One-Bite Steps

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5/24/2012 6:00 AM   :  46 comments   :  16,509 Views

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Do you ever find yourself wondering why you should keep trying?  Are you considering giving up because your progress is slow or nonexistent?  I'm specifically talking about continuing to get and stay healthy, but the thoughts I am sharing could also be used in other areas of your life.

Getting out of a rut can be hard work.  You get tired of fighting to change yourself or the ''thing'' in your life that needs changing, and you just want to lay down in the rut and give up.  Accepting "what is" becomes easier than struggling to get to "what could be."  The vision or dream becomes lost in the midst of everyday life.

I’ve seen hundreds of posts during my time on SparkPeople where people ask variations of the same question: "Why should I keep trying?"  Hope has faded and they’ve lost their way momentarily.  We all go through that.  How do you gather the energy to suit up and get back in the game?  Why should you?  One of the things that has kept me pushing forward is the opportunity to experience more in life.  When I was heavier, it took all of my energy to get through the general tasks of each day.  There wasn’t anything left for finding the "what could be" in my life.

I bought a book a few years back at a Starbucks called Where Will You be Five Years From Today?  You can find the book online here. It’s a very thought-provoking little read, and one that I think I will read every few years.  At the time I bought it, I was a few months away from beginning my healthy life transition.  I am amazed at how much life has changed in almost four years. 

So, how do you get from where you are right now to that inspired life?  Major achievements in life start with a dream, get formatted into goals and then require routine work, effort and review.  I didn’t magically lose over 90 pounds, start racing on a routine basis and transition from morbidly obese to healthy just because I dreamed or hoped it could be.  It all happened as a result of hard work, and I continue to work hard to maintain what I've achieved.

Get out a piece of paper right now and write down what your dream is. Describe it in as many ways as possible.  No dream is too big.  How do you get there from where you are now?  That is the toughest part.  Have you heard the old question, ''How do you eat an elephant?''  The answer is, ''One bite at a time.''  Tackling a big endeavor can be done in tiny steps that you take every day.

So here is your first one-bite step: If you’ve never completed your Getting Started Guide on SparkPeople, then today is that day.  Set some SMART goals that will get you one step closer to achieving your dream.  B.J. Marshall said, ''If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.''  It’s not enough to just sit and hope and dream.  You have to aim, focus, and then take the steps necessary to get to the goal.  In a football game, a team plays with the big goal of winning the game.  In order to do that, the team must develop plays to help advance the ball on the field.  The team fights with every ounce of strength to get to the end zone.  If someone takes the ball away, the team focuses its energy on getting that ball back.  When the game is over, the team goes back and reviews what worked and what didn’t work.  Then, new goals are developed to help reach the goal in the next game. 

The same is true for you and me today.  We need to know what the goal is, and then take the steps necessary to win the game.  Do you really want to quit and become one of the spectators in the stadium, watching everyone else have fun playing the game?  Why let the hard work stop you?  No one has proven that you can accomplish great transformative goals without hard work.  If you read anything at all about people who have achieved accomplishments, you will find that they had a dream, focused, and did a lot of hard work to make that dream come true.

You have two four-letter word choices that can help you decide your destiny. Ask yourself each day if you want to WORK or be LAZY.  It usually boils down to that for me.  I don’t want to leave a legacy of lazy.  I don’t want to get to the end of my life and have people say, ''Man, she was one lazy woman!''  I want to hear people say, ''I couldn’t keep up with her.''  I remember back about 15 years ago, someone asked me why I didn’t act my age because I was learning to rollerblade and she thought I was too old for that.  My thought was, why would I want to act my age?  I still feel that way now.  Live life and chase your dreams.  You will be so glad you did.

Draw your line in the proverbial sand today.  Will you define your dream, set your goals and do the work?  Will you just settle for what is or will you get up and chase what can be?  What one-bite step can you take today to inch closer to your goal?


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  • 46
    I love this article. - 11/14/2013   2:23:20 PM
  • 45
    Thank you, I do NOT want to be remembered as one LAZY woman either. - 6/15/2012   7:44:50 AM
  • 44
    Thank you. Really needed to read this. - 6/3/2012   3:01:13 PM
  • 43
    Great article and advice. Someone asked me last year if I was going through my 2nd childhood and I said "yes." It confirmed that I'm on the right track--living & loving life, trying new things and still growing. Act my age???? Not if I can help it. - 6/1/2012   10:49:46 AM
  • 42
    RONOSOF - some examples of one bite steps for me today are to log my food in sparkpeople so I know how many calories I'm eating, walking the half mile today to the pool instead of driving there, doing some water exercises instead of just laying in the pool chair, grilling salmon instead of BBQ or burgers. Each little choice I can make to stay healthy is a step in the right direction. - 5/28/2012   6:18:52 PM
  • 41
    what are some examples of "one bite steps?" - 5/28/2012   1:03:52 PM
  • 40
    Thank you so much for this blog. It is exactly what I needed this morning. Just six months ago I was lethargic and without any energy or Perseverance. I was tired all the time. I now work out 3-5 times per week and have been eating better. I have gotten off track with portion control and eating high caloric foods again.
    Time to get back in the race.! - 5/28/2012   10:43:01 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    39
    An AWESOME ARTICLE. This is what so mamy of us need. Thank You Very Much For Sharing It. God Bless You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Memorial Day and Week. - 5/28/2012   6:24:07 AM
  • 38
    Thanks! You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep sharing and caring not only for yourself but others as well. - 5/27/2012   12:51:35 PM
  • 37
    Thanks for an incredible post. I've just found this site...and am in the process of setting goals. It's easy to say 'My goal is to look thinner', when I see myself in the mirror each day. Your post has reminded me of the most important thing to me. Quality of life. You've encouraged me to look beyond the surface. Thanks for that. - 5/27/2012   9:11:25 AM
  • 36
    Thanks so much for this very inspirational blog! I just spent a couple of hours at my doctor's office today talking about my recent weight gain which is the most that I've ever weighed. This blog was just what I needed to help me refocus my efforts. - 5/25/2012   11:40:48 PM
  • 35
    Thank you! I really needed to read this today. I have felt like giving up and now I feel like I have just had the little push that I needed to get me back towards reaching my dreams. - 5/25/2012   11:02:44 PM
  • LREIGLE
    34
    Very motivating blog! So needed it today!! - 5/25/2012   10:12:08 PM
  • PHATNANA6
    33
    This is REALLY what I needed today! Sometimes we all feel like giving up and I was SO ready to give up today.. Thank you so much for the encouragement! - 5/25/2012   2:59:52 PM
  • 32
    We teach our first semester clinical nursing students to write SMART goals for their client focused care, so it's nice to see the concepts used AWAY from my work arena.
    LOVE the sarcastic humor in that epithet "Man, she was one lazy woman!" -- what a GREAT reminder of what I do NOT want to be (or at least remain)!
    Thanks - Maryjean - 5/25/2012   12:09:15 PM
  • EPATTEN79
    31
    This is the motivation and inspiration I need today. Today I will write out my dream and start to make it a reality. - 5/25/2012   11:30:58 AM
  • 30
    Great blog!! You are such an inspiration! Thank you! - 5/25/2012   11:15:24 AM
  • 29
    another great, thought-provoking, inspirational blog Mich!! Thank you! and those books are awesome, thanks!!!
    - 5/25/2012   10:52:05 AM
  • GOOFYSMILE
    28
    Enjoyed story, will pass it along to my TOPS Pals and family. My husband, mother in-law and I are working out together and eating healthier. We did loss quit a few pounds in the pass but regained some. So back on board! Thanks again!! Goofysmile! - 5/25/2012   10:20:04 AM
  • 27
    Thank you for your encouragement - 5/25/2012   9:29:32 AM
  • 26
    This blog entry makes a lot of sense to me. I am right now in the process of just starting my journey with sparkpeople. One of the things I am working on this week is setting goals. I have a real proplem with making realistic goals and this article has prompted me to go back and look at what I have decided to do and make changes. Thanks for sharing your point of view.

    Sarah - 5/25/2012   8:42:16 AM
  • 25
    I firmly believe that acting your age is highly overrated. Then again, maybe we can start a new trend-- middle-aged people are SUPPOSED to be learning how to rollerblade, hula hoop, join a band, skydive, insert your adventure here. Life is too short to be lazy. Work can equal fun; it often does. Great article--love your attitude!! - 5/25/2012   8:37:05 AM
  • 24
    It looks like they've changed the cover of the book but it is on that link: The Five Book by Dan Zadra - it's red and has a big white colored 5 on the front of it. - 5/25/2012   8:35:18 AM
  • MISSABLE
    23
    I can not find the book mentioned at the link provided. Anyone else having similar problems? If anyone can provide the authors name, maybe I can find it elsewhere. Thanks. - 5/25/2012   7:10:19 AM
  • 22
    Thank you, Micheline. Your great post was just what I needed. I get myself weighed every week at Curves, and this last Monday was one of those rare 'didn't lose an ounce' Mondays. Logically, I knew that this is natural and that I will move past this and lose more. But emotionally, I immediately felt the "why bothers?" Luckily, I have just kept on with my program this week despite this negative thought process. Your blog reminded me of a favourite quote by Winston Churchill: "Kites fly highest against the wind, not with it". Thanks again! - 5/25/2012   5:52:23 AM
  • 21
    A little over two years ago, I was told ,Tisha you will probably die in the next two years or so if you don't lose weight. That was the catalyst for working my butt off and losing 200 lbs. I wanted to live and I wanted to live as the woman I had been most of my life, healthy, energetic and full of life. My word was LIVE. Every ten pound lost put me closer to being the women I used to be. So now I am that women, and I will do all I have to do to continue to live and enjoy my life - 5/25/2012   4:05:56 AM
  • 20
    Very inspiring. I really liked the sentence "draw your line in the sand". - 5/24/2012   9:17:17 PM
  • NEWLISALUCAS
    19
    I've been feeling down because of some medical issues lately. I've been feeling like "why try if I'm just gonna be sick like this?" but this blog has definitively motivated me to keep persevering. Thank you so much!

    Lisa - 5/24/2012   4:18:47 PM
  • 18
    Just the kick in the pants needed to get back on track! Thanks!!! - 5/24/2012   4:05:50 PM
  • 17
    Brilliant blog post. Thank you for the great advice!! - 5/24/2012   2:26:20 PM
  • 16
    Great post! Just what I needed this week!! - 5/24/2012   1:11:47 PM
  • 15
    One of my favorite lines is: No wind blows in favor of the ship with no port of destination.

    Thank you for this blog. - 5/24/2012   12:27:46 PM
  • ALSIMMONS4219
    14
    Thank you for this. Since I have 3 boys who were big football players, I really like the football team analogy. - 5/24/2012   11:32:25 AM
  • SUEPOG
    13
    I love this article, how true. I substitute ambition for work, you need to work ambitously or be lazy. Thank You! - 5/24/2012   10:35:12 AM
  • MARILYN1954
    12
    I really needed that. I have been trying to lose weight for a long time but I see not having any clear dreams has sabotaged my efforts. I am going to find my real reason for losing weight so I am can achieve my goal. It is time to dream then set clear and precise goals.
    - 5/24/2012   9:56:27 AM
  • 11
    Just the helpful words I needed to hear this morning! Love it! - 5/24/2012   9:24:37 AM
  • 10
    WOW! Thank you! - 5/24/2012   9:13:46 AM
  • 9
    I see so much of myself in this blog; so progress, giving up to easily. Thanks, for the reminder to "Dream". - 5/24/2012   9:11:28 AM
  • 8
    This really can be applied to almost every aspect of your life. I want to share it with my whole family. And I'm going to look into that book, too. Thanks for a great, motivational start to my day! - 5/24/2012   8:58:46 AM
  • 7
    Thank you so much, Michelle. THIS is the blog that will get me back to SparkPeople today - I'd been busy and lost focus - had partly given up through discouragement at letting go of the Spark principles and at regaining some of my lost pounds. I've been considering my way back and here YOU are with your One-Bite-Steps and I'm on my way again. Again - many thanks for inspiring me today. - 5/24/2012   8:40:41 AM
  • 6
    Thanks for some really good ideas on how to stick with this ! - 5/24/2012   8:35:48 AM
  • HPSANDDOLLAR
    5
    Great article. - 5/24/2012   8:34:06 AM
  • 4
    This is exactly what I needed right now. I've just gotten back on SparkPeople from a long absence and a large weight gain. Thanks for reminding me that it's worth it!
    - 5/24/2012   8:22:19 AM
  • 3
    This is exactly what I needed right now. I've just gotten back on SparkPeople from a long absence and a large weight gain. Thanks for reminding me that it's worth it!
    - 5/24/2012   8:22:19 AM
  • 2
    An AWESOME article to start my day! THANKS!!! - 5/24/2012   7:13:46 AM
  • 1
    This is just what I needed this morning. God always sends the right thing by at the right time. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Paula - 5/24/2012   6:33:30 AM

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