“Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.” ~Eknath Easwaran
This Motivational Monday was inspired by a picture and it reminded me of the importance of practicing patience. Sometimes we want things to happen fast and easily. The idea of being patient for any type of change to occur is foreign to us. We live in a society where there is a quick solution to just about everything. This microwave mentality affects every area of our lives. Most especially, our health.
Ever since I was a teenager I’ve struggled with my weight. I fluctuate constantly. But last year that “fluctuating” hit a peak I was not happy or comfortable with at all. I was so disappointed in myself for allowing my weight to get that high. After being on a super strict diet to slim down for a role, I had a hard time maintaining and it all came back, and then some. I knew that might happen. What I was putting my body under was unrealistic and quite honestly, unhealthy. But I was under pressure and I did what needed to be done at the time.
I promised myself that this year was about getting healthy. I promised to make fitness a top priority and to be patient with the process. I promised to listen to my body, treat it well, and to not expect things to turn around at the snap of a finger. It is a process and it’s not easy but it gets easier. You just have to be consistent.
I started by juicing. Slowly I began to eliminate certain things from my diet; sugar, carbs, baked goods etc. I’m not as strict as I used to be because I know that didn’t work for me. I’m taking my time and if I cheat or “mess up” I get right back on track and I don’t beat myself up over it. And then I began to hit the gym again. I was getting a good early morning workout in before work and on days I woke up late or didn’t sleep enough, I went in the evening. In listening to my body I made sure to get enough sleep and give my body a rest. But when I didn’t see the results I expected I started to get depressed again. Now, it’s only been about a month of eating healthy AND working out, and that may not seem like much, but to me it was like “wtf am I working so hard for!?”. Until I saw this picture. That was my “aha” moment.
Sometimes, unfortunately, seeing is believing. This picture made me SEE that my hard work IS paying off. And it humbled me. Reminded me yet again to practice patience, remain focused, positive and consistent. I just want to be the absolute best version of me. I don’t want the opinions of others to affect how I think or feel about my body, and I don’t want to be anorexic again. What is healthy for me may not be what is healthy for someone else. And that’s ok.
So remember, no matter what it is you really want, keep going and don’t rush the process.
It’s true. Patience can’t be acquired overnight. Like the muscles in our bodies, it is something we have to work on. I’ll be working with you.