I’ve been on a weight loss journey. I track my exercise, what I eat and what I weigh faithfully everyday through a marvelous app called MyFitnessPal and have been doing so for three months. I’ve lost a few pounds, nearly 13 to be exact, and learned a few things.
On the negative side I learned how mindless indiscriminate snacking has been a lifelong habit, and on the positive side how I can enjoy my food and not feel guilty about putting something in my mouth.
But the most valuable thing I’m learning isn’t about food or weight. It’s about the trajectory of change. My chart looks like a descent down the Rockies. Neither smooth nor straight, it juts up and down in daily fluctuation. If I looked at only two or three days, or even a week, I would be too discouraged to continue. It’s only with a little distance perspective that I can see progress, that the direction of my path is clear.
So much of life is like this. That’s why they say hindsight is 2020. Looking back over a long period of time is clarifying, illuminating.
I find that this truth applies in so many other areas, such as the recovery of health, paying off debt, establishing relationships, raising a child, gaining competency in a skill. The discipline we exact does pay off, but a steady growth is hard to perceive instantly. And don’t we want to see progress right away?!
If you’ve started something good, keep it up. If you falter, get up again and keep going in the same direction. Trust the process.
I’d love to hear your stories!