Buckle up...it’s gonna be a long ride

 

Buckle up...it’s gonna be a long ride

The process to losing weight can be an arduous one with ups and downs along the way, right?!  Maybe you have your motivational quotes or pictures posted in all the right places to help when things feel difficult.  You have spent tireless hours perusing the internet for healthy recipes and learning about a whole new arsenal of food out there.  You are putting time on the treadmill or bike or elliptical or maybe you are doing high-intensity classes because they are all the rage.  And, while, to be fair, you are slowly losing a little weight here and there, but nothing drastic. The numbers surely don’t equal the amount of time you are putting to this journey.  Why doesn’t the reward seem to be bigger….faster….better….stronger? ;)

Don’t get so caught up in the end goal that you forget to be present for the journey and be careful, you might even like it.  Allow yourself to FEEL the process, be slow to become an expert at anything just yet. Learn along the way and share the learning you gain with others because the community you can create around you will help see you through.  Celebrate the victories you have along the way and allow the setbacks to be opportunities to learn, self-evaluate and fuel the long term process.

So often people are after the quick fix to most problems….hence, the 100 calorie packs (really?, it’s still over processed chocolate chip cookies, but hey, they are only 100 calories, so I can eat it, right?!).  Or, peanut butter and jelly that are already mixed for you in a jar. When did we have so little time to invest in the journey that we needed someone to combine the peanut butter and jelly for us? Be present and realize the process is where you learn, the end result is the culmination of all the learning.  

You learn something as you start to read the ingredient list of foods, or the nutritional information and that can help shape the journey.  Be curious about what you are choosing to eat. How many calories in a banana? I don’t know, I just need to grab it and go because I am late for my workout and I heard somewhere that bananas are good to eat before you workout.  Right, this can be true, but why. Don’t you ever just want to understand why is good for you? Invest in the process, take the time to look up information on a banana. You will learn that most bananas are 105 calories most of those calories come from carbohydrates, 22 percent of the daily value for vitamin B-6, 17 percent of the DV for vitamin C and 12 percent of the DV for both potassium and fiber.  Who knew! Well, Livestrong.com tells us,

“The average banana has more than 450 mg of potassium, which is about 13 percent of the potassium you need per day. Potassium is an essential mineral necessary for blood-sugar maintenance and proper heart function. Loaded with potassium, bananas can help protect against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. As an electrolyte, potassium helps you retain fluid balance in your body's cells, which can prevent muscle cramping. Potassium is also necessary for proper muscle growth and development.”  

See what happened here...you invested in the journey, you now know why you eat bananas before or after a workout and the benefit you are giving your body instead of doing it just they are fast and you think you heard it somewhere.  

Be proud of yourself, celebrate your victories along the way (in a healthy way) and realize the setbacks might be just as important as the victories if you allow them to teach you.  A quick fix usually breaks over time, so any program that tells you in just 6-weeks you can lose up to 30 lbs. guaranteed doesn’t care about your long term. Be tempted for the process more than the end result and you WILL get there.