Lunden Souza: Consistency through holidays ensures healthy results

December 6, 2013 

Lunden Souza

MIKE BYERLY — Merced Sun-Star Buy Photo

One of my favorite books of all time is “The Slight Edge” by John Olson. Although I have read it more than five times, I still get something new out of it each time.

The entire book is incredible, but the main point it hammers home is to do all of the seemingly meaningless small things – even when you do not think it will make a difference – because they will eventually add up to something big.

I get overwhelmed and have anxiety at times when I feel like there is so much to be done, and the ultimate goal seems impossible to accomplish. But when you start breaking things down into smaller pieces, and focusing on one thing at a time, the big picture comes together effortlessly and undoubtedly more efficiently.

Recently one of my good trainer friends posted on social media a motivational picture that really reminded me of this book. It said: “One cheat meal isn’t going to make you fat and one healthy meal isn’t going to make you skinny.”

In this day and age, it’s all about instant gratification and instant results. But last time I checked, I didn’t come with a one-minute quick-cook label attached to my body. No one does. It takes time, effort and consistency to reach and maintain your fitness goals. So what is the huge rush?

It is no secret that food that is cooked and served through a window in less than two minutes is not healthy. nor is a “Lose 10lbs in 3 days” diet going to last forever. Yet our actions are screaming “I want it now!”

When I am working with clients, the motivation is always there initially. Excitement, enthusiasm and manifesting goals is always apparent in the beginning but usually lost within the first month, if not sooner.

One healthy meal isn’t going to make you magically more fit, healthy, muscular or skinny. One week of three healthy meals a day might not even get you there.

The journey of fitness and health is exactly that — a journey. It is not a sprint and it is certainly not a race, it is more like a marathon. You have to pace yourself, focus on one goal at a time, take it one day at a time, and most of all, be consistent.

The greatest athletes in the world, the fittest models and the most successful businesspeople will tell you they had been working at all the little things for years and years.

The lesson in this for all of us during the holidays, one cheat meal during the holidays is not going to make you fat and destroy your goals. However, not getting back on track and being consistent again will come back to haunt you sooner than later.

One full day of indulgence isn’t going to ruin you forever, but keep in mind there is a month in between Thanksgiving and Christmas where consistency can play a huge roll, and lack thereof can take you down.

Make it a point to start being consistent now, not relying on one salad or one pill to take you where you want to be. Use your mind and your willpower to power through this month to make 2014 not only a year of physical strength, but mental strength, as well.

Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach and writer. She can be reached at lifelikelunden@gmail.com.

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