It’s 2017 and many of us are off to a running start to tackle, once and for all, those weight loss resolutions.

You’ve researched the best fat burning exercises and super foods to get fit.  And, if you’re like I was at the start of my 100-pound journey, you’ve imagined your journey going off without a hitch, planned to a T, to take you straight to your goal, for good.

Well, I’m about five years in to a healthier lifestyle, and I have to break it to you now.  This is no straight-line, smooth sailing journey.

It is rough. Sometimes unpredictable.  Beautiful.  Rewarding.  Grueling.  Gratifying.

There will be seasons when everything you do equals weight loss, and there may be seasons where doing all the right things don’t show up on the scale like you think it should.  Those seasons are choppy, stormy and deflating. You can get lost in that storm if you’re not anchored to the bigger reason for this journey.

I found myself in a topsy-turvy tussle with my own journey in 2016. You remember when I opened up to you all about my 20-pound scale scare?  Now, I can appreciate the lesson that has come out of it.

The first, a word from God to keep me guided:  “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every words that comes from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4.

The second, is patience. Not just preaching patience.  That’s easy to do when everything, including the scale and the dress size, are moving in the right direction.  I’m talking about patience with the process when it doesn’t seem to be working.  Patience with yourself when you don’t always make the right decisions.  Patience to reignite a passion for health and fitness that have NOTHING to do with how you look, and everything to do with honoring a bigger promise to God.

Patience is a virtue, and the most valuable weapon in the lifelong journey to eat better and move more. So, pack it with you for the peaks, and hold tight to in the valleys.  Trust me, it will be your saving grace as you regain your footing, or push to the next level.