When it comes to patience, not many of us acquire this humble skill. I plead the fifth. Not only in life is patience necessary, but especially in weight loss/fitness. When our bodies feel stressed, it holds onto weight. Which, in turn, causes us to become more frustrated, increasing cortisol, equaling failed fitness goals met.
What is cortisol?
Cortisol is what is called the “stress hormone”. It is the adrenal hormone essential to maintain homeostasis (adrenalfatigue.org). It affects many responses in our bodies. The one symptom that stands out the most to me is the Fat, Protein, Carb metabolism for maintaining blood glucose. Up until the age 25, I could lose body fat pretty fast, yet gain it back just as quickly. Now, I find that I can still gain it quickly and lose it so slow. 😒 This is why macro counting is so effective and goes along with cortisol maintenance.
I never really had a belly before and this is my first time carrying more fat there! I loathe it. I am a highly stressed individual and I am sure my cortisol has increased within the past few months. Some steps I take to help alleviate stress are walks in the park, hiking, beach trips, reading, knitting, writing, blogging, THE GYM!, spending time with loved ones… anything that can help decrease my stress levels. I even take adrenal fatigue support to help with my stress. (Can be bought at any local natural health store) Granted, some of my stomach is due to poor dieting or lack of movement. Now, that I have a desk job, I do a lot less than before. 😟
Anyway…… constantly ranting….. Back to patience. We can see the harmful effect that lack of patience can produce. It harms our minds and bodies. It will almost always sabotage our fitness efforts. Let me help you, help me!!!!!!!!!!!!
Take a look at this article ‘Why Patience Can Make You Lose Weight Faster’
All of us want the end result, but why not enjoy the actual journey getting to it. I tend to stay irritated and annoyed when I am impatient with my body changing. That isn’t changing a thing. Let’s enjoy the journey together with a patient attitude.
Luke 12:25, “Who of you by being anxious can add a cubit* to his life span?”