Read this ONE book and finally break through your weight loss plateau…

My least favorite nighttime story growing up as a kid was The Tortoise and the Hare because the message of slow and steady wins the race totally KILLED ME.

S E R I O U S L Y. The idea that I couldn’t have what I wanted WHEN I wanted it was like the worst news ever. Not because I’m lazy and opposed to hard work, but because when I want something I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want it and the idea of waiting for said thing makes me want to lose my mind.

As a child I would legitimately pretend to be asleep LONG BEFORE my mom finished reading that damn story because I wanted her to shut her mouth and stop speaking about such nonsense as PATIENCE.

They say patience is a virtue, but I’ve always lived in the belief that waiting for something was a giant pain in my ass.

Instant gratification is more my speed.

My WHOLE life I’ve lived this way. I want something (anything honestly) and I find a way to have it NOW – and if I’m being honest with you that mindset has totally fucked me up on more than one occasion. NO JOKE.

BUT after 331/2 years on this earth I’ve found the solution to my giant patience problem (which I’m going to share with you shortly, so read on boo), but first let me tell you a little story;

 

Once upon a time in a land far, far away (Yakima), lived a BEASTY and totally fearless teenager (ME).

This lady beast teen (again, ME) played softball and was super good – LIKE HELLA GOOD.

*I can say that now, because I’m no longer an athlete of any kind and it’s nostalgia speaking and not my ego, so bear with me*

Anyhow, I was great. I was ballsy. I was fast(ish),  and I would do ANYTHING to win a game.

One particular game I agreed to a rather risky dash to home plate on a bunt to win a game and in the process slid into what seemed like a TANK of a girl and broke my tibia and fibula completely in half – like I’m talking French gymnast guy at the Olympics broken (If you don’t know what I’m talking about you should DEFF google it now so you have an image to go along with this story. And I apologize when you dry heave up your breakfast).

ANYHOW…

It was awful.

I ended up in surgery to place a titanium alloy rod down the center of my tibia and was told by my orthopedic surgeon (after a grip of months, numerous appointments and a billion x-rays) to start applying light pressure for a few minutes each day to the broken leg to start building up the muscle mass that had atrophied.

Okay, fair enough. Seems harmless.

HOWEVER, my radically impatient self took his advice and magnified it to a whole new level of stupid.

If a little bit of pressure is what the doc ordered, than I was going to add a whole lot of walking (without my walking cast OR crutches) and speed this shit up.

And that’s just what I did.

I WALKED on my BROKEN leg EVERY chance I got (which usually meant when my parents were gone, because they wouldn’t have allowed such stupidity) for approximately three weeks, until my next appointment for x-rays where my doctor informed me that, although the bones were previously on the mend, they were now just as broken as the day the accident took place.

I MEAN WTF?!

Was I so impatient to get this recovery train on the road that I was actually impatient (and stupid) enough to unintentionally BREAK MY OWN LEG again?

The answer to that question is a big, fat YES.

I remember the doctor looking at me in utter shock and asking me, “Well didn’t it hurt to walk on it that much?”

AGAIN, the answer was YES.

BUT the self-inflicted physical pain was NOTHING compared to the agony of WAITING for the recovery and results I wanted- I couldn’t handle the idle time where it seemed like no progress was happening, so I took a shortcut and screwed myself ROYALLY.

AND I WISH I could say that I learned the “patience is a virtue” lesson from that little experience.

But I didn’t.

I’ve tried every crash diet you can think of for a QUICK FIX, I’ve thrown in the towel on too many goals to count because it would take too long, and I’ve QUIT jobs, people, training programs – YOU NAME IT – because I wasn’t getting what I wanted as FAST AS I WANTED it.

I’m not proud of this behavior, and actually looking back on all the things my impatience has sabotaged actually breaks my heart a little bit. So many times I was THIS CLOSE to getting what I wanted, but I just couldn’t wait…

So I quit.

OR I took a shortcut and ended up farther away from the goal than I was to begin with.

 

And the ironic thing is: I witness my weight loss clients pulling a TEENAGE TASHA MOVE all the time…

As far as I’m concerned they’ve got GOLD in their hands – their plans are fool-proof.

Every calorie is accounted for, each macro carefully laid out. They know what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat it.

I’m no genius, it’s SCIENCE – but I think through EVERY SINGLE detail to ensure that the goals they’ve expressed to me can be met through the plan I place in their hand, yet when the scale isn’t moving as fast as they’d like they cheat, or quit or come up with a reason why their initial goal has lost it’s luster.

It’s heartbreaking because they are THIS CLOSE.

 

Sound familiar?

 

Well, if it does, you’re in luck – because after all this impatience, stupidity and quitting I’ve learned the trick to MASTERING PATIENCE:

…drumroll please….

 

“HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?

ONE BITE AT A TIME.”

-my dad

 

TAaaaaaDAAaaaaaa!!!

There you have it folks- the key to weight loss lies within that 11 word, two sentence nonsense that my father would say to me every change he got and after HALF my life I finally found the value in it.

I know.

I know.

It sounds CRAZY and probably annoys you just as much as it annoyed me EVERY time my dad would say it to me – BUT it’s true.

THIS is the key to your success with weight loss…(or muscle gain, or performance based goals, or ANYTHING ELSE in the history of EVER.)

You just gotta put in the work bite by bite and suddenly you’re winning the race or fitting into those jeans you NEVER thought you would again.

In life there are no shortcuts. I’ve learned that the hard way…

 Weight loss is a process – and when it’s done the RIGHT way it’s slow and steady.

If you’re trying to drop the LBS then you need to understand the above statement FOR REAL.

Losing 1-2lbs per week is healthy and sustainable weight loss for the average person- so if the goal is to lose 20lbs SAFELY and SUSTAINABLY that will take you approximately 8-20weeks.

Could you lose weight faster? I mean sure – you could totally jump on the bandwagon with a fad diet and eat like 4 almonds everyday and see CRAZY weight loss. BUT, you’re going to end up just like re-broken leg Tasha and have screwed yourself and your metabolism in the long run.

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE… and the weight loss.

 

So I encourage you to scoop up a copy of The Tortoise and the Hare and read it, LIKE EVERY DAY, because once you understand that moral to that story you are UNSTOPPABLE.

 

You can do this babes.

Tasha (the food coach)

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