“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I’ve seen different translations of this French adage, but they all mean the same: If you want to make lasting healthful changes to your life, don’t rally round quick fixes. Instead, learn to appreciate what true health can offer you.
Yes, I’ve seen people lose weight on a restrictive low calorie diet. I’ve seen people lose weight drinking nothing but shakes. I’ve seen people lose weight on 60 days of insane 2-hour a day workouts. I’ve also seen them gain it all back.
So what’s the point, I ask you? If we’re making changes to better our health, don’t we want those changes to be long-lasting, far-reaching and sustainable? (The answer to that is YES.)
We’ve got to let go of our addiction to quick fixes with lofty promises. Short-term deprivation does not achieve long-term results. When we start from a drastic place and seek drastic results, we can become drastically disappointed. Immediate gratification teaches us nothing in the long run.
Lasting change requires a deep understanding of WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. Learn to love the process of eating well, moving your body, reducing stress and observing how your body responds. Educate yourself. Care for yourself. Respect yourself. Love yourself.
It takes time, patience, dedication, accountability and an open mind. The fruits of your labor will reveal themselves (inside and out), and they’ll be here to stay.
You do the quick fix, then what?
You learn to love yourself and respect your health, you’ll conspire to make all your decisions toward that end goal. Like, forever.
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