FYI- I'm moving everything over here from the Nancy Flock Fitness page, so this is actually a post I wrote last year, but still very relevant as I get ready to plant my garden again this year!
This summer I decided to grow a garden after last years success with it, but have found that gardening definitely tests your patience. In the beginning, so much work goes into digging in the dirt, pulling weeds and watering your garden for weeks before you can eat anything from it.
I've also progressed my workout routines to include more lifting and DOMS comes around now (aka I'm sore!). I'm not going to lie, that's just what lifting does to you! Especially with eccentric contractions which are where you can get the most bank for your buck, but that's another post in itself for another time.
Anyways, just like my garden it’s been around 2-3 weeks and I'm getting impatient about seeing more definition. Well the reality is it will probably take closer to 4-8 weeks maybe even 12 to really notice all my hard work. This is just like my garden!
The takeaway from this is that if you’re new to an exercise program and you feel like you’re are putting in all of this work and getting no ROI just trust in the lifestyle change, keep working hard in the gym and kitchen. One day down the road, you will see the change just be patient!
Being patient is definitely one of those things that is easier said than done. Here's a few tips on how to develop this skill in such an impatient world of instant everything.
As for my garden, some plants are flowering but no veggies yet...A collage of future zucchinis, tomatoes and peppers. Cheers to growth!
Bolton, J. (2011) Four Steps to Developing Patience: Your Zesty Self retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-zesty-self/201109/four-steps-developing-patience