Saturday, January 21, 2012

Patience, Patience, Patience

One of the biggest things I'm having to learn is patience and anyone that knows me knows that I lack any patience.  But I didn't gain this weight overnight and I'm not going to lose it overnight.  It's really hard to have patience though because I just want the weight to disappear and disappear quickly.  So what do I do?  What can I do but just take it a day at a time because if I start thinking about the big picture well then I'm giving up and I refuse to give up this time.  I'm worth this and I want to be who I know I can be, I want confidence and self esteem and the only way I'm going to get that is to beat this demon.  I can do this one minute, one hour and one day at a time.  I'm already on my sixth week of eating healthy and it seems like just yesterday I started.  For me this is one of the hardest times of the year, its winter.  I get more depressed in the winter and I can't get outside like I want to but making it through.  All I have to do is keep holding on and before you know it I will be at goal. 

So how do make yourself have patience when you are trying to lose weight?  How do you make it through this time of the year?


  1. I'm on 19 weeks and STILL feel that way, like I just started this thing!

    Whenever I doubt myself or the journey, I tell myself that I have to give it one REALLY good week of solid eating and good exercise before I am "allowed" to slack. By the end of that week I am always back on track.

    I take it one day at a time and switch it up all the time. Some weeks I set my calorie goal lower, some higher. I'm always looking to try new workouts, and now I have fitness goals outside of weight loss.

    I don't know what (if anything) has changed in me that helps me get back on track every time I fall off, maybe its self forgiveness or something. Just do something, even if its only one thing every day that will help you get closer to your goal!

  2. Christina! I think Impatience is my middle name. Now that I have gotten really serious about the program, and am really determined to work it, it's kind of like I think it should go faster. I've been saying the same mantra for 20 years now... "I didn't gain it overnight, so I'm not going to lose it overnight". I'm really tired of that mantra. I want to lose it overnight. Ha! We just gotta stay the course and rejoice for every tiny pound we lose. I think if I woke up tomorrow and it was all gone, it wouldn't take me long at all to gain it all back. Part of the process is learning how to eat, and it takes me a long, long time to get it right. We'll get there. Just not tomorrow. :-)

  3. I am ridiculously impatient. Today I was meeting up with someone at 10am... at 1004 they werent there and I was fuming. I have a hard time remembering that this is going to be a slow long process.

  4. I find the longer I stick with it, the more perseverance I have. It is for the long haul. You are right: you and I did not get this way overnight. It takes time.

  5. Thanks for the responses everyone. It helps to know that I'm not the only one feeling this way. Guess we are all in this for the long haul, hope to see you on the flip side.