How long did it take?

I hope your Monday is off to a great start. I always focus on making Monday an exercise day and a healthy day of eating because it really sets the tone for the week. Even if it wasn't so far, it's never too late to start.

Many people expect to lose weight after just one week of eating comparatively healthy. But unfortunately, we forget about this and that, and all the indulgences we choose to have.

The point isn't that we can't ever indulge. Because we can.

The point is that if you're truly frustrated that you didn't lose weight after 4 days of eating healthfully, you're never going to be able to stick to this.

Let me ask you some questions:

How long did it take you to graduate high school?

How about college?

How long did it take you to have a child? (No matter how many women you put together, it's unfortunately, still 9 months!)

It's not an overnight process. Nor a week-long process. Yet, how come for everything else we don't question how long it's going to take us to get gratification?

And this is YOU we're talking about here.

Here's another question: How long did it take you to get out of shape? I'm pretty sure it was longer than 4 days.

You get out, what you put in! There's no question about it.

Just like you didn't graduate high school in 4 days, you're not going to get in shape in 4 days.

And when you live and die by the scale, once the scale hits the number you desperately want it to hit, you're going to revert back to all your old behaviors.

If you want to change the way you look and feel, you have to change your actions!

Instead, focus on short term gains. Focus on how accomplished you feel. Focus on how much better it feels to love and respect yourself! Focus on how much better it (and it really does) feels to eat healthfully and exercise than the alternative.

We all want instant gratification. But if you focus on the day to day wins - it becomes a lot easier to string together a long line of wins which is another name for consistency!

Instead of obsessing over the number on the scale, obsess over the small daily wins.

They add up!

But also realize that every win is just as important as the one before it, and the one after it!


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