Consistency, like all great and virtuous things in life, is something that does not happen overnight — the definition spells that out pretty easily, I think.
Week 2 into the Why It Matters Wednesday series and I’m already finding myself struggling to keep up with my own goals. (Does this happen to you too? Please tell me if it does… Sometimes I feel like I’m staring down the Fail Whale of life.)
Consistency is something I’m striving for in many areas: consistently eating well, consistently working out, consistently writing, posting, tweeting, etc.
But where consistency matters is in the smaller details — it’s how we see both our triumphs and how we gauge when the dam is going to break.
– Sleep: Our mood, our mental health, and even our weight are all correlated to how many Z’s we’re catching. Don’t skimp if you can avoid it — make sleep a priority — your body deserves it.
– Teeth: At 24 years old, I have still never had a cavity, never worn braces, never had anything more than a cleaning from a dentist. (Except for that awesome rite of passage — getting one’s wisdom teeth removed. I still haven’t warmed back up to Jell-O…) I definitely feel like I’m not missing out there, though… The mouth is a pretty critical area when it comes to indicators of overall health — since gum disease is often an open portal for serious bacteria to get into your blood stream, taking care of your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups could help save you time with a dentist’s drill — it could even save your heart.
The part of my brain that tells me I should write more is being sienced by the overwhelming urge to go pass out in my bed… Sorry but it’s a short post this week. I’m going to go practice what I preach about sleep, though… G’night all!
– Half marathon (finished in 3:28:55 — I thought this was pretty awesome because the course was all hills and MUD! Tricky, tricky, tricky…)
– Back to work (I got waaaaaaay to used to staying up until 3, sleeping until 12)
– Back to not eating so much crap (watched some amazing documentaries that really challenged how I view my diet… but more about this later)
– Back to pretending to have time to read (ooohh, boy, we gotta work on this… I used to be an avid reader… now I’m lucky if I read 3 pages of the magazines that keep arriving in my mailbox)
– Back to realizing that for all of my efforts, significant change happens one day at a time (and much to my chagrin, my positive, can-do attitude is good for the long haul, but won’t lose me 20 lbs. overnight)
– Back to work…