Welcome to another edition of Motivation Monday!

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This week is all about patience. We’ve all heard that “patience is a virtue.” In today’s high-paced, high-demand world, I think that it’s harder than ever to be patient. I mean, Amazon is developing drones so that you can get your purchase minutes after you purchase it! How patient do we have to be if we get what we want as soon as we wish it?

When it comes to working out and living a healthy lifestyle, patience is crucial. From the moment you make a decision to live a healthier lifestyle and get fit, your body doesn’t change overnight.

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Waiting this long to see a difference can drive you crazy. Not having patience is what drives so many people to the “quick fix” fitness and diet solutions. Who needs to wait weeks to see results from doing it the right way, when you can see a change days later with pills? However, this “quick fix” is just that — it won’t create a long-lasting change. You may look better for a few weeks, but it’s hard to maintain… and you are back to square one.

With the “right” solution, you can make changes to your lifestyle so they become life-long changes. Patience is what will get you through the transformation stage… because once you see what a healthy lifestyle does for your body, there is no way you will want to go back to where you used to be. 

Some tips for keeping with it while you (patiently) wait for results:

  • Celebrate the small things. Whether it’s finally downing the recommended water intake for the day, or being able to hold a plank 20 seconds than when you started a week ago, give yourself a pat on the back for being able to do it. Recognizing these small victories will keep you motivated to move forward to the big changes. 
  • Take it one day at a time. When you look at the big picture, such as wanting to lose 20 pounds, it can be overwhelming. How in the world do you get from where you are to where you want to be? One day at a time. Think of it in small chunks rather than just getting to your ultimate goal. What’s the saying? They didn’t build Rome in a day.
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. It took a long time for you to create unhealthy habits. It is going to take time to develop good ones in exchange. If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up. It happens. Tomorrow is a new day. Approach it as a learning experience and look forward to a new beginning the next day. 
  • Try new things. One of the ways to make your healthy lifestyle interesting is to try something new. Make some noodles with spaghetti squash, try some kale chips or go to a new fitness class. Whatever it is, it gives you something to focus on and look forward to. It may not be exactly what you were looking for (ahem, cauliflower mash), but it’s worth the experience. 
  • Find a buddy. Having a buddy (or two or three) can make it easier when you commit to a healthier lifestyle. I am committed to a 30-day challenge with one of my friends, and it keeps me motivated knowing she is experiencing the same thing. Joining an online network like FitFluential can connect you to thousands of fitness enthusiasts… helping you feel not as alone in your journey. 

 

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Are you a patient person? 

How do you stay patient when you are making positive changes? 

 

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