Patience for results is something that is learned; not necessarily given. This is one thing I have learned comes with maturity not necessarily age. In a generation of speed and technology we often forget that we are not simple machines that can simply “download” our results to our server and “click” we have the body and mind we have always dreamed about. Often beginners will get frustrated, discouraged and downright rebellious when results do not come fast enough! By rebellious I mean binge eating or going right back to the lifestyle they know doesn’t make them happy. A feeling of “what’s the point?!!” often will follow. I have heard this from countless friends and family that will ask me how to change their programs or lifestyle.
My advice; change ONE thing at a time, not EVERYTHING. Ever wonder why New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get in shape seem to fail? The gyms get packed, healthy items are marked off your check list, maybe even a workout playlist is downloaded. Now it is time to start, the first couple of days go ok, you can stand the healthy choices, the workouts are hard but you feel a little better. But by day 3 you are so sore that you can barely walk, you are hungry, and the body is craving the junk it has had for the past years.
What to do? This is where it gets mental. Most will become discouraged, but a few will stick it out. Avoid this failure by changing one thing at a time. For example, start with something small, like eating healthy for a few days, then have a cheat, this will give you a mental break from trying to change your whole nutrition intake. After a week or so, add some gym time, light weights or cardio to break yourself into the process. Changing one thing per week will allow your body not to panic and realize, “ok, something is different here.”
Putting your time in is absolutely crucial! In my experience it takes 4-6 weeks for you to notice changes, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 weeks everyone will notice and ask you what you are doing. I tell friends who ask, “just get there once; your body will remember and react much faster!” If you are inconsistent, your results will be also. If you want to change your life, put in the time at the gym and in the kitchen. If it were easy, everyone would do it, that’s what makes it great!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013