You've heard it before, patience is a virtue - but did you know that it can also help you lose weight? It works on both physical and energetic levels.
- Less Stress, Better Well-Being
Have you ever noticed that when you feel stressed, your body doesn't seem to function well? Not only does a stressed, impatient state of mind put you at greater risk for illness, you also hinder your body's fat burning processes. The more stressed out and impatient you get, the slower your weight loss progress is going to be.
- Stress and Impatience Trigger Cravings
When you're stressed out and impatient and making slow progress on your goals, you're going to experience more cravings for fattening foods. It's an emotional thing - almost all overweight people eat in response to emotional cues. By trying to rush your weight loss, you immediately start triggering unpleasant feelings that will in turn trigger cravings for the very foods you know you should be avoiding.
- Patience, Fun and Progress
On the other hand, have you ever noticed how fast time goes by when you're feeling good? If you stop trying to race to the finish line and instead just take your time and focus on having fun with your weight loss, it's going to go by much more quickly and easily.
Will you ACTUALLY be losing weight faster, or will it just seem like you are? Who cares! (Okay, yes, it's very possible that you will lose weight more quickly, just because you're more relaxed and focused, rather than stressed out and irritable.)
If you are typically an impatient person, you may be rolling your eyes and shaking your head right now - but developing patience is easier than you probably think.
Start by focusing more on the positive. Think about how wonderful it will be when you reach your weight loss goal - but don't focus on the fact that you're not there yet. Just immerse yourself in pleasant thoughts about the end result, and if you do it often enough it will feel as if you ARE there.
You can also focus on how proud you are of yourself for doing this well so far. Pat yourself on the back for every small victory, and don't worry about the little slip ups if they happen. Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again.
Finally, keep looking back to see how far you've come. Every time you do, you take your attention off of the distance you still have left to travel, and it shrinks a little bit more each time.
| current weight: 248.8