Sunday, February 05, 2012
As much as we would all love to get up and go, get healthy, lose the weight, and make our career's/lovelife/family goals a success; you need to crawl before you can walk. And you need to have the foundations in place before you can master the hard stuff.
I have this idea in my head that since I have been with spark for years I "obviously" KNOW all there is to know about losing weight and that there is absolutely NO reason why I shouldn't be the size I want to be by now.
I tried to run before I could crawl and all it got me was some skinned knees. Oh sure I had success for a short time, that moment of exhilaration as you think "Holy moly, I'm doing it! I'm really (a size 14/flying/running) then reality sets in and that arc starts to form and you come back down to reality, hard.
Baby steps are the way that we build the foundation, consistency, making the healthier choice, telling yourself no, forcing to workout when you are tired. There is a LOT that goes into changing a healthy lifestyle. Heck, it took me 30 years to build this lifestyle I am in now. I doubt it would be possible to come in make a few dramatic changes and expect long lasting results. Just as our kids tried and tried and tried to get those first successful steps, I need to do the same right now.
What do all these metaphors mean? Start small, celebrate the little victories and learn from the failures. I can imagine my oldest as he was learning to walk. He would fall down....a lot. But we would cheer him on for trying and he would look up at me with a huge smile! I'm sure he was thinking about his success and not his failure (he was probably thinking about lunch but hey let's roll with it).
This week I have taken baby steps. Not all days were successful, and not all choices were healthy. But I'll look up and smile and try to see how far I HAVE come rather than how far I have yet to go.