"Consistency kicks the s#$% out of intensity." Perry Nickelston
I've been on a kick since last week writing about this kind of stuff. I think it's a way to offset all the resolution nonsense.
Consistency is the key.
It's a daily focus. You focus on one workout and one meal at a time. The goal should be for everything to become habitual. You go to the gym first thing in the morning. You walk around your neighborhood after dinner. You eat a healthy shake for breakfast everyday (or just eat breakfast!).
The land of instant results blinds the truth. We want to somehow win the fitness lottery and have all of our fat disappear replaced with muscles and a flat stomach. But while you're doing this, don't eat carbs and drink two of these nasty protein shakes every day...
Extreme is unsustainable. It lives in the moment. Consistency is a different approach. It is a thought process in mastery, it has no time restraint.
Improving your body aesthetically and to perform well takes time and consistency. It requires what all good things come with, hard work.
Andre Agassi's father made him hit 2500 balls per day. He said anyone who hit this many balls per day would hit one million per year. Bruce Lee said, "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." And of course, Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
Showing up to the gym two times a week and eating a smoothie every now and then isn't going to cut it. Going balls out in a CrossFit program for a month and switching to a Paleo diet probably isn't going to last.
Consistency is key.
Find what you can consistently do almost everyday. Take small and progressive steps. Build a foundation. Become a master of your body. Do this over and over and over. Sustained results will eventually happen.