This is a reminder that real progress takes time!
We tend to place unrealistic expectations on ourselves. One of the ways we do this is by creating deadlines for our progress.
If you’ve fallen into the trap of setting a time frame, expecting to see progress, and then feeling disappointed when you aren’t where you think you should be, it’s not your fault.
A large amount of business is generated in the fitness industry by telling you that shortcuts and fast results are possible if you just take this magic supplement or try this new diet.
These promises are based on short-term results. Either one of two things will happen. You won’t see the results you are looking for and will end up disappointed, OR you will see the results you are looking for, but they are short-lived.
Eventually you will be right back to where you started (sometimes even farther back), and once again will be disappointed.
For the fitness industry, this is positive, it encourages you to then try another fad diet or supplement that promises fast results.
Continue this pattern for long enough and the fitness industry has made a lot of money off of your short-term results, while you’ve likely yo-yo dieted your way into an unhealthy body; mentally, emotionally, and physically, and gotten farther away from where you want to be.
The road to reaching real, sustainable results does not happen quickly. It requires real lifestyle and habit changes that takes time to sink in.
It is filled with bumps that happen as our bodies change and as life continually gives us new circumstances and challenges.
This post is not to suggest you can’t have certain time frames in mind that you’d like to see progress by. However, we need to make sure the progress we are looking to see is realistic, and is focused on healthy, long-term results.
Do you have goals in mind but you aren’t sure if they are realistic or how to reach them?
Please reach out to me! I would love to help you organize your goals into something meaningful and realistic.