Everybody wants to lose weight quickly. If you could get in shape fast, wouldn't you want to do that? But I've learned that anything worthwhile takes time.
There are no shortcuts. There's just hard work and dedication to get the Real Results that you want.
We live in a nanosecond culture where everybody wants everything yesterday. We've lost the art of discipline. We've lost the art of hard work. We've lost the sense of putting in the time and effort to actually achieving something and being proud of that achievement. Instead, we focus on what we don't have, and rush to get it as soon as possible.
With all that said, I invite you to shift your perspective on changing your life and getting results. To really make lasting change and get Real Results, it takes a little bit of time and a little bit of patience. Throw out the old Paradigm of trying to get fast results. It's not going to get you anywhere.
As the old Fable of The Tortoise and the Hare goes, slow and steady wins the race. You might not feel the best about it, well at least a part of you won't, but the overwhelming majority of yourself will really be grateful that you took your time, slowed it down, and enjoyed the journey.
The scale: The main tool that we use to measure our level of success. Also, it’s the tool that drives us certifiably nuts!
If you're weighing yourself everyday and measuring your success and failure by the numbers on a digital screen, you're setting yourself up to be perpetually doomed. The scale is a number that represents the total weight of your entire body. This means your bones, muscles, water, organs, glands, tissues, etc.
It does not tell you what's specifically going on with your fat and muscle mass. What really matters when you're trying to change your body is what's going on with your body composition, and what's going on with your fat to muscle ratio.
When you're working out and eating well, especially in the beginning stages of a weight-loss Journey, you're going to be building muscle and losing fat simultaneously. Because of this, the scale is not going to tell you the whole story.
For example, if you lose 5 pounds of fat, and build 5 pounds of muscle, the scale will show a net change of 0. Now, if you analyze that number superficially, you'll feel like a failure and go nuts, because to you, you didn't get anywhere. But, in reality, you actually made phenomenal results and you really should be proud of the change that took place.
So when it comes to the scale, just realize that one, it's not the best tool for measuring progress. Two, it's just one tool in your toolbox. And three, don't live and die by the scale. Focus more on the journey, and most importantly by how you feel.
Slow Down, Take Your Time
The take-home message here is that you need to take your time and do things properly. Yes, I know you want shortcuts, but this is not how you build to real sustainable long-term results. So, slow down, take your time, and as the old cliched expression goes, it's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
So enjoy the journey and the process of transforming your body and learning about yourself.
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