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Baby steps to drinking my water, baby steps to finding NSV's, baby steps to 10K steps a day


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm reflecting a bit today because I really really want those 10K steps, every one of them. I started thinking though that it is all about my plan my way and I need to chill.

I came to this realization tonight - I was looking for snacks and immediately thought I probably should drink. I walked past the fridge and thought about drinking another liter of water. I decided to hold off or I'll be up peeing in the middle of the night again. I decided to give it 30 min and recheck with myself instead of doing either. Thus here I am reflecting. . .

So about August of 2013 I was drinking no water everyday. That's a zero. Only had diet Dr. Pepper daily. I trained myself to drink the water by saying positive words about the water while I drank (great tip from other Sparkers). Now I get my waters in and then some everyday. I barely think about it most days and typically I can get 8 cups in by noon. Nights like tonight I have to hold back a little to avoid overdoing it even.

Around the same time in 2013 I was getting on the scale everyday. Everyday I would step up almost like habit or compulsion and there would be no significant change. Then I finally said that can't be what I continue to do because it clearly isn't working and I'm not crazy enough to keep doing something now that isn't effective. I needed a new reason to do this and a new gauge of doing it well. In came non-scale victories such as successful streaks, improved endurance, and eventually clothes fitting better.

So 10K steps being put in perspective now can chill a little bit. I should be hugely proud that being off routine today and only having 900 steps at 4pm I am ending the day in the 7K range. This is ok because I did the right thing today. I was frustrated about the steps and got on the boards for once and looked for what people do to get their steps in. I found that I was doing all those things so I looked for the subtle differences in what I read. Genius moment here was that I'm likely not wearing my SAT in a position that is reliably getting all my steps. I don't like wearing it on my shoe, but I will do so because I do like the idea of 10K steps!

All of this reminds me that sometimes I'm still too close to the problem to have perspective that is helpful. Thanks fellow sparkers for all the ideas that have helped me along by the way. Without those little tidbits I'd be sitting in my chair today with 1,000 steps and feeling sorry for myself. I'll take the baby steps toward success any day over that!

Tomorrow I'll get 1 more step in than today and it will be awesome!!!
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XXHARLEYXXB 3/16/2014 2:59PM

    You and I have a lot in common, I too used to drink 0 water and replaced my water with 3 or 4 energy drinks a day and Ive been getting really discouraged because I was getting on the scale every day sometimes 2 or 3 times a day! Your so inspirational and I know you can get to your goals! :) :)

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TERRIEHICKS 1/23/2014 12:11AM

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ECCOVISION1 1/22/2014 8:55PM

   
Congratulations for stopping the soda!!! You might want to track and see if you have less arthritic flares.
It is wonderful that you continued despite the unresponsive scale! I have several Spark people friends who have given up.

You have several victories! I am sure that you will win and become a Spark People Motivator.

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CATTUTT 1/22/2014 2:16PM

    I, too, have to be careful not to overdo it with water at night. I have to wake up during the night enough as it is without making it worse.

Baby steps are the best steps when it comes to permanent change. Sounds like you've figured that one out.

Good luck with your goals!

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ADARKARA 1/22/2014 7:52AM

    I just recently cut back from drinking 20-24 cups a day to only 16, lol. I was starting to feel sloshy!

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LADYDG 1/21/2014 11:13PM

    Yes I too came to the realization that when drinking water we must not try to drink too much at once. It seems to be that how fast it goes in it inevitably comes back out at the very same speed. So, I drink slower now.. :) And I suppose baby steps are the way to go on most other things too, especially exercising until you build your strength and endurance, for how many people and how many times have there been injuries for not being practical?? GL

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LADYDG 1/21/2014 11:13PM

    Yes I too came to the realization that when drinking water we must not try to drink too much at once. It seems to be that how fast it goes in it inevitably comes back out at the very same speed. So, I drink slower now.. :) And I suppose baby steps are the way to go on most other things too, especially exercising until you build your strength and endurance, for how many people and how many times have there been injuries for not being practical?? GL

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