When a baby grows up he doesn’t just take off running as soon as he is able to stand up. No – instead he stands, wobbles around and then often falls right on his bottom.
My weight loss journey was similar. I didn’t just stand up one day and declare that I was done being obese. Instead, I stood up, declared that I wasgoing on a diet and then promptly fell off the wagon onto my bottom. As I fell off the wagon, I inevitably picked up a few extra pounds. Thus I got bigger and bigger.
Time after time I took some baby steps and fell down. But just like a baby, I didn’t give up.
Eventually those baby steps got more coordinated until I was able to finally take small steps that led to really big changes in my life.
Some people say to just go cold turkey and turn your back on all foods fattening. Other people say to take small steps towards meeting your goals.
I have to admit that although I took a lot of small steps along the way, when I finally had success it was when I really turned around and took decisive steps in the right direction. Some of the small, decisive steps I took were getting rid of all the junk I had in my house, forgoing chocolate and reducing the number of restaurant meals I ate. I also exercised for the first time in my life and stopped wearing jumpers.
When I write that I took those small steps to change my life, I realize that in reality they weren’t so small at all. Those seemingly small steps were decisions that I made to begin the lifestyle change that must occur if you are going to have long-term success.
Lifestyle changes aren’t always easy to make, as many of us know. But a positive lifestyle change is one that although challenging, has so many positive benefits it makes the hard work and effort worth it.
Are the small steps you have taken really “small” or are they life changing? Diane