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Incremental progress

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

"Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour." Ovid

I'm so happy to say that I'm making progress. What's more, I'm really taking in the notion that slow and steady weight loss is the way to go. Tempting as it is to try a fast or some extreme program so I can get back to goal weight fast, I know that the true path to lasting change is slow and steady.

Today I listened to another great IOWL podcast in which Renee talked about the wavy lines of success, that when we release weight, it's not a steady line down. There are ups and downs, as well as plateaus, but it's all part of the journey. The trick is to embrace and celebrate each stage.

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So another notion I'm really trying to take in is the idea that the scale is one tool, but all the NSV's in my life mean far more than any number on the scale. Yes, I have a number in mind and I know I'll get there, but focusing on my health and how I feel is so much more important.

For example, I've been eating really well for 3 1/2 days now. This means that I'm waking up hungry for breakfast, full of energy for the day. I have a lot more patience for my daughter and we've been able to eat dinner together because I'm hungry at dinner time. I'm happier at work and able to be more present and focused. All from just a few days of eating well! That is huge!!

I think the key is to celebrate each small step of the way and trust that I'm going to get there exactly when I should.

"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living." Bruce Barton
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EJOY-EVELYN 3/10/2013 11:33PM

    This phrase so stood out for me, as a person who loves to celebrate life: "The trick is to embrace and celebrate each stage. " Thanks for another great blog!

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TINAJANE76 3/6/2013 5:06AM

    I've also been guilty of wanting instant gratification when it comes to weight loss, but have really learned that slow and steady is the way to go. Quick fixes may work in the short term, but until we really learn how to make our changes permanent, we'll never really find sure and lasting success. Celebrate every positive step you make and every victory, no matter how small. All those little victories will add up to big success if you take a longer view and learn to become more patient with yourself and the overall process of living a healthier life.

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DIANESAV3 3/5/2013 9:29PM

    Thank you for sharing. Happy you are doing great.


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GLORIAMAJDI 3/5/2013 7:46PM

    We are a society accustomed to instant gratification but I do believe that slow and steady does work much better when it comes to weight loss. Whatever we do to lose it, we are going to have to continue to do to maintain it. It is much easier to maintain (for me that means forever this time) it if we do it slowly.

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HEALTHYBARB1 3/5/2013 4:07PM

    "The trick is to embrace and celebrate each stage!!"
Love this and know that it is foundational in staying on track for the long run!! Very encouraging blog!! Love how you are seeking out new information from healthy articles and podcasts to encourage, educate and give you new direction as you walk this get healthy path!! Keep up the great work! Smiles Barb

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MRSJERRYBUSH 3/5/2013 2:38PM

    Great blog! Thanks.

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MINIUM 3/5/2013 2:18PM

    Where do you get all your inspiring quotes? I absolutely love them!
Well done for all your successes! It's so nice to be proud of oneself, isn't it!
Trust is part of my daily 'medicine', my mantra or affirmation: 'I trust my body'. It's something I first found very difficult to say but now it's getting easier and I do believe it. No more struggling!
Have a great evening!
Nan

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WATERMELLEN 3/5/2013 1:51PM

    Well done. We have to give ourselves credit for each step, and not beat ourselves up when we hit a turbulent patch!

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KISAKATT 3/5/2013 1:04PM

    I love your NSV!!! So happy for you!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/5/2013 12:51PM

    That is huge!! Way to go! Love the incremental progress. You are one very, very POSITIVE womaan. I love your blogs!!!

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MYBULLDOGS 3/5/2013 12:30PM

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i lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products. have not gained a pound in over a year.

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DHUNTER49 3/5/2013 12:27PM

    You've got the right idea for sure! I'm certain your journey will be a success :)

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