Consistency or persistence? Do I choose one or can I choose both? To be consistent is to adhere to something or it can be a degree of firmness; whereas, persistence is lasting or enduring or constantly repeated. The two are very similar in meaning to me. If you are consistent with something, doesn’t that mean you are persistent too? To adhere to something you have to be enduring.
In my research of these two terms, I found a quote that said, “Persistence will get you there. Consistency will keep you there.” So my above take on the two would be correct, the two can and do build off each other. Why did I wake up thinking about these words? I know you are asking yourself that exact question, and if you are familiar with my blogs, you know I am about to explain.
My weight loss journey has not been an easy one. It is taking me FOREVER. I have lost around 50 to 55 pounds, and yes, I’ve mentioned this before, but damn, it is taking me so long. Some people do what I have been doing and lose so much quicker. I guess my fat loves me too much. I mean, once you get to know me, I am pretty lovable. Okay, Okay, focus. To say I have been persistent is an understatement. Consistent? Yes, for the most part. Dang it! That’s it, isn’t it? I have let consistency stray now and again, but I am consistent on getting back on board. I do allow myself cheat days, especially when I am with my family. I don’t want them to worry about my diet. And exercise, well, I have a love/hate relationship with it. I hate it and it loves to piss me off. Because of this, I will exercise for a bit and then get out of routine and then start back up and then get out of the routine…you get the gist. Right now, I am onboard and being pretty consistent so my persistence to exercise is winning at the moment.
However, even as I mentally argue with myself about my exercise routine, this isn’t even what started this topic today. What started this topic is the scale! Last week I was only four pounds from reaching my NEXT goal. My goals are smaller goals to push me to the finish line, but I am going the opposite direction. I am not doing anything different. I mean, Saturday for my party I drank more than usual so I am sure that comes into play, but come on, that was Saturday night. I have gained four pounds instead of losing it. I can tell you what it is because I can feel it in my feet and hands. For some freakin’ reason, I am retaining water. My fat said, “Oh, four more pounds until your next goal. How about eight pounds instead of four? Let’s see how you like that! Try to get rid of me? I’ll show you.” How many of you flip off the scale when you don’t get the results you want? Nobody? Just me. Yep, I even gave it the ole double flip off, and may have even called it a name or two. What makes all of this worse is I am getting older. My fat has gotten comfortable with my body, so it is only going to get harder. I won’t give up though. I will have a few screaming fits. I will yell at my scale and exercise machines. I will cuss myself out when my inner voice says, “Don’t exercise today!” I will continue to be persistent and hope that my consistency steps in so that I can get to where I want to be.
If we are all honest with ourselves, there will always be something in our lives where we need to put that two word combo to use. Whether it is leaving a toxic relationship, overcoming an addiction, pursuing a dream, or just trying to get healthy, we need to choose to be persistent and consistent, so that we can be successful. I really want success, so that two word combination will always be involved in my life.