Trust the process. Make the small changes that are necessary to give you the results you want to see. I was reading Oh, the Places You’ll Go!! By Dr. Seuss to my kiddos the other night and came across the section below. It’s exactly where I am at right now with my fitness… “You won’t lag behind because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.” I like being the best. But right now I am totally hung up, and it’s frustrating. Last month I lost 9 lbs, and this month I have lost a grand total of 0 lbs. Can you relate? Here’s the truth. Plateaus and ruts will happen. I think the length is completely dependent on our recognition and response. First of all, I have to remember that it’s not all about the scale. While important, it is just a metric. It says nothing about muscle mass, body fat % or inches lost. But it’s still difficult for me. For some reason the number on the scale feels like a measure of self-worth. When I lose a few pounds it feels like more of an accomplishment than losing a few inches. Ridiculous, right?!? Second, I have to check myself. How have my workouts been? Am I pushing myself towards change or am I just showing up and getting them done? And how is my diet? Am I being disciplined or am I having more little “cheats” than I need to? All of these factors determine the changes I can accomplish. It really comes down to this; true change takes time and it will only happen when we are honest with ourselves. If I am honest with myself… I have not been doing everything I can this month. I’ve been having a really hard time balancing fitness with all the other demands in my life, and when I have worked out, I have not recovered well, which is frustrating too. My attitude towards fitness has not been great and the results, or lack thereof, show. How I move forward is completely my choice. I could continue on, feeling frustrated; or, I can accept where I am at and ask for help. So if you’re in the same boat, I encourage you to assess where you are at. If you need to be pushed in your workouts, let the coaches know. If your diet needs improvement look for some new recipes to stay motivated or ask a spouse or friend to help keep you accountable. And remember that when we put in the effort, the results do come. Trust in the process.