Remember the Aesop's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare? A quick version is that there is a race between the very flashy, very fast, showboat-y Hare that was making fun of a Tortoise saying he just goes so slow and wondered if he ever got anywhere. The Tortoise said he goes faster than the rabbit thinks and that he would challenge the Hare to a race. A fox marks off the course and they start. The Hare jets out of sight ahead of the Tortoise. To tease and mock the Tortoise, the Hare takes a nap on the side of the course. He is sleeping so soundly that the Tortoise eventually moves right past him. By the time the Hare wakes up and realizes, the Tortoise is approaching the finish line. Even with his swift speed, he couldn't catch the Tortoise. The moral of the story is "the race isn't always to the swift!". We are in the business of health and fitness. This journey is NOT a 5-minutes-to-fitness or 10-minutes-a-day sprint. It might look a little silly to others. People may make comments. They may wonder what you are doing and why. Taking time to do your food prep on the weekends, taking the time to mark down what you are eating, spending time with a coach to learn how to move correctly, wrapping bands around your body parts and mashing your legs with a barbell, doing these "crazy and dangerous" workouts, getting all sweaty, exhausted and chalky, working hard. Obviously, plenty of things to point and laugh at but if you stick with it, you will get to a beautiful finish line WAY before those that are on the quick fix. However, it takes consistency and diligence. Diligence is excellence over time and this diligence is where the growth and improvement come from. It's not a week-long process, not a month-long process. Not even a year-long process. It's a marathon! You need to stay in the plan, one step ahead of the next in the same direction. Don't worry what others are doing around you or get sidetracked by the flashy new shiny objects out there that promise instant results. Instant doesn't work or at least doesn't stay for long at all. It takes time to get there and make it stick! Let them laugh, let them talk, let them point, let them wonder. Then let them watch you cross the finish line! Be the healthy and fit Tortoise! :)
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