Little by little.
Monday, August 05, 2013
I've always been the type to take on everything at once. When I start something new, instead of adding it in little by little, I try to jump in and just start doing everything right then. Like in my faith. For those of you who don't know, I'm a convert to Catholicism. And in Catholicism, we have a liturgical calendar that we follow each year. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Ordinary Time, and an assortment of feasts and holy days throughout. With all of these there are traditional celebrations and activities that have been passed down.
For example, during Advent we have an Advent wreath, the Jesse Tree, the Nativity, and candles that we light in anticipation of Christmas Day and Jesus's birthday. It's a lot of work if you try to suddenly go from watching a variety of Christmas movies and baking cookies as the eptimome of you Christmas preparation to all of the traditional celebrations in the Catholic Church like I did. But if you go little by little, and one year add the Advent wreath, then the next the Jesse tree, then the next candles (I was already on board with the Nativity) it's a lot easier. You get used to the Advent wreath and lighting its candles one year, then the next it's just part of the celebrations while you get used to adding an ornament to the Jesse Tree each day. And then the next year the Advent wreath and the Jesse Tree are part of your Christmas routine as you add something else. So much easier to add things little by little.
The same goes with weight loss and getting healthier. I've always approached it with the attitude that it was all those extra pounds were going to come off at once. Why I've had that mentality I'm not sure given that logically it won't happen that way, but now that I've thought about it, I've got a new attitude about weight loss. I know that I need to lose at least 90 lbs. Once I've done that I'll reevalute my health and consult my doctor to see if I'm good or if I need to lose some more. Up until today, I've been trying to lose 90 lbs. As in trying to lose them all NOW and getting discouraged and frustrated when I don't lose them all NOW.
So instead, like with adding Christmas celebrations, I'm going to break it up into little segments, but I'll be taking away pounds. Instead of trying to lose 90 lbs NOW I'm going to try to lose 10 lbs NOW. And when I've lost those, I'll do the next 10 lbs NOW. And so on and so forth. I've already lost 7 lbs. I've got three more to go before this NOW is finished and I'll have been successful. And then I'll only have eight more NOW's before I'm at my overall goal. And let me tell you, thinking about having three more pounds left is a lot more encouraging than thinking I've got eighty-three pounds left.
There's my pale attempt at wisdom. Instead of looking at that huge, overwhelming, unattainable number, just do a little at a time. It finally clicked just this morning for me and I already feel a lot better and a lot more confident that I can do this. I hope it helps you feel the same.