It took God 6 days to create this world and all it was, is, and will ever be. 6 days. I've eaten leftovers older than that. Obviously God's endless power allows for something like say, creating HUMANS in one day. This quick results concept is possible for Him. In anything. ANYTHING. We have come to expect immediate results and fulfillment for ourselves, especially in these days of 4G speed internet & pizza delivery. When we bring this desire for RIGHT NOW results into our journey of health, fitness, and most especially, weight loss-we set ourselves up for inevitable disapointment.
I've talked to you before about "starting on Monday", something we've all claimed after a fall off the wagon. ESPECIALLY if we were all over it Monday through Friday and just couldn't go one more stinkin' second without some sugar. Then we weigh Friday, expecting a miraculously lower number to appear on the scale, and we plan our victory dance because by goodness if God created the heavens & the earth within a week, we can drop 3 pounds! So we put one foot on, then the other...and the number staring back at us...is a weak 1/2 pound. "WHAT?!?!" we scream as we march into the kitchen for our emergency Kit-Kat, "Well, if all that work lost me a half pound, I'd rather just enjoy life and food anyway! This would take forever!" We didn't get an immediately satisfying result, and in that heated moment of disappointment, we fall. If it took me 10 years to put on this huge belly and love handles, what in tarnation makes me believe I can lose it all by Christmas? This journey is not a sprint, it's a marathon. Ahh, yes, I went cheesy on y'all! But it's..so...true!
So bank your disappointment when you eat one salad and your weight doesn't plummet. Allow yourselves to become accustomed to this way of life, allow your body time to make changes, some so small you'll never notice, and allow yourself the patience to understand this is a process. Some of your immediate progress will be so slight, you don't see it, but that small change is setting you up for more...and more..and more, until....SUCCESS. So don't expect to go to bed hungry and wake up skinny. God may have created all that we are and see in 6 days..but let's not fool ourselves into thinking we have any kind of common power with Him. Be patient. Persevere. Because that change you don't notice after a week, will blow your mind in ten. Stick with it!
*Personal triumph in hopes of showing this is TRUE...I hadn't run heavily since high school and starting running on a treadmill in Setpember. I started slow, knowing it was smart to build up, and was running a mile, mile and a half...then two....then a 5k. Then a real, outdoor 5k, and it kicked my BUTT. I wasn't used to running outside, I couldn't complete the length I could on a treadmill and for once, instead of getting angry and giving up...I changed my process...and in turn...changed my progress. I started running outside, first a mile, then mile and a half...and now four. Yes four miles. At a time. Without stopping or walking. That took me ten weeks. Ten weeks, in the scheme of things, is a very short period of time, and with diligence, I made a HUGE difference in that time. (Bonus that the jeans I'm wearing today come off without unbuttoning!) I will RUN a 5 mile Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving day. And I WILL run that...because I let a process kick in, I let time build up my stamina, and most importantly, I let God run with me.
Stick with it sister friends! It might take more than 6 days...but it will happen!
Faith, love & sweat,