Common Mistake:Thinking It Happens Overnight

One of the most important things I tell any client, or even just someone looking for a little fat loss advice, is that it doesn't happen overnight. Sure, you could drop a bunch of scale weight overnight, but true fat loss takes time.

So why don't I take my own advice?

Here is my picture from 4 weeks ago (left) and from this morning (right).











Not bad, but not what I was hoping for after 4 weeks.

But what exactly was it I was hoping for?

That was the question my husband asked me today.

What did I think was going to happen in 4 weeks or even from last week?

He pointed out that I am not training for a competition or a photo shoot like before.

I'm not cutting my calories to the point where I am "dieting".

I made a decision to stop eating a lot of junk like I had been and got my nutrition under control.

That had been my main goal.

And yes, I do feel better, my clothes are fitting better, the scale has gone down 5 pounds and I am seeing more definition.

I should be happy!

But for some reason, and even while I'm typing this I find it hilarious, I thought I would go back to looking like my competition/photo shoot self.

Just like that! *snaps fingers*

Right now my nutrition (again I'm NOT on a diet) is about 80/20. Meaning 80% of my meals during the week follow my nutrition guidelines and 20% of them don't. I'm not necessarily eating "cheat meals", but maybe having something that is not on my plan.

(This is much better than how I was 4 weeks ago. Remember, I was only eating about 50/50 with my nutrition. I was having way too many meals that strayed from my nutrition plan.)

And with eating the way I am now, 80% are compliant with my nutrition plan, it will take a little bit longer.

And you know what?

That's OK!

After talking to my husband it hit me that I was falling into the same trap as a lot of people.

I was thinking that because I tightened up my nutrition, fat should be falling off of me.

Well, that's just not the case.

I don't have a ton of fat to lose.

Sure, I do want to get leaner, but I know I can't be on a perpetual diet. I know what that does to my body and I don't like it, my body doesn't like it and in the end I am not happy with how everything turned out.

And I know it's going to take time.

A mistake I do make from time to time. You would think I would listen to myself when I tell others this. LOL

Sometimes you just needed to be reminded.

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to talk about mistakes.

Mistakes that I make, or made, either with nutrition, my thought process on how fast things should be happening and exercise programs.

I've probably made them all, and like today, still make them.

But I want to help you not make them or get you out of them so you can reach your goals.