Consistency......the key to a happy & healthy life.
You don't have to be perfect, you just need to be consistent!
I heard this saying a while ago and it really resonates with me and my beliefs around food, exercise and health. I often hear people say, "I used to exercise, then something happened (kids got sick, they got sick, the cat vomited) a year ago and I never started up again." I get it, life happens, things don't always go 100% to plan but when you make healthy choices consistently it's not such a biggie when a spanner gets thrown in the works.
I have finally learned after wayyyyy to long that consistency really is the key to health and wellness. After wayyyy too long on the diet train, I am finally in a place where I don't diet anymore and I have never been happier with the results. I consistently eat amazing whole foods and move my body. I consistently get 8 hours sleep per night and I consistently put my own needs first. You can't fill from an empty cup! Don't be mistaken my friends, there are plenty of times these things fly out the window and I find myself on 5 hours of sleep, too 'busy' to fit in exercise and all of a sudden I'm eating ice cream out of the tub. But when you consistently do things enough, they become habit. Habits are what determines success in the long run. As John Dryden wisely said,
We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
It's not the one slice of cake or the one day of missed training that are going to shape you body and your health, unless those things happen consistently.
Small changes to your lifestyle choices consistently will make the biggest impact on your health. I cut out sugar from my coffee over a year ago now. I cut down from 1, to a half to none over about two months. I have one coffee per day, sometimes two, we'll average at 1.5 per day. Doing the maths on that, I am now not consuming over 2 kg of sugar, just added in my coffee per year! How cool is that. I don't even miss it. Have a think about 1 small thing you could do to improve your health. Maybe choose 1 day per week where you eat nothing from a packet or start adopting meat free Mondays or like me, ditch that sugar in your tea or coffee.
Don't let perfection get in the way of eating better or moving your body more. It really is the small changes that make the biggest difference. Make a choice to introduce healthy habits consistently. It will get you one step closer to waving goodbye to dieting and hello to a happy and healthy life.