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Patience?… Lame!…

The question of “When?” is a common one when it comes to health… and especially training.

“When do I stop lifting this god forsaken weight!?”

“When do I get to eat chocolate cake?”

“When is my session over?”

Typically, the answers are as follows…

“When I say so”

“Never”

and…

“Your session started 30 seconds ago… you still have 59 minutes and 30 seconds.”

This brings me to the topic of patience. Boredom is something that happens in your mind, not in your body. So much of what we see in the health and fitness industry are new (useless) products being marketed, advertised, and sold all because everyone decided that what we had been doing had all of a sudden become boring. So when you say things like,

“Verity, I’ve been working out forever (aka 2 days straight) and I seriously cannot shed this weight around my midsection (aka I had popcorn and Sour Patch Kids and a Cherry Slurpie at the movies last night)! I don’t know what to do (aka I know exactly what I need to do but I really don’t want to so I’m hoping you’ll tell me something besides the truth that will make me feel better).”

Well, when you say things like that, my questions for you are, “What diet were you on to gain that weight?” and, “What training regimen were you on to not lose that weight?” Ok, let’s change that, AND let’s COMMIT to some serious time in a new routine (aka longer than 2 days). After those first two days go by and “You’re bored”, I don’t care. No one ever got good (let alone great!) by doing something one time or inconsistently their entire lives. Spend time DOING the work, both physical and mental. Sit still and be patient through the discomfort while passing through the candy aisle at the grocery store and the boredom you may experience from time to time. Being bored can be incredibly rewarding. Boredom, after all, has nothing to do with low self esteem or feelings of inadequacy that a lot of us feel when we are unhealthy. For that reason alone, a little boredom, and a phenomenally fit physique sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

 

Yours in health, happiness, and controlling your ADD,

Verity Somers

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