Today, for the first time in years I can actually say without crossing my fingers behind my back, that I’m fit! The realisation came earlier today when I was chasing my young brother- and sister-in law around a playground. We were playing tiggy/chasey and I could actually keep up! Not just for a few minutes but for a whole hour!
The night before, I’d slept badly. I had a very busy day ahead of me, with appointments all over Melbourne. I hadn’t eaten very much, so I was quite hungry. But they were at our house and I happened to have an hour to spare, so we went to the park. We ran the entire time we were there and, when I had to go to an appointment, I ran all the way home. Even last year I would’ve gotten to the park, run for a few minutes and collapsed on a bench! Today I managed to give them a very convincing run for their money!
There is just one key difference between then and now: I’ve been eating healthily and exercising consistently for the last three months. It doesn’t mean that I’ve smashed myself to pieces each and every workout. It doesn’t mean I’m a machine that exercises all day, every day. I didn’t exist solely on lettuce for the last 90 days… I just committed to a certain number of workouts per week and made small changes to my diet.
The changes were small. Some days I had to cut my workout short. Some days I caved in to the cheap/easy food options and I made a few mistakes. In general, however, I stuck to what I’d committed to.
I was consistent in my efforts.
Every journey begins with a single step… but you have to keep making those single steps to reach your destination!
Many of us took our first steps – and have continued to take many more – by joining Kate in Operation MOVE! The idea of publicly committing to consistency in your weekly exercise regime is frankly the best thing anyone can do for his or her fitness. Ever. Full stop. Flailing arms.
Consistency makes millionaires, wins wars, gets you good grades and gets you into shape.
So many of my lovely mummies (clients) ask me for the magic bullet answer to all their fitness and weight loss woes. They expect me to give them a supplement or an exercise or a magic lamp to rub… but the truth is that anyone who commits to something and is consistent in keeping their promise achieves amazing results.
Kate really nailed that one on the head. If you try once, you’ll fail. If you have sporadic bursts of titanic effort, you’ll fail. If you only exercise when you feel like it, you’ll fail. If you exercise consistently – even if it’s just a little bit every day – you’ll succeed!
You know what? Once I’d gotten back from my last appointment of the day, we went to the park again. We ran and played for another hour! This time they cracked before I did.
If you have trouble staying consistent in your efforts to get fit or lose weight, you might want to think about getting some help. I’ve taught many mums the habits they need to stay consistent in their healthy lifestyles. This guarantees their results for long after they’ve graduated from my program.
Vlad Protassow is the head Lifestyle Coach from Lifestyle Rescue for Working Mums, an online program designed to completely change the way you think about and behave towards your body, mind and lifestyle! Check out his website at www.reclaimmylife.com.au and apply for a demonstration session!
So without further ado, here come the starting numbers for our October MOVERS!
Don't forget that we are checking in on Wednesdays over on my Facebook Page this round.
I'll be opening the thread at 8am each Wednesday and you can check in any time, up to you whether you include your numbers for that day or not.
If there is a blank near your name then I've misplaced some of your info, so please do let me know in the comments what is missing!
It isn't too late to join in either, if you are wanting some support in your efforts to MOVE in October!
What are you doing to keep moving consistently? What gets you going? What slows you down?