One thing I have had to learn and re learn throughout this process is patience. I find myself having amazing weeks where my food is on point, my cravings are slim to none, my workouts are exhilarating and I just feel like I can do anything. Then there are weeks where I feel like I am ready to break because either I am spent or my progress is so slow! That is where I have to remind myself that this isn't going to happen fast, which is the way it should be.
A few people have mentioned to me how they feel like they don't want to start their road to weight loss because they have so much to lose and it's just too hard. Does this sound familiar? It does to me too. I can't even count on my hands how many times I have thought or said that out loud to myself. I STILL AM! Sure, I have seen plenty of great progress, but I still get bummed down when there are weeks where I lose nothing!
Would you like an example? I will be completely open and honest…
Last week, Monday to be exact, my family and I went to Tucanos. If you aren't familiar, its a Brazilian Grill. I am not a huge meat eater, so I was like ok I will just have the salad bar and feel good. Well have I mentioned that its a buffet as well. Worst temptation ever! I wasn't very bad with my eating, but I wasn't very good either! I ate some meat, a lot of salad, and some fruit. I also ate like half a cup of their delicious mashed potatoes which I thought I would be ok with. Well anyways, a few days later, I went and weighed myself because it had been close to a week. I was so shocked that I gained 7 lbs! Either my body retained a bunch of water from all the salts or I just over ate! Basically I was so mad at myself for doing that. I normally wouldn't be mad, but I had already had my cheat meal that Saturday before so it was like two treats in one week! The rest of the week, I spent working off every ounce and getting back to where I was before. I am glad to say I am back at the lower weight, but seriously I feel like it was a wasted week. But I also learned a great deal about myself too. This is a lifestyle change. I need to be patient with my progress. In a perfect world, I would allow no temptations, but since we don't live there I have one on every street corner. Basically where I am getting at is, it's supposed to take a long time because you need to teach yourself how to live well and healthy. Your body needs to lose the weight slowly because then it will stay off! It didn't take a month for you to gain that weight you want to lose! (for most of us) so you need to allow the process to happen and just try and remind yourself that it will take time which is supposed to happen.