Blank 10 x 8 inI am a word person. I love words. I love when authors use words in magical ways. I love quotes. I hold onto quotes that have been meaningful to me in different seasons of my life. I find myself pulling quotes out of my brain from the past to help me through whatever I’m going through presently. Right now, I am working on myself – my fitness and my weight (yes….here we go again). I have been successful once before losing weight and getting in really good shape, so I know I can do it. I’ve also failed way more times than I have triumphed, so I understand when even my closest friends and family doubt me. (It’s all good though…doubters are just fuel for my comeback).

So I’m currently finishing up my first full week of being intentionally focused on losing 40 pounds. I have worked out everyday except today (my sabbath). I have make food choices that I feel really good about. I feel better. I am proud of myself for sticking with what I started – granted its only been a week, but that IS progress. Right?! But, like many of us in this modern society, I want some instant gratification! I feel like I should be seeing results. I should look different in the mirror. That dang number on the scale should be getting smaller! Why am I so frustrated that there are no visible results for all of my hard work?! I do feel better, so why isn’t that enough?

As I pouted my way out of the bathroom this morning after the scale betrayed me, I was reminded of a quote that has been important to me at many times in my life. TRUST THE PROCESS! These words seem simple and perhaps they are overused, but these three words hold so much meaning and power for me. These words guided me through some very dark times in my life.This weight loss journey is definitely a process. It will not happen overnight. It won’t happen in a month. It may not happen in a year. But it WILL happen as long as I allow myself to remember that it is indeed a process. It will require trust on my part. My “instant gratification” will have to come from the small wins along the way. My results will have to come from my non scale victories from day to day. I am so thankful for the words that I hold tight from the past, and for the words that I learn each day that teach me lessons and keep me strong.

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