Finding Consistency in Working Out

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Finding Consistency in Working Out

By Julie Battiest

Alarm goes off at 8:45am, I snooze it for 15 minutes and then it goes off again at 9:00am. I finally roll out of bed! 

CONSISTENCY! 

What does that mean to you? 

Siri advises that the definition of consistency is — “conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.”

My definition of consistency is staying the course no matter how difficult, tiring or draining one may become from the routine they have created. You have to have drive; a purpose that feeds something bigger than yourself. 

I’ve always been athletic, running track and playing soccer my whole life. The issue I’ve always ran into is being consistent when it came to working out/ practice. It was just something I disliked doing. I loved winning but it was not enough to get me to go to practice/ workout each day. However, this has now changed years later. 

For my entire young/adolescent life I’ve weighted between 125-135lbs. In 2017 I weighed 185lbs (the heaviest I’ve ever been). I was depressed about it but I lacked the motivation to get up each day and go to the gym. Well, I applied for the Police Department this particular year and was offered a job. Needless to say I had to be physically in shape to be a qualified candidate, so I started working out — still lacking the motivation. 

The academy rolled around and I got my behind handed to me. Seriously! It was something about tapping into and adjusting my mentality. I started to look forward to going and getting yelled at like I was at bootcamp— wondering if I would survive each workout. It turned out that I was working out not only to become physically fit but also because my job depended on it. The very career I’ve dreamt about since I was 9 years old was what was pushing me to become better as an adult. I would workout even on off days to ensure I did not fall behind. Crazy enough, I started to enjoy it. I lost 40lbs within 4 months simply from working out. Still to this day, almost a year later I am still motivated to stay in shape and be the best version of myself. 

Crazy story, I got hit while on duty back in September— an accident that should have cost me my life. God however said otherwise. I walked away without a scratch. I was placed on light duty due to back spasms. 10 days later I was cleared for full duty. The doctor for over 20 years advised me that this is the fastest he’d ever seen anyone recover from an accident and he gave all credit to me being in shape. He advised that due to my health, I was able to bounce back. Just something to keep in mind when thinking of your health routine, consistency is key! 

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