I am down 13 lbs on Keto in total. This is the beginning of week 3. I have this preconceived notion that I should lose weight in a WHOOSH every week. I need to wrap my head around how this is actually gonna roll right quick if I want this to work.
I watched a video recently, where I found some hard truths. The hardest truth of all is that weight loss takes something that we don’t always have: patience.
Tremendous progress comes from tremendous patience. ~ Syatt Fitness
I needed to watch that video. I needed to see that patience is the key to long-term success. I have struggled for 4 years off and on trying to lose weight in a semi-successful way. For a couple of years, I gained and lost the same 20 lbs. Then, I got down to my lowest weight in years and I lost my patience. Yes, that’s really what happened. I realize that now. Internally, I said fuck it. When you put in a tremendous amount of effort, you expect the same in the results. We want a tremendous effort to output tremendous results, right? Well, our bodies sometimes don’t work the way we expect them to. Certain foods, our metabolism, and stress levels factor in on this. Some of this is just not in our control, even if we think it is.
Patience. It’s such a common sense and logical term, isn’t it? On some level, I think we all know this. Whether we say it or put a word to it, this is something we know deep down. I can’t tell you how many times I thought “Man if I would have just stuck with this I’d be at goal by now”. I don’t want this as a deep regret of mine because it seems like this weight struggle seems to top all of my lists.
I’m going to be patient and stick to this; really for real stick to this. I don’t need to kill myself at the gym, though getting in some regular exercise is a goal of mine as it should be. Even if I just take 20 minute walks every day. I’m not out to run a 5k or win the next iron man race but I can spare 20 minutes a day.
I know that if I reach my goal within a year, then the factors aligned for me and I was able to do that. However, I believe that a reasonable expectation is that I will reach my goal in 2 years by sticking with this. When you think about it, 2 years is just a drop in the bucket and all I have is time. How much time? Well, every day that the good Lord gives me is a gift and I don’t want to waste it on regret.
The video I speak of is posted below, for when some wandering lost soul comes to this blog in search of weight loss wisdom. Dear lost soul, this is for you.