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MY baby steps

Friday, April 13, 2012

There was a great featured blog back on March 22, encouraging us to embrace baby steps to reach our goals. It really resonated with me, so much so that I am now blogging about that blog. Why, today, am I inspired by the blog from a month ago, you might be wondering?

Because... I was totally MIA from Spark for a while when life got "busy", and all of a sudden I had over 500 daily Spark emails saved to go though. I was feeling inspired this weekend and decided it was time to get Sparking, so rather than delete them all, I dove in and went through them. And go through them I did! And still am, truth be told. After several dedicated days, I have been able to work them down to those that I really want to take time and read. I have about 40 or so left. But the baby step email made the 'final cut.' After reading it, I thought, you know, going through the emails felt daunting at first, but it was fun. Like a Spark marathon! And setting the time to just do it, well, I guess you could say that was a baby step.

That post really got me thinking; I have became a baby step kind of girl and just didn't know it. I was all or nothing about two years ago, but burnt out when I wasn't the perfectionist I strove to be. So then I embraced the a hand's-off, don't stress mentality. Much better, except, my efforts dwindled down to really nothing at all, short of just trying to be as healthy as possible. Now, in 2012, my motto is "A Little Goes a Long Way." I have found out that I have indeed created several healthy habits that have just stuck and become a part of life. Nothing earth-shattering, but I can say that:

I eat breakfast!
My snacks are HEALTHY!
Processed foods are a rare exception these days.
I am sleeping at least 7 hours a night now!
I almost always take the stairs.
I cut back on cocktails!

While I may feel healthier just from these tune-ups, I'm not shedding weight. I am still bouncing somewhere between 10lbs on and off. That is a huge yo-yo for someone only 5 feet tall. So, what baby steps do I have in front of me?

I need to pay more attention to portion sizes. Healthy is healthy, but, there can still be too much of a good thing.
I've not found a way to make honest to goodness physical activity a part of each and every day. I am sooo hit or miss.
I'm still not drinking enough water.

Not bad, really. I need to just tackle these three things, one little baby step at a time until I have created healthy habits in these areas.

I know, not rocket science. But, as G.I. Joe says, "knowing is half the battle." And now, after a little bit of dedicated thinking about it, I know!
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    Hi DONNAKOVAC! Thanks for writing. I am so excited to be a part of the team. In the brief time that I've been MIA there have been a ton of site updates. I love all of the new options in the strength category. Great suggestion. And you're right, just getting started is the hardest part. I hope you're feeling yourself again soon. It's no fun being down for the count, but you are so right, you have to take the time out you need to actually recoup. All the best to you! Oh, and thanks for my spark goodie!!!! emoticon
    1950 days ago
    Welcome to the Baby Steppers Spark Team! To build up your activity level, try doing the strength training that is suggested for each day! I have mine set up so that I do upper body one day, lower the next and core the third day. I aim for one set of exercises each day and if I do one set, I usually end up doing more or all. Getting started is half the battle, so my Baby Step goal is to do that minimum one.

    I have taken the last few days off as I have been terribly ill and I am prone to bronchitis and pneumonia and the only thing that helps is warmth and REST. Refusing to rest has found me being ill for up to four or six months - I CANNOT do that any more! Warmth and rest. I've come a long ways in learning that and the sooner I'm better, the sooner I can get back into my routine. My eagerness grows each day! I also so want to go out and play my bagpipes - I finally have some good weather for it. I can't fill my pipes full of illness! I nearly had to tie myself down to not go out tonight. Patience will pay off. (^_^) eventually!
    1951 days ago
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