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The Frustration of Progress

 

I understand how easy it can be to become beyond frustrated, when you’re working hard, and it takes a while for your progress to start showing. I work with a lot of people, especially women, who are annoyed that they aren’t seeing results as soon as they hoped. I completely understand how frustrating it can be, but we have to first remember that finding a good balance overall, is what is important – along with how you feel. We get bombarded on a daily basis by worldly sources that say we should look a certain way, or weigh a certain amount.

 

First of all, we are all different! We were not all meant to be the exact same size or weight the same. I absolutely loathe the BMI index chart. It’s so unreasonable. To think that everyone in the same height category should also weigh the same, is ridiculous. There are so many other factors that need to be considered!! Athletes alone blow this chart completely out of the water. Bone density, muscle mass, height, and how you feel is important. There it is again, the word feel.

 

The world tells us that when we are skinny, we will feel good too! Ah-hem, but it’s wrong. I’ve met LOTS of men and women who were within that proper BMI body weight, and they felt miserable! Skinny does NOT automatically equal healthy! Now, this doesn’t mean that being morbidly obese is that proper answer either. My point is that you can’t allow a general world view to dictate your size, shape, weight, and how you feel – do you have more energy? Do you sleep better at night? Do you feel less bloated? If you’re answering yes to those questions, then you’ve made progress in your journey! Just because your outward physical form hasn’t caught up yet, doesn’t mean you are failing.

 

We have to remember that it wasn’t overnight that it all happened. (Despite it sometimes feeling that way) Trust me, I know. In 2010 I underwent emergency surgery for Ovarian Torsion, requiring the removal of a large cyst and the tube itself. After the surgery, I was so incredibly swollen and bloated. I swore for the longest time that it was like that bloating just never went down, and that was the start of it. That I was swollen, and the swelling never went away. The truth is, my body had been working against me for a while. I didn’t eat great (didn’t eat enough) and exercised myself silly. My weight was less, but I wasn’t healthy. The surgery then set in motion a whole cascade of events that eventually lead me down the road of estrogen dominance, adrenal resistance, and glucose imbalance. This then became a 2 year journey of healing. I’m still on the path to getting healthier everyday. I haven’t reached my goal yet, but I’m on my way there. I’ve made progress, and that’s more than I could have said even just a couple years ago. So do I get frustrated that I’m not where I want to be yet? You bet! Bt I have to remind myself as well that I’ve come a long long way, and I’ve made SO much progress. So like I said… I get it.

 

It’s going to take time for our body to understand that it’s now receiving the support that it really needs. It takes work on our part. Doing everything that we need, and are suppose, to do. The mind is a powerful thing and plays an integral part in our healing, I don’t deny that. But just thinking about doing something isn’t going to solve it either. As we implement the changes, our body will slowly adapt (takes some longer than others, depending upon how complicated their case is). Our body will begin to properly regulate, and then start releasing that fat that we really don’t need. Or for some, begin to gain the fat that is desperately needed.

 

Let’s look at something like Adrenal Fatigue – which is a common issue within my practice. When our body has been stressed for a period of time, and our adrenals have been working overtime cranking out that cortisol hormone, our system gets worn out. So we not only have to jump-start those systems again by supporting them through nutrition (and supplements), but also allow it the time it needs to also reset and understand the new normal. Think of it like an older computer. If we never run updates, it does ok, but after a while it begins to run sluggish. When we run the main system update we give it a little jump start – although we’re often left sitting there waiting for the little bar to move across the screen, because it takes time. Once that update is done, we then still have to work on the updates to the other programs that run on the computer. The updates that couldn’t be done until the main system update had been ran. So piece by piece, we sit and wait, allowing the updates to run through the system. Then after a bit –voila! It’s like a whole new computer!

 

Each person is different (remember). Some may see changes within the first week or two, others may not see it for a month or more. It depends on what all is going on, and the length of time that your body has been going through it. So stick with it! Our society has become one of instant gratification – hurry in our car somewhere rather than having to walk or bike; if that webpage takes 2 seconds longer to load, we’re on to the next one; even instant money deposits are offered through companies like Square and Venmo. So just remember that unfortunately, our bodies aren’t instant. Artists probably understand this the best. It takes time to create a masterpiece. To carefully carve out their vision in stone, to transfer their thoughts to a canvas, to wait and capture that perfect moment on film.

 

If you feel like you’re struggling more than you should be, or need assistance in figuring out exactly what you should be doing to reach your goals, don’t hesitate to reach out. That’s exactly what us professionals are here for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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