It's hard to describe what it felt like getting started that day. I dreaded stepping on the scale, but I was mad getting on the treadmill. I really felt like I was starting this thing against my will, though there was no one forcing me but me. I felt like it was a complete waste of time. I was doing it just to prove to myself that it was a waste of time, just so I could say I tried.
Somehow, though, by the end of that first week, my enthusiasm and determination had caught up with my actions. Part of it was y'all. I have 47 comments on that first post -- forty-seven people who either said they'd take this journey with me or would cheer me on as I went. You all don't know what an inspiration and encouragement you've been to me.
Our pastor's message yesterday was the perfect thing for me to share with you all as I begin the second year of getting fit -- the year when I will reach my goal weight for the first time ever. While our pastor did apply his message to our Christian walk, he, too, used the analogy of weight-loss and pointed out that the thoughts he was sharing apply to many areas of life.
He said, "Commitments never result in anything. Consistency does."
How many times have you "committed" to lose weight? I know that I had previously done so dozens of time. I can tell you that "lose weight" topped my New Year's resolutions at least 16 years running. That commitment never got me anywhere. It wasn't until I started taking action daily -- working out, counting my calories, making better food choices -- that I started to see results.
My pastor also pointed out that, "Every opportunity adds to or subtracts from the results."
Every time I make the choice to exercise, eat healthy foods, drink water, take the stairs, or get active adds to my weight-loss results. Every time I decide to sleep in instead of getting up to workout, have "just one" cookie, or get just one more refill on my sweet tea rather than sticking to one glass at meals subtracts from my results.
"Consistency grows to results."
All those little choices add up -- for good or for bad. You don't have to make the choice to change your whole life right now, you just have to choose to make one good choice. Then, one more. Then, one more. Those choices may not seem like much, but they add up to pay great dividends. Ladies, we didn't get overweight by eating one cookie. It was through a series of little daily choices. We're not going to reach our goals by skipping one cookie, either, but through a series of good choices that add up.
"We cannot catch up on consistency."
We can't skip our workouts all week long and have a power session on Saturday. We can't eat whatever we want for a month and think that one week is going to change us overnight. It's consistent, daily choices that are going to make or break us. "Commitment without consistency is empty."
And, finally, "Consistency needs accountability."
I think that has been a huge part of my success. This blog has kept me accountable to you. I can't tell you how many times I've skipped a weekly weigh-in to have somebody email me or leave me a comment and check up on me.
My bodybugg has been part of my accountability. I know exactly how many calories I've burned. I can't say that I didn't know I wasn't active enough today. My bodybugg tells me exactly how I'm doing. I can't say I didn't know how many calories I've consumed, if I'm logging my foods. And, if I don't log my foods or check my bodybugg stats, who I am lying to but myself?
"There is accountability in everything in life in which you're consistent."
Do you get a paycheck? (Yeah, me either.) That's accountability. Do you have to log your school days with your county schools? That's accountability. Do you get a ticket if you're caught speeding? Accountability. Does your mother-in-law come to visit whenever you've gotten behind on laundry and housework? Okay, that's just Murphy's Law. Sorry.
"Growth comes through accountability and consistency."
Do not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
-- Galatians 6:9
Want to know why I started trying to lose weight the week of Thanksgiving? Because I'd tried a million times and failed. Because I knew that if the only success I had that week was drinking more water and less tea and Coke, that would be better than doing the same old things and still drinking tea and Coke. Because I knew I had to do something. I'm so glad I did.
Don't wait till New Year's to make another empty commitment. Start making consistent changes today -- this week. Every opportunity adds to or subtracts from the results. Make the most of your opportunities this week. You're worth it! You can do it! You have it within you to make positive changes in your life. You know how I know? Because I discovered that I had it within me all along. I just had to do it.
Do or do not. There is no try.