I was reading a guest post by Wayne Stiles on Michael Hyatt’s blog about the fact that blogging takes time to attract readers. Even someone as popular as Mr. Hyatt wrote blog posts for 4 years before his blog took off. His theory is that the problem is the waiting, and that we need to find the present or gift in the waiting.
Isn’t it the same for our health?
Have you ever had the thought:
“I ate healthy for the past few days…why isn’t the weight coming off?”
“I have been working out for a couple of weeks, shouldn’t I be feeling stronger and not so sore?”
“I need to lose 10 pounds by this weekend to fit in the cute dress I bought.”
Why do we think that should be so quick? We have eaten poorly for years. We did sporadic exercising for months on end. We have been trying to lose those extra 10 pounds in our mind for months.
No matter what you do to start changing your health, it won’t happen over night. It can’t. Your body is used to how you have been treating it. Give it time to figure out what it needs to do to balance out. Listen to it. That just may be the present (gift) in the current waiting time…the learning to listen and respond to what your body needs to be healthy.
However, during the in between time…the time when your started making those eating changes, those exercise changes, and getting a little more sleep, it can be quite frustrating and hard to keep motivated. Those old habits, patterns and ways of eating beckon. You need to know your why? The big why? The reason you want to live a healthy life.
Take 5 minutes and write down why you want to change your health habits and live the best, healthy life you can? Is it for you? So you can live longer? Live a more quality life? Play with your kids or grandkids? Travel with energy? Pursue a new career? Whatever it is, visualize it. Write it down or create a vision board. Then keep it where you can see it. Use it for motivation to keep going.
Please share below what your “why” is. Put it out there. It can be the strength you need to keep moving through the struggles of change.