Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Want It Now!

Instant gratification is everywhere.

In fact, we're completely surrounded by it. It's a concept that drives many daily interaction with our environments. Smart phones with data plans allow us instant access to the internet wherever there's coverage. Fast food restaurants allow us to eat food whenever the cravings strike us.

Our inner Veruca Salts are running amok. We want everything now and we don't want to wait. Why else would anyone consider weight loss surgery over traditional means? It's the veritable Golden Goose of anyone who's ever had a weight problem.

Last week as I was running on the treadmill, I saw a commercial for liposuction promising to take at least 5" off your waist measurements. I scoffed, rolled my eyes and continued with my run but it made me remember. There was a time in my life when I would have spent hours after seeing that commercial wishing with a desperation that bordered on insanity that I could have 5" magically taken off my waist line. I didn't want to have to work for the weight loss. At that point in my life, I would not have appreciated it even if I could have lost 5" off my waist.

10 lost inches and years of hard work later, I still find myself in situations where I want it now. I want the few pounds of fat that I've gained over the last couple of months to magically disappear. I don't want to have to think about it. It was during one of those mental gripe sessions with myself that I stopped myself and thought, "Exactly! It took that many months for it to happen, so it's certainly not going to go away in anything less than that!" Sometimes you just have to remind yourself to have patience, and instant gratification isn't always the best course of action.

Have you had to remind yourself to step back and be patient lately? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment down below! :)