As the tress in the picture border and frame out the pathway, routines can become one of the most important pillars that will hold you up until you achieve your weight loss goal. And again like the picture, your routines can frame your path to success. I believe to achieve weight loss without consistent routines is very difficult. Think about it…………you have to exercise consistently, then you have to slowly ramp up the exercise consistently, you will have to have a pretty consistently healthy diet where you eat less than you burn, and you will have to weigh consistently. Each of these things will have a routine with it. For example, I weigh myself once per week on Monday’s and ONLY Mondays. That is my routine and it has a purpose (weighing more often than once per week can breed trouble and discouragement due to normal fluctuations). I also have exercise routines that I do on a consistent basis. I am changing these routines up now but once I get the changes made I will have developed a new routine that I will perform on a consistent basis.
Another thing that a routine can do for you is give you something to look forward to, or measure, or beat. It gives a person a good feeling when they do something that their routine calls for. When you are supposed to work out after work on Wednesday and then you do it, it builds up confidence in you. Confidence is often built upon what YOU DO. This is why I think the main focus, especially in the beginning, is to develop a routine that you can consistently follow. One that if you do it, it will be impossible not to succeed as long as you have patience. Routine, habit, consistency…………..I guess you can call it by many names. Just KNOW that doing the right things over and over will get you to where you need to go. It won’t always be at the speed you want and sometimes it may be faster, but having the endurance to keep on keeping on will get you a win.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP A ROUTINE?
- Write down you goal
- Read that goal daily
- Write a daily “to-do” list of things that you have to do to achieve that goal (stay within weight watchers points, calories, exercise today).
- Be persistent and develop patience
- Watch yourself achieve your goal
- Be thankful