Few things are more frustrating than trying to lose weight or be fit when the results do not come when you want them to. You have sacrificed portions of good food and scheduled 20 – 30 minutes into your day to exercise, but your beach body has not yet blossomed. You have gone through an ExerciseMenu.com One-month workout program or other home exercise programs, which haveĀ  helped, but you still are not where you want to be. No matter your level of fitness, we have all been there. Whether you are trying to get into a regular workout routine, or training for a marathon, the results don’t always come when we want them to.

How does that make you feel even though you are doing all of the right things?

If you are indeed feeling frustrated, you must remember that successful changes in your lifestyle involve a strong spiritual commitment. If too much focus is on physical rewards, you are destined to struggle. However, if you pray or meditate and learn how to be content with your progress, you will succeed! Being content in the moment and making your changes become habits will bring great reward in both spiritual and physical fitness.

The Weekly Wisdom post from ChristNotes.org states:

He who is not content with what he has will not be content with what he wants.

The fact is that you have already made positive changes, although you may have not reached your goal. Learn to appreciate these small changes, and the bigger ones will come!

In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul the Apostle said:

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

In reading this verse, I realized that the struggle that many of us have with weight is that we are not content with choosing healthier foods and eating smaller portions. We always want more! More food on our breakfast plate, the “Super Sized” lunch and something sweet after dinner before we are content.

When it comes to exercise, we have to learn to be content during our scheduled exercise times. Instead of exercising in the moment, we find excuses to postpone a workout, or rush through it because there is something else more important to do. Or, we are frustrated that we aren’t walking longer distances, running faster, doing more reps or lifting heavier weight. We must learn to be grateful that we have the ability to exercise, recognize that change is slow but steady, and enjoy the time that we have to take care of ourselves to improve our overall health.

My message to you:

Be content in eating smaller portions of high-quality foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and legumes. Be thankful for every moment you have in this life to move! Appreciate the insanely complex mechanics of movement every chance you get. Focus on these principles and the rewards of longevity, health and fitness will be wonderful surprises in due time.

What do you do to curb your weight loss or fitness frustrations? Share your thoughts below!