Progress is a Process

Results. Every one wants them, and everyone wants them FAST. Time and time again I tell my patients to not get caught up with the rate of change, but rather, focus on the changes themselves.
A few years ago I discovered the motto of my life. “Progress not Perfection”. I found myself discouraged at making changes in my life because I knew I couldn’t do it perfectly. This perceived reality turned me off from even trying to change, rationalizing that it was pointless to try if I couldn’t do it perfectly. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
They say that the only way to guarantee an outcome is to never try at something. I have found this to be a profoundly true statement. Realistically, progress is a process, and to the dismay of many, not an expedited one.
Identifying progress can be a challenge for many of us. One of the reasons for this is because progress is often very subtle. We want that drastic, radical change, especially when it comes to getting healthy or losing weight, but that’s just not how it works. Because of that, it can be hard to pin point significant change, when we see ourselves day in and day out. The only encouragement I can offer in that regard is to use objective markers to track progress. Tracking your weight trends will be important, but that’s not the end all. Other markers to use are an old pair of jeans you want to fit into again, waist or hip measurements, fasting blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels just to name a few.
Ultimately, the secret to lasting change is commitment and consistency. As long as we stick to it, we will achieve the results we want eventually. It may take longer than we would have liked, but slow and steady wins the race.  
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