One day at a time, whether in general life or weight management (and they are kind of the same thing), is not a policy I am totally in synch with.
Building things takes time.
On the other hand, during periods of high stress, angst or despair or in crisis situations, it is good to focus on only one day, or even one hour, one minute, one second at a time, to help us get through.
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Yes, a good philosophy. Helps in the long run I think.
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For me, it's about trying to be the best I can be, today. I might not have been great yesterday, but there is hope for today.
I also believe in planning. I plan meals, buy bulk groceries, have educational goals etc. But I can only work towards those goals today.
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Tomorrow isn't promised, take it one day at a time, amen!!
You don't specify any reference for this concept. Do you mean only in terms of weight loss? as a general orientation to life? when faced with stress?
For me, I get overwhelmed by details. I have to consciously make a decision to not only go one day, but sometimes just one tiny goal at a time. I tell myself, "okay, I'll collect and organize things from my desk." Not, "I'll clean this room." Once I get started, I frequently just keep on... but if I tell myself I need (or even want) to do a larger job, it spirals out of control and I can't even get started, I'm worn out before I begin. And then, when I'm finished, I'm wondering what I was thinking, that it was too big to manage?
Management is something I'm learning the hard way. I have a condition for which there is no cure. It's all management. I could get overwhelmed and give up... or I can take one tiny step and make some aspect better... at least temporarily.
If you're talking about overall outlook, I need to live in the moment. I have no idea how many "moments" I have left. I don't want to miss the small daily miracles and wonders that we tend to overlook in our hectic world. Life is magic. I savor it. It's a gift.
For weight loss, certainly I have a goal. I do focus on that. It draws me on. Otherwise, every little obstacle would set me back to the point I'd have little motivation or heart to go on. I lose and gain, rise and fall. But if I focus on the long-term rather than smaller daily or weekly goals I can stay the course.
I think it depends a lot on your personality. Some have to obsess about those tiny steps! for others (like myself), that approach would be counterproductive, at least so far as losing pounds! I guess the context makes a great difference, too.
I think it is important to me to take things one day at a time because if I get caught up in thinking about the past that I can not change or feeling overwhelmed by all that I need to do in the future I tend to freeze up or get caught in a storm of negativity. I do have longer term goals but I can't focus on the big goal on a daily basis. If I just say to myself that this is where I am today and this is what I need to do today then I can get things done and be fairly positive.
For me it is about living now, now and worrying about tomorrow when tomorrow comes. Go ahead and plan meals, etc, but choices will still be made on those days and not now. Being present now reduces my stress and makes it easier to live healthfully.
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"Stuff happens"...I don't know about tomorrow. I can just work on today.
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To focus on "the present" ...what is going on now. What decisions are you making now? Choose wisely, use your time wisely.
I don't get so stressed out taking things one day at a time.
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Taking things one day at a time is much more productive. It allows us to concentrate on what is really important and to act on it. God gives us all the strength to take things "one day at a time"!!!!
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I find whenever I get really anxious about things repeating "one day at a time" over and over like a mantra and it calms me back to reality. No point worrying about things that haven't happened or feel guilty about things you can't change.
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One day at a time. That's all we ever have. Use it wisely. There's nothing you can do about yesterday or tomorrow; just today.
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I take 2 recovery days a week during training as the muscles tear miniscule amounts from the exercise and recovery days ensure that the muscles repair themselves -- that is how muscles get stronger.
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I have long term goals--1 year, 5 year, 10 year, lifetime. They are broken into short term goals--6 months, 90 days, 30 days, even 7 days and daily. It's succeeding at the tiny steps that enables me to meet my long term goals. So "one day at a time" is more than a platitude for me. I have to focus on the journey each day in order to keep on track over the long term.
I am definitely a "one day at a time" person. I think because the thought of having to do anything forever can be daunting, but I can do anything for just one day. Plus I find for me I tend to start out strong and if I slip or get into a rut - it's all or nothing. Taking it one day at a time helps me live in the moment. What do I need to do TODAY ?
Favorite quote is "I can't stay clean today on yesterday's shower !" Gotta do the work today :)
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It is okay to plan ahead. It's just that sometimes i get caught up in thinking I can't ever have sugar again?? I am a sugar addict. ( and I don't say that lightly because I am) If I have even a taste it will send me into a tailspin that I can't get out of. Instead, I live with the fact I only have to go 24 hrs and I fight cravings 1 min at a time sometimes. Plan for the future but live for today.
I am actually on the fence with this platitude. And yes, i see it as a platitude along with "everything in moderation", :"you didn't gain it all in one day", etc. Although with this one, i see just a bit more merit. I am also of the mindset that long term goals are just as important as short term. I feel that is just as important to look ahead and plan. I plan meals for weeks on end though i may only buy enough food for that week. I plan my exercise days and hours ahead so that they are in my calendar. Going one day at a time for that stuff would not end well.
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Why do you think it is important to take it one day at a time and how do you do that?
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