What is this obsession with losing weight fast?
Look, I understand we all want to reach our goals, but what difference does it make if it takes 6 months, a year or 3 years. The point is to reach the goal right?
When I started my keto journey, I was truly desperate to get the weight off and get off meds. I didn’t really think about how long it would take, I just put one foot forward in front of the other and kept going.
Did I stall? Yes.
Did it frustrate me? Yes.
Did I ever consider quitting because it was going slow? NO.
Where is the logic in, “I’ve been doing this WOE for 6 weeks and I’ve only lost 6 pounds! I am about to give up!” or, “I am in a two week stall! This WOE isn’t working for me!”
Those kind of comments are posted every day on our Ketogenic Success Facebook group and I just don’t get it.
I suppose if giving up carbs is something you only want to do temporarily, then I can see why you’d want to get it over with quickly. However, doing it temporarily is just a waste of your time, since when you add them back to your life you will eventually gain the weight back.
If that is your plan, don’t bother.
I always say we live in a microwave society. We want what we want when we want it and we don’t want to work hard to get it. The harder we have to work for something the less appealing it seems to be for a lot of people. I see it as mental weakness, and I don’t mean that as a insult. It’s an observation. I think it is reality.
Keep in mind, I was there. I was mentally weak, which made me physically weak because our actions go in the directions of our thoughts. I decided that in order to succeed, to get over the disappointment of it going slow, I had to be mentally indestructible so I could be physically strong.
It isn’t easy, but when you want something bad enough, it doesn’t have to be easy.
You find a way.
Or you make a way.
You don’t whine when your weight loss is slow, you remember that even slow progress is progress.
You need to remind yourself that Keto isn’t just weight loss and that even if the scale is barely moving that you are healing from the inside out. You are losing inflammation, your cholesterol numbers are improving, your insulin sensitivity is healing, your blood sugar numbers are normalizing, and you now have more energy.
All those things matter. I know you want to lose the weight. And you just want to get there. But be patient. I put on and put off weight from 7th grade to just a little over two years ago. I had a lifetime of yo-yoing and destructive thoughts and behavior when it came to food, health, exercise, nutrition, etc.
I wasn’t going to fix it overnight. It still isn’t fixed.
It will never be fixed.
It’s work. Daily work to heal.
I get better everyday and that is the best I can hope for. I feel awesome. I look better now than I did in my early twenties when I was “skinny fat,” and I learn more about myself and my body every day. It’s a journey, not a short trip.
One day at a time. One foot in front of the other. One good choice leads to more good choices. It happens when we do what needs to be done and we do it with the right attitude and goal in mind.
You either want this or you don’t. Quit attaching a time frame and just live keto.
The results will come.