Maybe the scale hasn't budged, your inches aren't melting and you feel like all of your hard work is one big waste? Well, think again! Here are four straight-to-the-point reasons why you shouldn't stop what you've already started:
1) "You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Don't Take"
Wayne Gretzky said it best, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take". If you stop what you're doing right now, I promise you, you. will. fail. Sounds harsh, right? But it's reality. I'd rather keep going, knowing that eventually I will succeed, as opposed to stop what I'm doing, knowing that by stopping I can only fail. Keep going forward and you WILL reap the rewards eventually, I promise.
2) People Are Watching
I know I preach about doing your own thing and not concerning yourself with others, but there is one case where that doesn't apply - when people are being inspired by you. Whether you know it or not - and chances are, you don't - someone is watching you. They're keeping an eye on what you're doing, how you're doing it and how you're feeling and looking. Why? Because they admire you. Even if you haven't dropped a pant size or shed a single pound yet, there is someone nearby who's admiring your packed meals, gym dates and willpower. And deep inside they want you to succeed because it gives them hope! The funny part? They may tease you, try to "sabotage" you or test your patience, but in reality, they just wish they could do what you're doing. So keep going, make improvements and then, wait for it...they'll start asking you questions about how they, too, can do what you're doing.
3) Inside, Things Are Different
We live in a very visually stimulating world; we like to see things. If we don't see improvements, we think we're not making any. But when it comes to our bodies, that is so not true! When you begin changing your eating habits and activity level, improvements begin to occur on a molecular level before they make themselves noticeable, visually. Stay patient and let your body do what it has to do inside first. When I first began losing body fat, it took 6-weeks for me to see any results from my hard work. But once those 6-weeks were over...BAM! It started melting off.
4) The Future You Will Thank You
If you can find it in yourself to dig deep and move forward - and I hope that you do - I can guarantee you that you will look back and think, "thank goodness I kept pushing." What you're feeling right now in terms of frustration and impatience is very normal. And sadly, it's a part of the process. Try to focus on enjoying the journey and don't put so much pressure on the results. In the words of Dory, "just keep swimming!"
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself." - Saint Francis de Sales
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