Monday, January 14, 2013
One of the "splurge" things I do is to have my morning coffee with some non-dairy vanilla creamer. It amounts to about 60 calories so I don't fret too much about it. However, I noticed this morning as I was measuring out the creamer (using a measuring spoon), that it would be very easy to just shake some out and say, "Yup, that's about 4 teaspoons". The problem is that if I do this, I don't really know what I'm eating (well, drinking).
But Ed, it's just a small portion of creamer? No big deal, right?
Wrong. It's all the same. If I allow myself to be lazy with measuring out a teaspoon, what's next? I've already stepped away from the measuring spoon, so I may decide to simply pour "about a cup" of Cheerios and measure out "about 1/2 cup" of milk. And then, "Well, that was a small piece of chicken, I can have another." Extend that to the fitness routine and we can decide, "Well, that was 9 minutes. It was almost 10, so we'll call it 10 minutes today." Tomorrow you're 9 minutes becomes 8:30, then 8, etc.
In the Christian bible, Jesus' tells a "parable of the talents". In the end He says (and I'm paraphrasing here) that if you're faithful in the little things, I expect you will be faithful in the bigger things and if you are not faithful in the little things, I expect you will not be faithful with bigger things.
Whether or not you are a religious person, this thought makes a ton of sense. If you cheat on the teaspoon of creamer (or teaspoon of whatever you are measuring), you are more likely to cheat on the larger items. In the end, if I'm lazy and "cheat" on my plan, I'm not only cheating myself, but I'm cheating my loved ones and all of those who are pulling for me on my road to fitness.
The mantra of "little victories" applies. I simply have to make sure that I don't get lazy on the thing I'm working on now (whether diet, exercise or something else entirely), whether it's large or small.
All of it falls in line. The road to wellness is paved with these "little victories". Just don't get lazy on that road, because without the paving, you'll sink.