Trust the Process

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As a culture we are results driven especially when it comes to nutrition and fitness. We see a progress picture of someone that lost 20 pounds in 10 days (cue eye roll) and now has a six pack. We think “I want that and I want it NOW.”

While that can be inspiring, our obsession with the results holds us back from actually reaching our goals. We become so focused on the end game that we lose sight of the process.

Change does not happen overnight. I hate to break it to you but you can’t eat healthy for one week and expect to see immediate results.

But, if you make the choice to eat healthy for 3 months, 6 months, a year- then heck yes you’ll see results! The magic lies in the day by day choices and actions that lead to those results- aka the process.

All of the quick fixes out there are only focused on the results- not the process. At the end of your challenge or at the end of your detox what did you actually take away? What habits have you created? What foods are you afraid of now? Have you been able to keep the weight off?.

Fact: “Weight loss strategies are only transiently effective for most people, as the vast majority of individuals who attempt to lose weight are not able to achieve and maintain a 10% reduction over a year (1). Over a third of lost weight tends to return within the first year and the majority is gained back within 3 to 5 years” (2,3)

Fad diets and extremes ARE NOT sustainable. It is so important to create and develop habits that you can sustain for the rest of your life. Build a foundation of healthy habits so that as you evolve or when life happens you have a solid base to fall back on and grow from.

What we do on a day to day basis determines the measures of our success. Take a look at these scenarios:

1) You eat mostly healthy during the week but you have a full on “cheat” day every Saturday (I hate that term, but I’ll save that for another post.)

2) You just started a new “diet” plan. You stay 100% strict on it and guilt yourself if you even think about going off the plan.

3) You are eating healthy and every now and then you *choose* to treat yo’self. After that indulgence you move on and get right back to crushing #alltheveggies etc. You realize that one “off” meal won’t completely halt your progress and you also know that it’s important to hop right back on the health train.

Which one do you relate to most? When you start to eat healthy and change your nutrition progress will not be linear. The scale will fluctuate (but guess what #youaremorethananumber and #thescaleisaliar), you’ll have days where you slip up, and you’ll have days where you have zero desire to eat healthy.  But you have the power to make daily choices that take you closer to your goal. You have the power to say no to a cookie if it doesn’t serve you. You have the power to schedule an hour once a week to meal prep. You have the power to focus on all the nourishing foods you’re eating rather than focusing on the foods you aren’t eating.

It’s not about perfection, it’s all about consistency. And a strong commitment to that consistency. Commitment to consistency creates change. 

Start small- it doesn’t have to be a radical change. Commit to eating a vegetable at every meal. Commit to getting in 10 minutes of movement each day. Commit to drinking a glass of water right when you wake up every morning. Commit to (insert goal here).

It’s those small daily commitments that will lead to greater results. Stick it out, trust the process, nourish, and flourish!

“Little by little, a little becomes a lot”

Nutrition coach Kelly Phu will not only help you make better decisions when it comes to nutrition, she will help you create a healthier relationship with food and habits that are sustainable long term. Get started with her by scheduling your free consultation below!

Further Reading

Sleep = Results

Why There is More to Weight Loss Than Counting Calories

Stop “Cheating” On Your Nutrition

Sources

1. Kraschnewski JL, Boan J, Esposito J, Sherwood NE, Lehman EB, Kephart DK, Sciamanna CN

Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Nov; 34(11):1644-54.

 2. Weiss EC, Galuska DA, Kettel Khan L, Gillespie C, Serdula MK

Am J Prev Med. 2007 Jul; 33(1):34-40.