This is an actual text I got the other day.
If you have ever started a diet or exercise program with the goal of losing weight, you have probably felt this way.
The problem is, the person who sent this message had been working hard to reach her goals… for one solid week.
One major reason why so many people fail to successfully lose weight, eat better and live healthier is that we just don’t have the patience to wait for results that take time.
Do You Have a.. Sugar Secret?
The other day a member at the gym where I work confided he’d been struggling to “get off sugar.” He asked if I had any insight as to how to do it, and what I personally had done to clean it out of my diet.
I explained that it was a long process over time, during which I made little changes over a period of weeks and months until eventually it was just a lifestyle. It wasn’t easy, but I stuck at it and it did become much less of a challenge over time.
He explained that he was successful staying away from sugar for about three weeks, and then hit a wall.
He said he started to feel that a life without sugar wasn’t even worth it. So he gave up.
After three weeks.
While I understand this struggle, the only advice I could offer was to tell him, of course life is enjoyable without sugar, and you just have to remember why you chose to make the change in the first place and push through.
He agreed and said he would try, but truthfully I think he was disappointed. I believe he came to me hoping I could reveal the “secret.”
He was hoping there was some magic pill or special trick to changing habits from unhealthy to healthy.
This is what so many out there want. This is why diet pills and 90-day workout plans and juice fasts are so popular. Everyone wants results, but no one wants to wait for them. They are willing to make the sacrifices if it means they only have to do it for a limited period of time.
It’s Not A Diet…
The reality is, that isn’t how it works. You don’t get to exercise and diet for three months (or three weeks), lose the weight and then go right back to your old habits.
When you go back to eating unhealthy, processed food and sitting on the couch instead of going to the gym, you are going to end up back where you started.
Overweight. Unhealthy. Unhappy.
Healthy is not a short-term practice. It is a way of life.
It is hard in the beginning, no doubt, any kind of lifestyle change is hard.
But take baby steps. Find small achievements and celebrate them. Focus on positive changes not just on the scale. Be proud of yourself for making progress.
Most importantly, take it one day at a time. Each day, focus on how you are going to do better that day. Don’t worry about how you are going to keep at it tomorrow and the next day and the next day.
Change takes time. True lasting results are slow but worth it. Be patient.