Patience is such an outdated word for the times we live in. We are so used to having everything ready to go at a moments notice. So whenever we are forced to wait on anything, it seems excruciating. Patience is an art that I had to relearn through my journey with yoga. Patience is needed in life. I am a big believer in easy come, easy go. If it came easily, it can slip away easily. I once heard a great man say you can lose it twice as fast as you got it (Big Sean). This is completely true regarding the human body.
If you spend a month lifting weights and building muscle, and then take two weeks off, you will actually lose that months' worth of work over those two weeks. Scary right. I am big on having my people show consistency for this reason. Do not work your ass off for a month or two or three, and then take extended time off. We are trying to change lives and build healthy habits. Do not slip back into a sedentary lifestyle. Referring back to the embrace pillar for successs, this is why I encourage experimentation between my people and I. I want to find activities that they truly enjoy so they incorporate it into their life willingly. I want them to enjoy exercising as much as I do. Until they get to that level I want them to be patient until we find something that works for them. Everyone's patience is going to be tested not only multiple times, but in multiple ways.
Another scenario that I commonly see that tests patience is controversy. Most commonly I will see a new bee or a returning client jump into the workouts and feel/see results in a short amount of time and then plateau. Do not get deterred if after working out for a while, that you hit a plateau. IT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE! There is a multitude of things that could be happening. Most commonly, your body has adapted to your lifestyle and needs a change to take it to the next level. This is a good thing. It means you have gotten closer to your goal. If you are not at your goal yet, then it is time to kick it up a notch and experiment with a few different techniques to push you even further. All in all it is going to take time to figure that out. So have patience.
Maybe they have not plateaued' , but their progress has slowed drastically. This is another example of how their patience is being tested. Slow progress is better than no progress. This is also where my train smarter not harder mantra begins to kick in really. Are you timing everything right? Are you eating what and when you are supposed to? Are you cheat days stretching over into cheat weekends? It all counts. Another point I really wanted to make in this passage is that, we all have to answer for the decisions we make with our bodies. What I mean by that is, let's say I have a new client named Jane. Jane has been eating fast food regularly and has not exercised in any way, shape, or form since high school. Jane is also an avid drinker. Jane is now 36. Jane is going to have to work through 18 years of fast food and alcohol! 18 years is a long time to neglect yourself. So in return it is going to take a long time for her to recondition herself. I am going to give my people the blueprint to a healthier BETTER them. They just have to follow it and be patient. This is a true journey.
Patience in large ties back into embracing. Embracing your new lifestyle can not be a sometimes thing. It has to be an all the time thing. That is why we use words like lifestyle and routine, and not diet and sessions anymore. People hear these words and they automatically assume it is all temporary. NO! I want everything that we do to stick forever. Long after I am done training my people, I want them to put everything I have taught them into effect daily. I want them to feel like they are 22 even though they may be 62. We may have started out on the goal of looking good by summer, but in reality it is much bigger than that. It is about feeling good, and a lot of your own feelings are mental not physical. This is what takes us into growth.