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#467: There Are No Quick Fixes

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

Don't believe any of these sights? emoticon

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.

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  • WALKINGSPARK
    That is true everything takes time. Took years to gain and takes years to lose.

    Wendy
    3633 days ago
  • PUDLECRAZY
    Great blog, Lou. It DOES take time and is part of a process.
    3633 days ago
  • NANHBH
    Amen to that, Lou!
    3633 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    No quick destruction, either. It, too, is a process. Like the remedies, it's a pattern of steps, progressions. What we do (or don't do) today definitely determines our tomorrow, whether for good or for bad. Excellent illustrations, Lou. Thank you!!
    3634 days ago
  • MALEXANDER4
    Truer words never written. I hear daily, how did you do it? Well guys it was hard work is what I tell them. No magic pill to get where we are going. Your so right...one positive day after another will bring us to goal.
    3634 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    Lou you know how to make a woman cry on a sunday morning emoticon .
    Okay i am also watching Hour of Power ;)

    Thanks to make my sunday worth while!!
    3634 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    After growing up with a Mom who went from one "quick fix" to another, I've finally begun to pass this concept to my daughters, Lou, and break the unhealthy cycle! You are such an excellent writer! emoticon
    3634 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    You are the emoticon queen of analogyies. Another great one. You are, of course, right. This has been the first time I've really focused on making life-long habits instead of quick fixes. Also the first time I've been successful at losing weight. We can do it!
    3634 days ago
  • SOBLESSEDTOBE
    That is a great way of looking at things. It applies not just to weight loss, but to just about anything worth having in this world. Thanks for the great outlook.
    3635 days ago
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