I think we can all agree, we are living in a generation of NOW.
We want what we want and we want it right NOW. We don’t necessarily want to wait and we will do whatever it takes to get what we want quicker and with as little work as possible. If you really think about it, our world has developed into this through technological advances like the “iPhone” with the ability to search for anything, buy anything, and get anywhere with just a few clicks on your phone. “Amazon NOW” allows you to order something and within a few hours you can have it at your doorstep. Don’t want to cook? Don’t worry, you can have pretty much any food you want delivered to your house within the hour. I could go on and on about how our world is evolving into this NOW, now, now and causing people to really have no patience at all.
When it comes to one’s health, this really is not the greatest trend. The art of patience has been lost and I think this transfers right into the health and fitness industry. That’s why the supplement industry is making millions. Fat burners, weight loss pills, and diets that claim you can lose up to 15 lbs in a week. What’s wrong this picture? It’s flat out NOT true. It takes TIME to lose weight. It takes TIME to get stronger. It takes TIME to create change.
We cannot stress enough why having PATIENCE and being CONSISTENT is so important. So many people start a program and two weeks later, aren’t noticing results and so off they go to find what they think is a “better” program and then they start that. The cycle goes on and on. Then they come to us and say they’ve tried EVERYTHING without any luck. But did they really? Usually the first couple weeks your body is adjusting and your working through the kinks and getting the exercise and nutrition portion down. You probably won’t see major change in those first couple weeks. We have our clients measure progress in all different realms. We have them track their weight, but that’s not all. We also have them take progress pictures (every few weeks), monitor their energy levels, how they are feeling mentally and physically, and how strong they are feeling in their workouts. When you can look at the full spectrum of health and be mindful of what you see and feel changing, it becomes much more rewarding than just focusing on a number on the scale or what you see in the mirror.
Finally, we suggest sticking with a program for at least 4-6 weeks before making any major changes or switching to something else. If you’re consistently following a good program, you will be so happy you didn’t quit at week 2 or switch over to something else. Program hoppers never truly reach their goals because they are constantly restarting. They don’t progress in a program because they are impatient. BE PATIENT. Trust the process. Learn to love the journey and you will be SO happy with the outcome.