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Baby Steps

Saturday, June 25, 2011

You may have noticed that my SparkPage shows only a 10-lb weight loss goal. Trust me, I have a lot more to go than 10 lbs! One of the things I decided after reading the Spark was that I needed to break down my goals into smaller, more readily achievable "baby" steps. Since I'm leaving for a mission trip to Guatemala on Aug. 3rd, I decided that 10 lbs by Aug. 3rd would be an achievable goal that would keep me going during these first couple of months of my fresh start on SP. So far so good, if my daily trips to the scale are any indication (2 lbs in just under a week!). I know the experts all say to weigh in just once a week, but I've never been able to do that. I just try to remember to take into account the inevitable fluctuations that I'll see on the scale, and try to keep it going in a general downward trend. I'm not entering my weight daily, especially if it's ticked back up, but I do take pleasure in adding a new lower number whenever I see it! I guess I need to commit to input my weight every Monday just to be fair, regardless of what the scale says. But keeping an eye on it daily has helped me to make better choices so I see less upticks and more downticks!

Another baby step that I just started today was to try to track my food before eating it (planning a full day or week is just beyond me right now!). I already forgot to add the teriyaki sauce I added to my stir-fry at lunch, but I did get it added once I remembered. I have a challenge today since I'm going to the FC Dallas soccer game tonight and know that I'll be eating out, so I'm not sure what I'll be able to order (thank goodness for the SP iPhone app, so I can add it before I take a bite!), but I've already budgeted to be able to have one beer so I don't feel deprived.

Baby step #3 has been to try to get some kind of exercise in every day (with the possible exception of Sundays off). I've done pretty well with that, with a couple of exceptions where I overdid it (or my trainer overdid it!), and had to rest up for a day. I'm finding water aerobics to be a relatively painless form of exercise, particularly during this brutally hot Dallas summer!

When you watch a baby taking their first steps, you don't berate them for falling down a time or two -- you just cheer them on and encourage them as they try, and you burst with pride when they achieve their goal. Isn't that the way we should treat ourselves when we're trying new challenges in our weight-loss journeys? I'm going to try to remember that during the numerous and inevitable stumbles that I'm going to have during this time. Please be sure to treat yourself the same way!

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.... You are precious and honored in my sight, and . . . I love you." Is 43:1, 4

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JULIENMM 6/27/2011 3:01PM

    Hi there, I always weigh myself on Friday so that I have the whole week to recover from any pitfalls I might find on the weekend.... Just a thought!

Keep up the good work!

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MEINPROGRESS 6/27/2011 12:50PM

    Great blog! Remember that the stumbles are part of the journey, but they don't stop you from getting where you want to go.

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NEVADAPP 6/26/2011 10:42PM

    Awesome! Good luck on your journey!

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RONIJHAM 6/26/2011 8:14PM

    Great blog!!! Baby steps is exactly right! Sounds like you're doing a fantastic job! Keep up the great work!!!

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 6/26/2011 6:07PM

    Your blog is well stated...and as we learn, we gain balance, and as we can balance, we become more confident on our weight loss journey.
You are doing great and continued success on your weight loss journey!

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MAMA23GRLZ1BOY 6/26/2011 4:08PM

    This is an excellent blog!!! I"m all for babysteps AND not berating the stumbles, because you are right, there will be some. We are human, after all!!! Glad you are sparking! I'm inspired by your upcoming mission trip. Sounds amazing! AND I also weigh in daily. Keep the right attitude and it can work for you. It keeps me on track pretty well!

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FTLSWEETIE 6/26/2011 11:33AM

    That was an awesome blog! I applaud you for taking those baby steps that are starting you on your journey to a healthy, happy lifestyle:-) Good luck to you with those first ten pounds and continued success on your exploration of all that you can be!

Also, welcome to Spark! You're gonna love it here:-)


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WINKERDINK 6/26/2011 11:22AM

    Wonderful blog!

Your 10 lb goal to start off with is an excellent idea! Very achievable and positive! emoticon There are a lot of people addicted to the scale, but don't let that number rule your day! You can fluctuate a pound or 2 throughout your week. Keep in mind that it takes 3500 extra calories to GAIN a pound- that's a lot of food and can't be done overnight, so be easy on yourself.

I love what you said about baby steps! So true! I have no doubt that you are going to be successful! emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/26/2011 10:25AM

    LOVED this blog, Karen -- that last paragraph is powerful!!!

I am so proud of you,'re doing great!!!
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