Trusting the Process: It Takes Time

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Nothing worthwhile is accomplished with little time and little effort. Whether it’s a marble statue, a college degree, or graduating from a military occupational specialty (MOS) school in the military, these things take time and effort. Getting healthy, getting fit, and losing weight also takes time and effort.

First things first: trust the process. Sherry and I adopted the Paleo lifestyle three years ago when we started our first Whole30. Since then, I lost 150 lbs and kept it (mostly) off. I say mostly because I recently gained about 18 lbs that I need to once again get rid of. It’s my fault completely, but I know what to do to fix it: I just need to get back to what worked for me (The Paleo Diet). I know that if I eat the right food with sensible portions, I will lose weight even without exercise. The exercise I’m doing will help get me fit for my upcoming military schools, duty, and will also help me get a little more toned in areas that could use it.

Second is getting healthy and losing the weight. I’m pretty healthy, and that’s in large part to having changed my lifestyle completely three years ago. Now, however, I find myself having to lose weight. I wish that it would go away quickly, but the fact of the matter is that it took some time for me to pack it on. It didn’t happen overnight (although it was very easy to pack it on, and it definitely is easier to gain weight than to lose it). I need to take my time and let the weight loss happen. I can hope for a steady 2.5 lbs/week in weight loss at best, although the first week can yield 5 lbs if I am careful (as a lot of that will be water weight).

Third, getting fit. I started that yesterday by hitting the pavement. My first two miles were sub-9’s, and the last, a sub-10. I’m fine with those numbers as I haven’t run in nearly two weeks. But that all ends today. I’ll be running again this afternoon, although I’ve not yet decided if it will be another 3 mile run, or maybe a shorter and slower one. Either way, I’m looking to run a minimum of 5 times a week starting this week. I want to give my body the best chance to get fit, get strong, and to assist my body in shedding all this extra weight.

I have to be patient. I have to trust the process. I have to stick to the rules. I weighed myself yesterday morning: 183.8 lbs. This morning, I was down to 180.1 lbs. That’s mainly water weight I lost between yesterday and this morning, but I’ll take it. I’m hoping for a good 5 lbs lost this first week, and it looks like I’m well on my way to it.

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