The Power of Persistence

Article posted in: Lifestyle

Chances are good that this isn’t your first attempt to lose weight. Countless studies have shown that most people need to try multiple times to lose weight before it actually comes off. And you know what? That’s great news. Because the simple fact that you try and try again means that you have one of the key traits needed for success on a weight loss journey: persistence. Call it whatever you want—stick-to-itiveness, a refusal to quit, gumption—the ability to keep trying in the face adversity is a key to success at anything, not just weight loss. Remember: canyons and gorges are made by drops of water. But it’s especially true here, because there will be times when the pounds seem to be falling off of you, and there will be times when it seems like despite all your best efforts nothing is happening and you might start to wonder, Why am I even bothering?

Isn’t that true in everything in life? Work, relationships, finances—there are times when they all seem wonderful and effortless. And as sure as you’re born, there are times when they all seem really, really hard and you start to wonder why you’re even trying, because the hole you’re in seems impossible to get out of.

But it’s not. It never is. The power of a single step, followed by another single step, followed by another, is incredible. Beautiful, wonderful children are raised one day, one loving interaction at a time. Marathons are run by taking a series of single steps. You know the old saw, and it’s true. How do you build a skyscraper? One brick at a time.

And weight loss goals are reached one meal, one day, one week at a time. They are a series of small steps, taken consciously and strung together, that ultimately lead to success.

This week, Nutrisystem will explore the power and value of persistence. We’ll feature a different story each day that illustrates what amazing things you can accomplish by simply taking one step, and then another, and another. Join us. And if you have a story of persistence you’d like to share, please let us know at