Today’s theme is one I revisit with nauseating frequency. Patience. I think it’s the one thing that makes the difference between success and failure, where lifestyle change is concerned.
When I started this whole thing, I had 3 decades and 80 pounds worth of bad habits to reverse. The pounds weren’t the problem, they were just a reflection of the habits. Again, 3 decades worth of habits. It took 3 decades for those habits to produce the body I had at 35. 3 decades. Why do I keep repeating 3 decades? To really drive home the point I want to make here. It takes time and patience not only to reverse those habits, but for the new habits you make to change your body.
It was a good 6 months before I had new, healthy habits firmly in place. It was a FULL YEAR before my body really started showing the effects of those new habits. 4 YEARS IN I still have vestiges of the old habits evident in my body and my appearance.
This is not an overnight process. It takes time. It can take YEARS, depending on how many years your old habits were in place, creating the body you had when you started changing things.
Be patient. Focus on how you feel and what you can do. Those changes happen much sooner than aesthetic changes, and are the signal from your body that you’re on the right track and making progress. If you feel stronger, more energetic; if you can lift heavier weights or run a little longer; if you have more patience; if you start to crave fruit instead of cake: these, and other subtle changes, are the ways your body communicates that you are making progress, long before you start to see changes in the mirror and on the scale. Progress is progress. Stay the course and take the long view. It is WORTH IT to keep going. If you keep going you will ‘get there’, even if it takes longer than you hope. If you give up, you will stay right where you are.