Patience is not my virtue. I’m a get-it-done-and-move-along kind of girl. I don’t like to wait for trains, doctor’s offices or Christmas, even. Yes, I am the one who usually figures out what my gifts are about six hours after they appear under the tree. I read books fast, make meals that are quick and easy and always try to figure out a shortcut from point A to B. Get the picture?
So I’m on a learning curve as far as patience goes in getting healthy. I want results and I want results now!! Six weeks in? I should be at my goal weight! Even though I don’t have a goal weight, because, as I keep reminding myself, it’s not the numbers. But surely I should have lost more than this by now, right?
Wrong. Oh, so wrong. As I have to keep reminding myself, I have embarked on a life-long journey–I hope. My goal isn’t a number or a dress size. It’s feeling good and getting healthy, which includes lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, hopefully without needing medication. It’s being able to keep up with my kids and grandkids and maybe finally feeling like being more outdoors adventurous. Growing up, I was never still. All kinds of sports, bike riding, swimming, ice skating, sledding,etc. I want to feel that urge and motivation to go DO something. Maybe this is my midlife crisis, but, hey, it’s better than buying a sports car, right?
So today’s kick in the butt is to remind myself that anything worth doing well is worth the time to do it right. And to remember what Erica told me one afternoon at Anytime Fitness, “A year from now it will still be a year from now. You can either start working slowly and steadily now and be a year further along, or you can be right where you are only it’s a year later.”
Sigh…so patience it is. And I’m throwing the scale away.