Monday, January 27, 2014
Last week I wrote about how we tend to go through phases where we take big steps...and then we go right back to not a whole lot of change...However, I've been thinking a lot about that and about what Spark People stands for.
Spark people believes that every person should become an individual capable of setting and accomplishing goals. In order to promote this, they encourage us to set small goals so that we can see our accomplishments and become excited as we achieve.
So maybe it's not so much about the "big steps" but about the "little" ones. And, maybe, the little steps are as important as the big ones, because they propel us across that finish line.
What spurred this thought process was this:
First, I've been going through Jessica Smith's 28 day challenge. She posts a series of workout videos geared toward weight loss and we follow them.
Second, I've been counting my calories. I've only gone over twice in the last four weeks.
Third, I set a goal to lose ten pounds by Valentine's Day (no, I don't like Valentine's Day, but my husband does. THAT is a different story).
This week, I went to the doctor's office. I wasn't going to look when I got weighed, but I did--I've already lost 6 pounds. Just four more pounds to the VDay goal and I've got three weeks to go.
My BMI is .5 overweight...which means at the end of this week I should be under.
I can do planks on my toes.
I can do side mountain climbers for a solid two minutes.
Those are all big things, but they're goals that I've met by waking up at 4:30 every day. They're goals that I've met because I've been meeting my little goals every day.
So maybe it's about setting little goals...and not about focusing on the big ones. If you stay focused on the big ones (if I'd weighed myself every day), you WILL be disappointed. But checking that little box saying I worked out this morning....that's a beautiful feeling.