After working with over a thousand clients the past several years, I wanted to take a moment this month to continue cheering you on towards achieving “health,” in every way, shape and form. In doing so, I want to acknowledge that weight loss and even feeling better is not usually a quick fix. In fact, with a number of my clients, it can take weeks or even months before someone begins to see the changes or differences he or she was hoping for.
Are you surprised to hear this? I know there are some who say it’s “bad business” to tell people that weight loss can take time. Many are looking for something that will produce instant or nearly instant results. However, in all honesty, I feel like I would be doing people a huge disservice by promising that weight loss and/or lifestyle changes happen overnight.
Changes of this magnitude begin with this simple, but sometimes difficult concept: You must be consistent! This may mean changing old habits that may have to die-hard. In other words, you may have to make some minor (or major changes) to daily routines. Making changes might involve setting limits on activities, modifying what your family is eating, planning out your day to avoid rushing, balancing your blood sugar versus roller coaster eating/dieting, and LOWERING your stress by setting boundaries.
The second part of the equation involves what some people might consider to be a swear word: TIME. I want to encourage you with a friendly reminder that making adjustments, especially if you want to see how different your life can be physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, takes TIME. You have to take the TIME to instill lifestyle habits that support healthy choices. Do I want to see all of you walking in health, wholeness and freedom from the “ties that bind”? You bet I do! In fact, it’s why I feel called to working with people by helping them make choices that will begin to reshape their lives in the short AND long-term.
It’s almost like nails on a chalkboard to some of us; patience truly is a lost virtue in our culture today. We have been taught to think that everything should happen yesterday, so when people don’t drop 10 pounds in 2 weeks they want to give up…thinking this does not work. It’s the perfect set-up for yo-yo dieting. People will try anything short-term to lose weight and give up way before they reap the benefits. What breaks my heart the most is that I know they are giving up right before they will see the fruit of their labor.
When I was 30 pounds heavier than I am right now, I started making changes to my diet but it took me FOUR months to lose a single pound. Within that time frame however, I knew something was changing because I was feeling better in other ways with respect to digestion and increased energy levels. I had to remember that I had eaten a lot of junk, over exercised and royally messed up my hormones; unfortunately, none of those problems were going to heal overnight.
Believe me, I have done many detoxes, diets and “special” food plans, but they were all short-term fixes. I hate to break it to you, but there really aren’t any short-term fixes or magic pills, especially if you are looking for long lasting results that will actually change your life for the better. My tips for long-term health and weight loss are to take the TIME to be CONSISTENT, each and every day. There will be some bumps and bruises along the way, but this life isn’t perfect and neither are we. So if you make a few bad choices, get back on the horse and make a few good choices again. The habit will stick, and over time, it will get easier.
I encourage you to make a commitment to your health by ditching the quick fix weight loss plans while striving to be consistent with a healthy diet and lifestyle changes that really will create a whole new you…from the inside out. Please understand that this takes patience and perseverance, which is why I make an excellent cheerleader :). If you are not sure what a healthy diet looks like, check out some of my upcoming classes to find out more.
Tune in next month to find out how perfectionism may be keeping you overweight and unhealthy. In the mean time, try making changes to your plate and what’s on it. You never know, it just might change your life!