Small Changes

Thursday, June 09, 2011

My lifestyle change here as a sparkman has been marked by small changes. They may even seem insignificant at first glance. I started with 10 pushups and crunches and have been adding 1 each day. I've been counting my calories. I've been taking the time to exercise a few times a week and do at least 10 minutes each day.

The kicker is not how much is being done, but how often. I'm not going all out and exercising 3 hours in one shot or running a marathon. Just 10-30 minutes a day. No hour long weight lifting sessions. Just 10 pushups and crunches and adding 1 each day. No starvation sessions or fasting for a week. Just keeping track of my calories each day.

Where is the power in these small changes?
1: They are SMALL changes. Being small keeps them easy to do. Very easy.
2: I am doing these things every day. Day in, day out, feel like it or not, I still do it. More on both below...

SMALL changes...
See, the changes that work should be small and manageable. You could try to run a marathon to get fit, but if you haven't exercised in month and are 100 pounds overweight, well, you may not get far, and will end up more discouraged after you are done than you were. The thing about small changes... they seem insignificant. If you eat scrambled eggs with melted cheese with home fries and bacon, will you have a heart attack right there in the restaurant? Of course not.
And if you eat a salad, will you be instantly healthier? No, not noticeably so. The right choices to make, the ones that will change our lives, are easy to do. They are also easy not to do, and the changes are not readily apparent. That is why most people don't do them.

DAILY Changes...
Day in, day out, whether the weather is sunny or rainy, whether I feel like it or not, I must do these things. Consistency is key and is the power behind doing these easy things. 10 pushups + a few? Big deal! 8 glasses of water? So what! Now 100 pushups, that is something! 50 glasses of water, what an achievement! Well... in one week, those small things done each day add up. In my first week I've done 91 pushups. And this week I'm aiming at over 60 glasses of water.

Still not convinced of the power of small changes? If I were to offer you a million dollars in cash, or one penny, doubled each day for 30 days, which would you take? 1 penny isn't much. Day 1: 1 cent. Day 2: 2 cents... Day 4: 8 cents... whoo!
After a week, 64 cents is yours! Week 2: $81.92... A far cry from a cool million.
And on day 25, you'd only have $167,772.16 That's less than 20% of a million. But on day 28, you end up passing the million dollar mark at $1,342,177.28 On day 31, you'd have made 10 times more than the other choice, with $10,737418.24!!!

Small changes, done consistently over a period of time are not so small after all. So eat that salad for lunch each day. Track those calories. Go for a walk every morning. The pounds will come off. It is easier to not do them... but it is not worth it in the long run. These things ARE easy to do. Done every day, they will change your life. I am changing my life with these small changes. I hope that you will do the same!!


- This blog was my first and is my own material, however I must give credit to motivational speaker Jeff Olson, author of 'The Slight Edge'. That book has been my inspiration as I have made these small changes, and without reading that book, I would not have been able to write this.
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    2446 days ago
    I needed this today because I was feeling poorly because I only had time to get in a 2 mile walk versus my 4 mile walk but like you said I made the effort even for a short time and kept up my streak of walking 115 days in a row! I need to be proud of my consistency! Thank you! You have sparked me to continue my journey even if right now I must slow down.
    2447 days ago
  • FEFFA9
    I couldn't agree with you more! I have done many of the "fast" ways to lose weight and get healthy. Liquid diets, starvation diets, even that ephedrine crap (embarrassing) and you know what? Losing weight fast usually means gaining it back fast. Since I've come back to SP I've lost 9 lbs. in almost 6 weeks and I couldn't be happier. This time I feel like i can really do this, I can live with these small changes. emoticon
    2447 days ago
    WELCOME to Spark! :) You're on the right track! :)
    2447 days ago
    That's right...slow and steady wins the race!
    2447 days ago
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