Isn’t it interesting how we can get so very frustrated when we don’t see the results we want at the pace that we want to see them? I try to be focused and disciplined and sometimes when I stall or get stagnant, I want to give up. It is easy to become discouraged. Even if we’re losing weight and making progress, watching the weight come off slowly can make us feel unmotivated.
We want it all fast and we want it all now. When we gain weight or if our health begins to deteriorate, it seems to happen rather quickly. The pounds rack up instantly. But going in the other direction as we try to get healthier, it takes a long time and we get discouraged if it happens too slowly for our taste. It’s important to remember it is alright if we reach our goals slowly. Like the old children’s fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” slow and steady is best. The hare ran his race quickly wearing himself out along the way. The tortoise kept his slow and steady pace beating the hare across the finish line. Are you the tortoise or the hare?
Our life and health are just like those two little creatures. Although it can be appealing to want to be sleek and svelte like the hare, it’s better for us in the long run to be more like that tortoise. Besides, losing weight quickly can cause serious health complications, including dehydration, gallstones, flabby skin, undernourishment, and loss of muscle tone. But moreover, most people who lose weight rapidly usually regain it – or a large part of it – within two years.
So, if you have been charting yourself, don’t worry about slow results. The average person should safely lose about 2-4 pounds per week. But you may go some weeks and not lose anything at all. No matter what, stick to your plan, pay attention to your body, and don’t focus too much on the number on your scale. As long as you have perseverance and you never give up, you’ll ultimately have the results that you can be proud of.