I have been reading a plethora of posts online about how to make a program of diet and exercise successful, and one theme that comes up repeatedly is that of consistency.  According to Merriam-Webster, the word “consistency” has been around since 1594, but it’s in the top 30% of lookups on its website.  Seems people have used it since Elizabeth I was queen of England, but still don’t really know what it means.

Emerson, in his essay on Self-Reliance, said:  “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”  Here, I think he was warning us against doing the same thing over and over the same way without considering why.

Going back to Merriam-Webster, the definition of “consistency” that most accords with what I am guessing is apt to help you with a program of diet and exercise is 3b:  “harmony of conduct or practice with profession,” which I take to mean harmonizing your activities with your stated desires.  The key concept is harmony, not a rigid adherence to repetition.

So, make your plans, set your goals, be flexible, but strive to keep the walk in line with the talk.

And enter your data!

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