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Swinging for the bleachers

Monday, May 09, 2011

I have been maintaining my weight for months but I have lost my way on losing more weight.

I have really been thinking of baseball and weight loss lately. When my boys were young and playing ball the one thing they had to learn was not every swing at bat had to be a homerun.

They would go up to the plate and every pitch they would swing so hard at it, trying to knock it to the bleachers. Of course, they missed the ball altogether 99% of the time. They would get frustrated and discouraged. But once they listened to their coaches, learned to just try to make contact with the ball, just try to get on base, then their success at the game soared. They steadily improved and they enjoyed the success and the game.

I am trying to remember that my change in eating and exercise has to be the same. I don't have to swing for the bleachers everytime. That just leads to frustration and discouragement. What I need to do is just make contact with the ball, get a base hit. Small changes, good decisions, consistency. You think about it, and where in your life is that not true. Relationships, money and investments, and most certainly healthy eating and exercise.

I keep thinking about doing big exercise programs and spending hours a day at it, when in reality, I'm not even walking like I use to. So I'm going to try to get back to the 30 minutes a day, walking and see what happens from there. I'm going to start drinking my water and tracking my food.

I need to lose the attitude that I have to hit a homerun everytime or not play at all. I'm just going to get on base, try to stretch a single to a double, and let my getting to my goal be the home run.
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YOYONOYO 1/27/2012 12:41PM

    I know you wrote this months ago, but it was exactly what I needed to read today. I've been beating myself up for no reason. I've made very important changes that will help me be healthier for the rest of my life. I may not see a "home run" right now, but it's in the future. Those little things we do matter most in the long run. Sometimes, I just wish it wasn't so difficult!

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FRANNIEDID 5/9/2011 3:48PM

    Small change is best, any time we try to make big changes they so often fail and then we get discouraged. Work on one thing at a time, like exercise, I think exercise is really key to this. You got to where you are, you are maintaining, that in itself is really awesome!

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