This is the 7th Post in my Fit To Lead Series. Patience is a thing of the past. In a day and age of iPhones, Internet, and Amazon, anything and everything is at your finger-tips. This makes fitness a little disappointing doesn’t it?
I woke up, ran a mile, ate healthy, went to the gym later that day, and went to bed early. I felt like a champion. I had conquered the fat cells of my body…for 1 day. I looked no different, but I sure felt worn out. What I needed was patience.
We’re used to instant results and instant gratification these days. Who wants to wait weeks for anything anymore? Unfortunately, we have no hope. Fitness isn’t an overnight thing. It is a long and often difficult journey. Here are a few things to keep in mind when pursuing your fitness goals.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day – It took you years to get in the bad shape you’re in today. Whipping yourself back into shape will take just as long, even if you are fully committed. Set your mind on the long journey and make it a lifestyle.
- 2.5/6 – A healthy amount of fat to lose per week is 2.5 pounds. Anymore and you’re causing more harm to your body then good you’re doing. On the other side of the coin, it takes a typical body builder 1 year to gain 6 pounds of muscle. My point? The results are very slow coming.
- Marshmallows and patience – Check out this article in the New Yorker. Basically, they set a marshmallow in front of a child and told them that if they’d wait 15 minutes without eating the marshmallow, they could have more. Some kids had no resistance and ate the marshmallow right away. Others sat there infatuated with the treat. Their thoughts consumed by the fluffy goodness before them cause them to succumb to their own desires. Low and behold, they gobbled it up. Some children however kept themselves entertained by other things and were able to avoid tempting themselves into eating the marshmallow. This was the group that survived to see their dreams come true.
- Keep Busy – Keeping yourself busy will allow you to make the transition from a fitness crazed enthusiast, think of all the new year’s revolutionaries out running on Jan. 1, to a person who fitness is just a part of their life. When you’re busy you don’t have time to dwell on your goals. You’re forced to focus on making the correct choices when the opportunity presents itself.
- Lifestyle – Fitness isn’t a choice. It is a lifestyle. You have to live it. You can’t just will it into place. You have to do all the things that encompass fitness. From working out, to drinking more water, it all counts. If it were easy, everyone would have a six pack. Go to a public place and count how many people go by. How many are in good shape? Not many. It is difficult. Likely one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do.
Set your sites on the horizon, not on the path before you. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you think about it all the time. You need patience.
What are some of the tricks you all use to stay focused and posess patience?