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Why do I find it hard to stay consistent?

Lauren Kent
Oct 7, 2023

The most common thing people struggle with is staying consistent towards their goals.

There a many reason's for this such as:

  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Unsupportive environment
  • Lack of self belief
  • Unable to manage overwhelm
  • Perfectionist mindset
  • Impatient
  • Lack of ownership
  • Seeking external validation
  • Unable to set boundaries
  • Lack of preparation
  • "once I get this I will be happy"
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of trust

Something I see often and quite frankly do myself is finding it hard to stay consistent with nutrition. People then constantly try seek out a new diet, a new way of eating thinking this will fix it (which is great to try new things to see if this fits in your lifestyle) but this tends to have the same result, which leaves you feeling like a failure and that you just can't seem to get it right.

The way I coach my clients is from a non-judgmental, compassionate place, which I try have my clients practice. The hardest part for them is that they think if I am not beating myself up about it then I won't change. But really beating themselves up keeps them in that same cycle.

Learning to be less judgmental and more compassionate with yourself helps you actually address problems, rather than thinking you are a failure, you suck and you can't do it. This helps you take ownership on the things that you can control and give's you back the power.

If you have people around you who are not on the same path as you then this can affect consistency, by setting boundaries with yourself and those around you, and explaining how important this is to you right now will help bring in a supportive environment.

Learn to sit with uncomfortable emotion's. In this day and age we want things now, so when we feel a tough emotion we can easily turn to a quick fix to avoid this, we also were never taught this. Tune into yourself and check in what you need right now. If it is food then great make that choice, if there is something else you know that will make you feel better that is not food then try that to.

Remind yourself, you get to choose, these are all choices you can make and these are things you have control over.  

Top tips

  • Let go of trying to be perfect and focus on the small changes that have been made
  • Prepare your meals in advance
  • Become more mindful and thoughts and feelings behind food choices
  • Accept results will take time
  • Don't give up if there is no change
  • Learn to be happy now
  • Do it genuinely for yourself
  • Don't compare yourself to others
  • Work on way's to change your environment to support your goals
  • Invest in counseling and therapy to help find way's to manage stress and overwhelm or address other reasons as to why you find it hard to stay consistent  
  • Hire a coach
  • Check in even on "bad weeks"

You can do anything you set your mind to, as you will see in your work ethic in your job, in the way you show up for your family, in the way you show up for friends.

About this recipe

This recipe and others are available to online, in-home and in-gym clients as part of your training at no additional charge. Trainerize have kindly let us post a few here!

Lauren Kent
Lauren is the founder of Impact, she enjoys challenging herself, music and chocolate!

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