Do either of these quotes sound familiar? “If it sounds too good to be true it usually is”; “Anything worth having is worth working for and waiting for.” These are common phrases we have all heard and most believe are true, until it comes to our own lives, especially as it relates to getting in shape. There are no quick fixes, it takes time. Americans spend $42 billion annually on weight loss foods, products and services. Yet our obesity problems have reached epidemic proportions! Currently, one in every three Americans suffers from obesity.
Another area we want a quick fix is in our finances. Why is it we spend years acquiring debt after making bad decisions with our finances, but we want to restore our credit and rid ourselves of debt after a few weeks of making the right choices? If you’ve spent years getting into debt it’s going to take you just as long to get out. If you spent years gaining weight you’re not going to drop it all after a few days of exercise.
When we set ourselves up with unrealistic expectations all we can do is fail. Yes, there are what amounts to starvation diets that promise you’ll lose 10 pounds in 10 days…and yes you can, but at a cost. Once you start back eating you gain the weight back and then some. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, most people who participate in weight loss programs regain about 1/3 of the weight during the next year, and are typically back to baseline in 3-5 years. In the meantime you’re damaging your metabolism with all the yo- yo dieting and making it more difficult to lose weight all together.
As I stated in the beginning anything worth having is worth working for and waiting for. We live in a microwave society where everything is readily available from our food to our news and information we receive. Nobody has to wait for anything anymore and it’s messing us up. The issues with the housing market further attests to what I’m saying. When our grandparents and some of our parents decided to buy a house they didn’t do anything before saving up 20% for the down payment; but up until the housing crisis four years ago, people were getting into homes without any money down and even without proof of income. We are still dealing with the repercussions of that flawed system today.
Whether you want to buy a house, get out of debt, or lose 20 pounds- -it’s going to take time. There are no short cuts. So, I encourage you to accept responsibility for where you are, begin to make better choices, and then ride out the process until your situation starts to change. When you finally get what you want you will appreciate it so much more because you know you worked hard to get it. When you lose 20 pounds the hard way, you cherish it and don’t want to jeopardize those results.
What I’ve learned from my own experience is until you accept that there are no short cuts you will continue to make the same mistakes and delay your results. Losing weight is simple and the steps remain the same—you have to burn more calories than you consume -PERIOD. So, I encourage you to get busy creating the life you desire and deserve.
Peace, Love, & Fitness!