We all want it now...money, success, health...whatever. It is a direct result of society today. It is important to us. We need it...NOW. The funny thing is we eventually get what ever we are in search of. I was always told patience is a virtue. It wasn't until my surgery that I truly understood this. If we are given everything in life and not let to experience things, events, life...then it is hard to understand patience. So what does this have to do with my weight loss journey? I have reached the point where I have lost all the weight I will as a result of my surgery. Don't get me wrong...I am extremely happy. I just want to lose more and in my head, I want it NOW. Now, I have to work for it...I don't want to wait. The reality, I have to accept the fact that I need to be accountable, live the struggle, do the work.
So, as I move forward, I realize how important it is to work for the little successes and how empowered they become as they are achieved. I struggled with a weight plateau for several months. Up two pounds, down three pounds, up and down. Then something changed and I can't pinpoint exactly what lead to the success. I broke my plateau! It was probably a combination of changing things up at the gym (they were aware of the struggle) and changing up things in my diet. I started to see the in-house nutritionist at the gym (she has a bariatric background - YAY!) and she said "Deb, you aren't getting enough protein for the intensity of your workouts. You need to get more." Heavy sigh. I thought I was doing great in getting in my sixty grams daily. Now I need to get in at least a 100 grams. Crap!....that means I need to drink those awful protein shakes...gag...gag...gag. Not again. We discussed my aversion to the shakes and how important it is to get in all this protein because without the protein, my workouts will be counterproductive. Damn...all that work for nothing? No way! I am drinking the shakes and they aren't that bad and I am drinking protein water as well. I have faced the fact that this is what I need to do in order to lose the rest of the weight.
The "I want it NOW" scenario is gone. I have to work for my little successes and bask in the glory of my achievements. It still is an everyday struggle....but one I am working on.
Just because you can't have it NOW...you can't give up. You can't lose sight of your end goal. It will happen...you just need patience.
--As always, God Bless.