How Practicing Patience Can Help You Succeed

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In a world where everyone wants immediate responses, results and rewards, it becomes necessary to familiarize ourselves once again with the importance of patience. We navigate our day-to-day lives using tools that provide us instant answers through Google, constant communication through text or e-mail and purchases that show up on our doorstep overnight. And because of images and ads we see that make claims for miracle weight loss supplements or programs that ensure they can turn you into an instant millionaire, we have become desensitized to the idea that certain things take time and they are worth waiting and/or working for.

Let’s apply the idea of patience to ourselves. Answer the following question honestly: Do you practice patience with yourself?

You may be quick to say “yes,” or brush off the question and automatically think, “of course I do,” but is that the truth? Are you patient when it takes time and dedication at the gym to sculpt and strengthen your ideal body? Are you patient when you make a mistake at work? What about when you’re feeling overwhelmed about your responsibilities and are falling behind on your “To Do” list?

If we are not patient with ourselves, we lose the opportunity to heal, grow and continue taking steps towards success. We also end up setting expectations that are too high and become a slave to trying to fulfill them. The biggest loss we encounter from dismissing the practice of patience is not appreciating or enjoying the small successes that we achieve along our journey towards our big goals.

Like any skill, patience takes practice. Think about a sport or talent that you have. Whether you’re a baseball player, a writer or a pianist, you were not good to begin with. You had to improve your skill one day at a time, with much focus and dedication. This same process applies to any other achievement that you set your sights on; and that includes becoming a patient person.

When your focus is on losing weight and feeling comfortable in your own skin, look in the mirror each day and instead of zeroing in on your faults, love the person that you see. Celebrate with a solo dance party in your living room when your clothes start to fit better instead of when the numbers start dropping on the scale. Give yourself a pat on the back every time you make a healthy food substitution or decline that tempting slice of cheesecake on the dessert menu. And don’t beat yourself up in those moments that temptation wins out–because those moments will certainly happen. What matters most is that you remain patient with yourself and never give up.

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” -Saadi

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3 Ugly Eating Habits You Should’ve Quit Yesterday

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When it comes to how, what and when you eat, the majority of us have picked up some practices that are only doing damage to our overall health, all while completely throwing us off-course from our better body goals. If you’re ready to finally feel confident in that bikini and enjoy all the perks that go along with feeding your body right, then ditch the following practices right now.

  1. Always choosing the Fat Free option. Fat has become the main villain in our cast of food component characters. And yet, fat itself does not make you fat. (What does? To put it simply, overeating and unbalanced diets.) Brace yourself for the most important piece of information here: You need fat. Yes, NEED. Healthy fats are essential in your diet for growth development and certain cell functions. Your brain contains nerves that are wrapped in a material that is made up of essential fats. Another important role that fat plays is assisting in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Focus on adding monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats into your diet, while limiting saturated and trans fats.
  1. Eating an excess of processed foods. When you focus on whole foods (basically, stuff that doesn’t come in a box and have a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce listed on it), you are nourishing your body with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that it needs in order to function properly. You also usually get more satisfaction from this type of diet and have less of a tendency to still be hungry, (which can then lead to overeating and more than likely, excess weight). “Diet” foods that are calorie-controlled, sugar-free and fat-free can be culprits for causing hormone imbalance. So forget counting calories and restricting yourself to labeled boxes. Focus on real (whole) food.
  1. “Forgetting” to eat. Your life is busy. You wear a bunch of different hats and you feel like you need to be the Energizer Bunny from the moment you roll out of bed in the morning til the moment you collapse right back into it at night. Guess what! Not taking the time out to eat proper meals is going to backfire on all of your plans to stay busy and productive. It also isn’t going to sit well with your desire to stay slim and toned. Not eating enough can slow down your metabolism and though you may think you should be losing weight because you’re not taking in very many calories, your body makes up for the missing fuel. It ends up burning your stored fuel (fat!) at a slower pace. Throw in the unavoidable truth that you will end up overindulging once you finally do stop and eat and you simply have a recipe for disaster. Do yourself a favor and stop skipping meals. You absolutely need to eat more than once or twice a day.

There’s no need to freak out if any of these actions are part of your regular routine. You are not the only one. Changing habits takes time and consistency. Tackle them one at a time so that you do not feel overwhelmed. Try to avoid processed and diet foods at all costs for 30 days, without worrying about any other diet-related goals and when that month is over, you’ll be feeling and looking fabulous, my friend! Once you’ve conquered one ugly habit, you will be empowered and feel confident about dealing with the rest.


Breaking free of routines that do not serve your health is an essential part of becoming your vibrant, beautiful and renewed you. Are you ready to put together a unique plan to get real results that fits easily into your busy schedule? Book your complimentary Health Coaching consultation today so that you can stop waiting on and wishing for your transformation.