The Importance of Being Patient…Really


Recently I have noticed that we expect everything to be fast – from our food to relationships; we seem to expect things to happen fast.  We drive fast.  Eat fast.  One hour photos.  Speed dating.  We live in a world that seems to have forgotten patience.

And, patience is a missing ingredient in most diets.  Why do I think that?  Because I Googled “ten pounds in ten days.”  How many results did I get? 23,500,000 in 0.33 seconds.  The numbers speak for themselves.

Look, it took me about 20 years to put on the extra 70 pounds I was carrying when I was diagnosed with Diabetes.  It did not come on over night.  It just kind of kept adding up – about an extra nine or ten ounces per month.  Who is going to notice that little bit, right?  The thing is, it just kept adding on each month.  Three and one-half pounds per year.  Heck, even now, I can fluctuate three or four pounds per day. I would not notice an extra three or four pounds per year.

The point here is that it took years to put on; it will take time to take off.  Do not expect to lose in in a week or a month or even a year.  Have patience as you approach weight loss.  Careful, controlled weight loss will win the day – and has a much better chance of staying off.

Did you know losing less than 10% of your body weight can lead to better health?  Red this article to learn about  the benefits of losing that small amount of weight. The benefits go from preventing Diabetes to reducing blood pressure to reducing the risk of heart disease.  Just 10%.  You can do that!

A healthy diet.  A bit of exercise.  And the pounds will come off.  Oh, and make sure you get enough rest and sleep.  Yes, I know this might be the kettle calling the pot black; I don’t always get the sleep I need.  But, starting today, I am going to make a real effort to do better; to get more sleep.  It’s so simple and will make my War On Diabetes easier to fight.  Adequate rest will make your War easier, too

Okay, the truth is Katherine, the pharmacist; my wife; and, now my neighbor have gotten on me to get more rest.  For some reason I just decided to listen to all of them today.  I am pretty sure that more sleep will equal more patience and make fighting Diabetes easier.  Not only my fight with Diabetes, but I suspect everything will get better with the right amount of rest.  I will try to remember to let you know.

And, remember, you need patience when you are waging your War On Diabetes.  There will be good days; bad days; and, all kinds of days in-between.  Be patient. You can, and will win your War to control Diabetes, if you fight it on a daily basis.

As always, thank you for reading.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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One comment on “The Importance of Being Patient…Really
  1. I lost the most weight, and kept the weight loss for more than a decade, by ditching “dieting”. I switched mentality and instead of “losing weight” I concentrated on being healthy, that is, eating healthily and exercising.

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