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The hare and the tortoise…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The hare and the tortoise…

I have a problem. You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare right? Well I am the hare. As sad as I am to admit it I like to hurry up and get things done quickly so that I can be done and take a nap. I am learning that with weight loss it really is no difference. I am inpatient and I want to SEE results right now. I don’t care that the number on the scale is changing I want to fit into smaller clothes and see my body shrinking to a smaller, healthier, size and I want it now. I started this journey thinking that it would just start to fall off and that I would be skinny again before I knew it and the sun would shine and I would be happy crossing the finish line really fast….

Well, I really need to learn how to think like the tortoise. Because, let’s face it, that guy is smart. He is just taking it one day at a time and one step at a time and no matter how long it takes he is happy with the results and happy along the way. And he isn’t expecting miracles or instant gratification because in weight loss those things just don’t work out. There are no quick fixes and no magic pills. I know that much already. So I have just jumped in with both feet and took off from the starting line like the hare and now here I am outta steam and my momentum is faltering.

It really is only a matter of time before perspective changes and that tortoise passes me up and I just jump up and start running again to try and win the race but we all know how that story ends. The tortoise crosses the finish line first because the hare is just too willing to slow down and take a nap. That is how I feel about my motivation and momentum right now, they are taking a nap. I have lost an amazing amount of weight so far, 25 pounds. That is something to be proud of because I have never made it so far in the past. And as happy as I am to be in this race, I really wish I could find the perspective of the tortoise so that I can just plug along day after day until I cross the finish line and feel happy about my progress along the way.

I am not giving up this time like I have in the past. I will not stop trying to reach that finish line I can see it too clearly now. I just wish it wasn’t so easy to lose momentum and motivation along the way. I am off to a really strong start so why am I faltering? I know what I want so why am I losing momentum?

I have a problem. You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare right? Well I am the hare. As sad as I am to admit it I like to hurry up and get things done quickly so that I can be done and take a nap. I am learning that with weight loss it really is no difference. I am inpatient and I want to SEE results right now. I don’t care that the number on the scale is changing I want to fit into smaller clothes and see my body shrinking to a smaller, healthier, size and I want it now. I started this journey thinking that it would just start to fall off and that I would be skinny again before I knew it and the sun would shine and I would be happy crossing the finish line really fast….

Well, I really need to learn how to think like the tortoise. Because, let’s face it, that guy is smart. He is just taking it one day at a time and one step at a time and no matter how long it takes he is happy with the results and happy along the way. And he isn’t expecting miracles or instant gratification because in weight loss those things just don’t work out. There are no quick fixes and no magic pills. I know that much already. So I have just jumped in with both feet and took off from the starting line like the hare and now here I am outta steam and my momentum is faltering.

It really is only a matter of time before perspective changes and that tortoise passes me up and I just jump up and start running again to try and win the race but we all know how that story ends. The tortoise crosses the finish line first because the hare is just too willing to slow down and take a nap. That is how I feel about my motivation and momentum right now, they are taking a nap. I have lost an amazing amount of weight so far, 25 pounds. That is something to be proud of because I have never made it so far in the past. And as happy as I am to be in this race, I really wish I could find the perspective of the tortoise so that I can just plug along day after day until I cross the finish line and feel happy about my progress along the way.

I am not giving up this time like I have in the past. I will not stop trying to reach that finish line I can see it too clearly now. I just wish it wasn’t so easy to lose momentum and motivation along the way. I am off to a really strong start so why am I faltering? I know what I want so why am I losing momentum?

I suppose now it the time I look at my first list of goals and my reasons for starting this journey so that I can get back my motivation and my momentum and continue a journey that will change my life for the better...
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MERRYMARY42 4/23/2014 6:58PM

    it seems like the more I try, the more I stay the same, but everyone tells me, I am replacing fat with muscle, emoticon personally I would like to see a change on the scales too,

I guess we are all more like the hare in this instance.

Good luck, it will happen.

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MLHAYES17 4/23/2014 5:23PM

    I am like you also I want it right now but reality is for me the soonest would be Christmas and probably more like January or Feburary. So I know how you feel. We just cant quit is the key. emoticon emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 4/23/2014 5:12PM

    I do remember that story, and unfortunately, I am also like you. I want the instant gratification and I want to be done with dieting and exercise and just be thin already. I am just now picking up the mindset of the tortoise after being on my "official" weight loss journey for nearly two years. I really had some momentum for about 15 months and these last 8 months, I have "taken a nap". Unfortunately, I woke up 18 pounds heavier. Now I am really trying to respect the process and focus on the habits that create weight loss.

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