Today I saw three totally unbelievable sights.
First was a house that had the foundation slab poured. When it dried, the entire house suddenly appeared, completely finished and decorated.
Next was a show about a car factory. Seems all the car's part's, engine, doors, etc., were all thrown into a huge hopper and voila, out came a finished car, radio playing and a/c blowing.
Last was a neighbor who had nursed an oak tree seed to root then planted it in the yard. A few seconds later the tree was 2o feet high with a solid cover of leaves.
Don't believe any of these sights?
You shouldn't. The house, the car and the oak tree all take time to become what they are intended to become. The house could take days, the car hours and the tree years to reach their useful purpose.
But so often don't we want our weight loss to be instantaneous, like the magically appearing house or car or tree? But that's not how it works. We must gather our detailed plans and give our efforts time to develop roots deep enough to provide us a strong grip on our new habits. Changing our eating and incorporating exercise into our days does not become habit overnight, does it?
We need to admit to ourselves that our weight gains did not happen in the time it takes to snap our fingers. When we do, then we will be in a position to begin eliminating the bad behaviors that brought us to where we are today and to begin moving in a more positive direction for our long-term health.
Sure, we might become ill and lose pounds because of not eating, but that loss may not last. Like a solidly built house or car or a mighty oak, we are more likely to enjoy long-lasting results if we create a plan, diligently stick to it and keep our eyes on the image of what we will look like when we have have reached our goal.
A race may be won by the swift, but weight loss success will be won by those who persevere, day by day, and pound by pound. There are no quick fixes.