plus if you love yourself, chances are someone else will too.
- LOVE yourself consistently by taking time for some guilty pleasures like spending the day reading a book, working on a hobby, resting, treating yourself to a favorite food or desert, spending time alone, shutting off your phone/iPad/computer for an hour, get a massage or your nails done and most importantly getting some sort of exercise daily.
- BREATH consistently. That’s right, it’s really simple, you do it without even thinking… But if you are stressed or having a moment, are adrenal glands take over and our breath shortens. Take a minute or two for yourself and stand or sit tall, close your eyes and just breath. Take a 5-10 count inhale through your nose long and steady and then take the same amount of time to exhale through your mouth. Repeat this for a minute about 10-20 times! Oxygen calms the mind and stabilizes the nervous system. You will think more clearly, and be more focused to move forward.
- SEX… Yes please have some, safe of course!!! Sex can boost your immune system and at the same time it helps to relieve stress. You will burn calories and it can be especially fun if you and your partner are both into yoga, you can then get really creative! Hello cardio (sex will help improve your heart health)!!!! It will boost your self-esteem and improve intimacy with your partner. It can also help with headaches and PMS symptoms. It’s a great mid-day break; actually it’s just plain great any time. So go on and get some!
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