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Saturday, May 25, 2013

is a reward in itself. When you have patience great things happen- your blood pressure stays good, no ulcers, no anxiety, productivity increases, creativity flows and very few headaches occur.

Patience in yourself is crucial to getting in shape. In my case, I didn't get fat overnight, and I know it is going to take time to get rid of the excess weight and fatty tissue. It is going to take time to firm up the flabby bits, IF they ever firm up. And that is a big IF at my stage in life. But I am going to try my best, and except whatever happens as it happens.

Patience is needed in my workouts too. When I first started walking, just like everyone else, I couldn't go so far at a fast pace, I had to slow it down. Now , after a year of moving more, I can walk a long time and rather quickly at that.
Now I am trying to incorporate running into my walking, and again, it is taking more time than I'd like it to take. But, I can wait, I am a patient person.

My job is a huge area for patience! I have a large clientele with a variety of idiosyncrasies, I have learned. Any of you who deal with the general public know this. I have mastered the art of diplomacy when it comes to an unusual customer, and believe me, I get highly unusual customers. My patience plays a large role in customer satisfaction, as the requests I get are sometimes way out of left field, way, way out!! But that's another book!

Patience with yourself is probably the hardest kind to master. Learning to accept your slip-ups as just that - slip-ups, is so important to your food plan as well as your exercise regimen. We all have days when we are less than perfect on our diets, we sometimes skip a workout after work because we are too tired from hard day at work. But it is OK. It is OK to mess up, that is normal behavior, no big deal folks. Be patient with yourself and just pick up where you left off at the next session or meal. It is OK.

To sum it up, patience, in all areas of life is so beneficial to your well being - it brings peace of mind, aids in digestion and makes for a great night's sleep, just to name a few of the side effects of being a patient person.

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    Definitely something I need to work on. I have no patience.
    1817 days ago
    one of the hardest things to learn is patience I try to work at this everyday this is a great blog as all of your are. a good message and I love the way you write.
    1822 days ago
    emoticon U Spark Wizard U!! emoticon realistic blog and I voted on it!! (again!) .......... And the 'unusual' customer ..... ya mean like "dresses 4 men" for instance? ............ (I love how U write..... U R one of a kind!!) ........... emoticon
    1822 days ago
    Hi Deb,

    Thanks for the great message. In our fast-paced world, patience is in short supply. Everything needs to be instant, including fitness and weight loss. That is why people fall for fad diets, useless diet pills and odd fitness contraptions. These items offer "instant" weight loss and fitness. Nobody wants to hear that weight loss is long and hard, and fitness takes an investment of time and effort.

    I also like that you are realistic about your expectations. I will never be as fast or as strong as I was in my twenties. My face will never be devoid of wrinkles. So what? We can both enjoy life and make ourselves as good as we can be.

    Thanks, Bruce
    1822 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Patience is a virtue! Great blog, thanks for sharing and giving us all something to think about. You are right, when dealing with the public, you need a lot of patience, but the more you practice it, the better you become at it!
    You are doing fantastic and I find that the flattering clothes certainly hides the parts of our bodies that may never firm up, and you are right, it is ok, we must love ourselves in the size and shape we come in.
    Have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

    1822 days ago
    Ah, patience! Wish they bottled it so I could buy some LOL!
    1822 days ago
    So true. I seem to be short on patience during the hectic day. I'm learning. Baby steps.

    1822 days ago
    Well said! Patience is often squeezed out in the non-stop, plugged in, always on lifestyle we have adapted to. Patience also helps keep us in balance and helps remind us to be a little less me-centric!
    1822 days ago
    emoticon for giving me something to think about. I also have trouble being patient with myself, which inevitably lead to self-doubt.

    "Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures." -Joseph Addison
    1823 days ago
    Great job on your progress so far! Sounds like your patience has paid off. emoticon
    1823 days ago
    So true!!!

    Especially the second to last paragraph!! I always show a lot of patience to others, but when it comes to judging myself, I somehow manage to lose it.
    Great reminder!!! emoticon
    1823 days ago
    Patience is definitely a wonderful quality to have!
    1823 days ago
    Slow and steady wins the race!!! I'm so proud of you.
    1823 days ago
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