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HOTDISH2DIE4 SparkPoints: (13,316)
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12/20/12 2:04 P

I have learned to make a list of baby steps for everything - including my career. Otherwise, writing a novel would be too overwhelming, just like losing one hundred pounds. I make my steps say "one page" and if that is too overwhelming, I just put down "add a paragraph or two". With dieting, I am celebrating the ounces lost, not the pounds. Really works. I even break my exercise into ten minute segments, although I have been known to add do "one minute" to my day planner, just in case I am feeling swamped. I always end up doing more. emoticon

Pat Dennis

JIBBIE49 Posts: 57,966
12/20/12 12:20 A

You can do this.

MPERCAL SparkPoints: (13,220)
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Posts: 107
12/4/12 6:33 A

I even like the name "baby steps." It reminds me to feel joy in the moment, to not criticize myself (babies don't!) endlessly, to feel excited by the newness of the journey...

LUVS2WIN67 Posts: 1,060
12/3/12 2:48 P

I think that baby steps are the best. You don't feel so overwhelmed when you start that way. And seeing positive results just reinforces that it works. Congrats on your success so far.
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TRINITYROYAL Posts: 2,399
12/3/12 8:23 A

Baby steps are the BEST! They don't really feel like work, but they sure do add up to great results.

Glad to hear things are going well for you. All the best over the holidays!

JIBBIE49 Posts: 57,966
12/3/12 2:50 A

emoticon Happy Holidays.

We have four weeks until New Year's Eve so let's make the most of those 28 days. emoticon

BARBWMS Posts: 1,259
10/24/12 12:06 A

Congratulations.. those baby steps are working for me too..and I find I have much less anxiety about the whole thing... no longer worried about the whole overwhelming amount to lose.. just being healthy and working myself into new habits. I have lost about 70 pounds since January, but there's a bit to go yet.. and it's been far easier than past attempts, because I've just done bit by bit.... I strayed a bit last month, but have been paying attention the last two weeks.. in the past when I've "sinned" it's been just about impossible to get back on track, but I think this approach is better...

Good luck with the journey.. have fun, don't wait till some cosmic tomorrow to be happy about it all. It sounds like you're on track!

ALBERTAROSE1985 Posts: 81
10/23/12 11:20 A

I'm so excited! I started back on spark last week, and since I've been tracking my calories and walking I've lost 3lbs!!! I had no idea that starting back up with baby steps could be so rewarding. Last time I did this, I immediately started full swing into intense exercising and major diet changes, and it went well until I got lazy and anxiety-ridden. I figured that this time I'd just do baby steps starting with tracking my food and portion sizes, saying no when offered dessert after supper and walking as much as possible. I try and stay around 1200-ish calories per day, give or take, and walk at least 5kms (2kms each way from home to work, and taking the dog for a longer walk at night) every day. So far, so good! Yay! I'm starting to get motivated to do some additional exercise at home too, like some lunges/planks/push ups every other day, nothing major to put a ton of pressure on myself, but enough to feel like I'm accomplishing something. This is awesome! Who else has had success this way? I want to hear your stories!

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