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Don't Get Ahead of Yourself Now


Sunday, June 16, 2013



Over the last couple of weeks, I finally got around to watching the final season of The Closer. Since it was the final season of the show, I decided to invest an extra hour in watching the final cast roundtable. In it they discussed a lot of things, one of which was whether or not they thought the show would be a success when they shot the first episode. Kyra Sedgwick answered the question in an interesting way:

"The temptation is to look at the top of the mountain, but you can't do that. You have to look at the ground and go step by step."

That really struck me.

I'm a goal setter. I think goals are really important. You have to have an idea of where you're headed.

But I do think that there is a temptation to look only at that end point and get overwhelmed, particularly if you have a very big weight loss goal. When I weighed 300 pounds, the possibility of getting to 200 pounds seemed insurmountable. I'd sit there with my head turned up to the sky and end up with nothing but a cramp in my neck!

Sometimes a focus solely on the end point allows you to miss the small, but important intermediate steps. Continuing the mountain analogy, if you only look up at the peak while trying to cross the rocky terrain, you're likely to trip over the stones and holes in your immediate path.

I think that is what I'm learning right now. I shared a couple of posts ago, that when I did some calculations, my weight gain over the past year breaks down into small sins. It wasn't like I was running to the drive-thru, or main-lining soda every day. The difference breaks down to less than 100 calories a day.


The whipped cream on a frappacino...


The 10 wheat thins I grab mid-afternoon at work...

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Skipping my walk during my morning or afternoon breaks at work...

Those are the stones in my path, and those are what I need to pay attention to in order to improve my health.

I don't need to make dramatic changes. I just need to pay attention.


Down .8 lbs last week...
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAINER_T 6/19/2013 9:35AM

    emoticon emoticon You know your weakness areas and you are changing to make them better emoticon Keep it up keep it up!

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DSCROW 6/19/2013 8:05AM

    I am taking note of your comments and that of the show. I fell this past week trying to be in a hurry to get my exercise in and I need to slow down I can't get to the top of my mountain by rushing through the rest of my life, I will miss much living along the way :)

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CC3833 6/18/2013 9:52AM

    Great blog! So true. That is why I am not working on scale goals! I am working on just being more domestic! And in that I am moving more! Also going to start cooking at home again... All the those little things add up... whether good or bad! Good luck and keep pushing!

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SUNNYSEAS 6/17/2013 11:28AM

    emoticon I needed to read this today!

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IAMZBEE 6/17/2013 10:22AM

    WOW, what a wonderful blog and everything is so spot on!

P.S. congrats on the loss!!!!!!

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PRINCHESSA 6/16/2013 7:09PM

    emoticon & Love Woubbie's extra insight!

We will keep inching towards the top of that mountain, step by step!

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WOUBBIE 6/16/2013 5:43PM

    And a lateral view of that: "Take the first step in faith. You donít have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." You can't really know if you'll get to your goal, or just HOW you'll get there. At some point you need faith that, when you NEED to see the next step you'll see it. Maybe not the step AFTER that, but that's for another day.

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CHEFSOPHIE 6/16/2013 4:49PM

    That was really well said

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WALNUT5612 6/16/2013 4:20PM

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BARBARASDIET 6/16/2013 2:51PM

    Excellent comment, and good point about the little bits adding up. I think I have had that issue as well.

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/16/2013 1:47PM

    I loved you blog, thanks for posting!

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