Oh hey there, remember me? I know I posted a recipe yesterday, but I wanted to pop in and do more of a content piece to share some thoughts and also share why I’ve been MIA, or at least less active over here.
Consistency is key, which is why I’m here to let you know that I, too, struggle with consistency. However, there are some aspects of my life and my clients’ lives that have been consistent lately and let me tell you, the proof is in the puddin!
I have been talking about consistency at the gym as well as to clients lately and I didn’t realize how much it needed it’s own post until I read an article solidifying my thoughts the other day. We, as humans, overcomplicate most things as a way to justify and pretend to understand them. However, sometimes we need to stop overcomplicating and get back to the basics. Being consistent is easy and hard all at once, let me explain.
I’ll go first.
The most ridiculous photo, but just proof of life over here so you know I still exist and am sassy as ever!
Consistency: An Example
I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost 6 years now. I love it because it challenges me, it provides me with an outlet & a community and it shows me that hard work pays off. I have had goals here and there over the years from getting my first pull up to my first muscle up to doing Murph Rx. If you don’t know what this means, that’s ok! It means that I started with way less than I have now.
I didn’t accidentally get pull-ups or accidentally become proficient at jumping rope or improve my squat just by the luck of the draw. No. Instead, I improved in all aspects of the sport because I have been consistent. For almost 6 years, I have shown up and I have given it my all. I have made it a priority to get to the gym with no pressure to be anything or go anywhere with it. But, I show up.
Because I show up, I improve. It’s not easy to show up weekly but what is easy is to look back and see how far I’ve come based solely on showing up and trusting the process. While I am by no means an expert or the top in my sport, I am continually improving and without that consistency over the past few years, I don’t believe I would be where I am today. By showing up, I was able to see my hard work pay off, had I given up, I would’ve always wondered “what if?”
The proof is literally in the puddin! I’m not the best but I sure as hell have improved! (no idea why 2013, 14 or 16 aren’t on here but oh well)
Where in the World is Sassy?!
It seems that when life gets busy, the blog takes a backseat. It may also be because sometimes I second guess myself, feel like no one is reading anyway and then go about this vicious cycle of doubt and confusion over and over again. I feel like an imposter, you know? It’s hard to know if what you are doing is worth it, or if it even matters. So instead of tackling the problem head-on, it gets avoided and ignored.
Yes, that might sound “emo” or negative, but it’s the reality of putting yourself out there. This is no different from the person who starts a diet/meal plan/fitness regimen only to step on the scale and to their surprise see the weight go in the opposite direction of what they were hoping for. It is easy to assume what they are doing is not working and quit, but it is the person who continues on the path who succeeds. I know this, and I still need to be reminded.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and out” –Robert Collier
The Support System
I’ve had a few friends get on me lately and instead of being their usual sarcastic selves, they (I hope) from the bottom of their heart told me they supported me, so that was something. And then, as if that wasn’t enough to light a fire under it all, I got this email from a past client’s mom:
“Hi Laura, I just wanted to let you know that xxxxx had an awesome finish to her swim season. She was the Y state champion in the IM and swam even faster at the Eastern Zone Speedo meet finishing top ten in her breaststroke!! She gained so much strength and energy with her nutrition plan this year and she wasn’t sick once! Thanks again, Laura!”
I was floored. I know it’s my job to help people with their diet & nutrition, but many go into a black hole and I assume I did them wrong. It’s a terrible way to think, but it’s the self-doubt that gets the best of me. I hadn’t heard from this client in MONTHS and out of nowhere, there she is. It showed me that what I do DOES matter. It’s just a matter of trusting that your support system will be there when you need them most.
I’m not saying any of this to brag, Instead, I’m saying it to show how consistency both for myself and for my clients is HUGE. Consistency is what got me to where I am today, but unless I keep working at it, it’s not going to be handed to me.
“You are what you repeatedly do.” – Aristotle
Why Consistency is Key
Consistency gets your foot in the door, makes you a player in the game and gives you an opportunity you wouldn’t have otherwise. It is repetitive and anything but glamorous. If consistency is pursued, it can be incredibly rewarding.
Here’s the thing, consistency can be polarizing. If you continually do something ALL the time, you will no longer have time for other areas or even people in your life. As long as what you are pursuing (weight loss, muscle gain, fitness, health, career goals, etc.) is what you want, then you have to trust that what will be is meant to be.
For example, if you start a new diet plan and your best friends are still hitting the fast food hard to no avail, you have two options; you can pursue your dreams of being healthy and hope that they follow your journey with you (they don’t have to do exactly as you do but they must support you) OR you can continue in your old ways allowing your friends to dictate your food and diet choices even if you say this is not what you want.
The problem here is that someone will get offended, hurt or just not understand, and this is when the polarizing happens. It’s okay, move on and pursue your goals whole-heartedly. Your true support system will come through in the end. Just know anything worth doing isn’t easy all the time.
Don’t get me wrong, consistency will not always guarantee success BUT it allows you the chance to be successful and to me, I like those odds.
When I show up, I am known for giving it my all. So my challenge to you is to SHOW UP where you want to be and then fight like hell to be there.
That is my goal here, to show up and fight like hell for my brand & my message. I will not be perfect and I will make mistakes BUT I will show up and that’s half the battle after all.
So, while I cannot promise I will have a blog post out daily, I want to be more consistent so that I can provide you with more content, education, and recipes. I also want to be more consistent so that I can prove to myself I’m in no way an imposter.
Want to help? Let me know what you love most about my content and I’ll make it a point to bring you more! Comment below!
What could you be doing consistently to help you reach your goals?