Consistent is defined as the “acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate.” (Dictionary.com). Being consistent doesn’t mean changing things up because after a day or a week it doesn’t work.
Last December I started on my nutritional journey with the guidance of our registered dietitian, Jessika Brown. She created a Fuel Plan for me based on my needs and my goals. I decided to take it all in and really commit to it. As some of you may know, I have a hard time with consistency.
We had a client last year that sponsored a cash prize for the individual that lost the most body fat percentage in 6 weeks. This was the catalyst I needed, just eat right and workout for 6 weeks and have a chance of winning $5000 cash. I’m all in! I thought it was going to be easy and I for sure should win. But then after hopping on the Inbody scale at my 2 week check in I noticed only a percent change in bodyfat and a couple of pounds lost. What? I’ve been consistent for 2 weeks, worked out everyday, what’s going on. These were the thoughts going through my head.
I kept consistent another 2 weeks and bam, there it was. I had now lost 4 percentage points of body fat and 10 lbs. Ok, this is really working. On the final weigh-in day, I was now down 6 percent and 18 lbs overall. What was the secret, CONSISTENCY! I didn’t give up, I typically would have but I wanted to see my way through this. I had my strength coach and nutrition coach holding me accountable, so I knew everything was in place. At the end of it, I ended it up in second place. Not too bad for a 40 year old, the winner did great and earned his money.
The contest ended on February 1st, 2020 and I got a lot out of it. The consistency I built, my new relationship with food and I now didn’t think of food as the enemy. I came to peace with having a piece of cake, or a salad when I wanted. Those 6 weeks of hard work got me to a healthy weight I hadn’t seen since 2014. The last 6 years of stress had taken on toll on my overall health and weight. I can confidently say that this “contest” changed my life.
Developing healthy eating patterns, a consistent workout schedule and a daily recovery practice has helped keep my body in check Alongside prayer, meditation and reading for my mental side has helped me cover all my bases. I am still working on sleep, but it is getting better.
The Performance Ranch uses an athlete-centered approach to help you get to where you need to be. This is a 5 sided approach 1) Training 2) Nutrition 3) Recovery 4) Sleep 5) Mindfulness. Building the optimal “You” requires you to focus on these items. Not all at once, but if you tackle one, the others become easier.
I hope this helps you take one step closer to get your ultimate goal. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions on how to start. firstname.lastname@example.org