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Sometimes It's the Little Things


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Monday, June 23, 2014

We start out having a goal and sometimes the big picture gets lost in our focus of that one, and only that one, certain goal. We don't even notice the little things that are happening to our bodies, our minds, our attitudes.

Take for instance, a few years ago if someone had suggested getting up at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. just for the sake of taking a walk when it was cooler outside; I would have laughed at them. I like to sleep until I wake up normally, not to the sound of an alarm. But, as time went by, the satisfaction of knowing that I had gotten in my exercise for the day became more motivating to me than that extra hour or two of sleep.

A few years ago (before SP) I never dreamed of tucking my shirts inside my pants, well, OK, maybe I did "dream" of it, but I certainly never DID it -- it emphasized my stomach, and who wants that. Today I pulled on a pair of exercise capri's (a bit too big for me now) and a snug, sleek exercise tank top. It fit so nice and snug over my hips I thought, why not wear it 'inside' my pants? Yes, why not -- the big stomach was gone. Now, that wasn't my goal, but it surely is a very nice perk.

A few years ago I would not have dreamed of eating my dinner at 8:30 p.m. I had it firmly planted in my brain that anything you ate after 7:00 p.m. would go straight to fat and stay there. Wrong! Your body digests all the food you eat during the day the very same way. There is no little guard inside your body that says, "Oh, no, she's eating after 7 o'clock -- this food goes directly to FAT." It just sees that more food is there to be processed; and if it doesn't exceed your normal caloric intake, and it's less than the calories expended, it matters little when it went into your mouth. Perhaps it is not a good example to down a piece of pecan pie with ice cream on top of it just before you go to bed, but if it's some healthier food, go for it. And my food tonight was a nice big salad with a few small pieces of chicken breast -- probably not what my choice would have been in years past.

A few years ago if I happened to be invited out for a brunch date; knowing full well that it was likely I would over-eat, I sort of figured, well I've blown it for today, so I might as well eat all the stuff I've been craving. I can always start over tomorrow.
Today my choice would be a lot different. First of all I would avoid a "brunch" date at all costs, but if I did find myself eating out for breakfast I would order something like an egg white omelet with mushrooms and a sprinkle of cheese, either no toast or a piece of 100% whole wheat, with perhaps a dish of fruit on the side. If breakfast was at someone's house and I had no control of the menu, I would still not fall back on the old excuse of "I've blown it, I may as well eat everything I want today." It's not the way to stay on track. As soon as you realize you have eaten something you should not have eaten, try to stay on track by eating low-cal healthy food the balance of the day, you can probably come out OK in the long run.

So when you think of your time before SP and compare it to how you do things now, you will most likely see that things are changing, and it's not only your weight. It just proves that little things DO make a difference, because little things add up to something big! Like reaching that goal!

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GRAMPIAN 11/2/2014 5:11AM

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    Thank you for sharing your thoughts you are an inspiration
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MRSRIGS1 7/18/2014 2:31PM

    I really needed this for inspiration! Sometimes I forget the little things and start to slide to how I use to do things. Thank you very much for the reminder!

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Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom! It's all the little things that make for big changes!

Have a great weekend!

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FRABBIT 7/4/2014 1:32PM

  Great blog. Easy to see why it is a featured blog.

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ANGELN325 6/29/2014 9:52AM

    I love this blog!!!! What a great idea. Hmm...let's see:
Before SP, I never thought I would be drinking water AND liking it. Even though my Mom loves water and that is pretty much all she drinks, except for maybe a glass of milk with dinner and an alcoholic beverage, I had an aversion to water. I drank juice, milk, Kool-Aid and when I started my weight loss journey, I switched to light versions of juice, milk, Crystal Light. I'm now on my 2nd glass of water. It quenches my thirst better than anything else and gives me energy and countless other benefits.

Being kind to myself. I would really beat myself up when I mis-stepped. Now I'm like...okay...that wasn't a good choice to eat all that junk food, what are you going to do about it? My life isn't over. I haven't failed. I just made bad choices. I can make better choices the rest of the day and have a game plan for tomorrow.

Moderation!!! This is my favorite one. It's not all or nothing for me. I can have a piece of cake once in awhile. All my eating doesn't have to be clean. It's about choices and I find that the candy bar is less likely to call my name if I know I can eat it, but just don't feel like it right now than if I feel I can never have one again which then I needed to have it because it was there! I love that I can walk away certain foods at times because I'm not really craving them. I know I can have them when I want them so if I don't feel like eating them, I don't.

Reaching out for support. That's one I learned recently. I've always been a go it alone person, but I never have to go it alone here. I read amazing blogs like this and blog sometimes my own journey and we all kind of feed off of one another. It's very helpful!

Listen to my body. I was getting really discouraged for awhile there because of all the injuries that would sideline my gains in the exercise arena, but now I realize I don't have to pound my body into the ground every day or 6 days a week with a one day break and it doesn't have to be the same day every week. My body will tell me what it needs. So when I feel like my body is recovered and ready, I work it hard. I then step back and see how it reacts. Maybe the next day I will do a lighter workout. Maybe I need rest, but my body dictates what I do and it has sidestepped a few injuries. I also want to get into more stretching and make that a regular part of my day...even the rest ones!

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MAUIMAMMA91 6/28/2014 3:58PM

  You're totally right. My journey in some ways started back when I was 20 and bulimic, to not eating but at night, to taking meds to feel happier but heavier, to last baby, to learning over the last 5 years. In these years it has taken me to un think thoughts and beliefs. I use to believe you could undo bad eating with exercise. Nope. THis summer for the first in a LONG time I am focusing ONLY on eating right and healthy. I finally believe that you can eat too little. I finally believe eating is the most important key. I maybe heavier in LBs than I have ever been, but I am also the most muscular I have ever been. I am also working on gratitude for what I have no matter what the situation is this summer- and that includes my weight, size, and how I see others. Thanks for your post, it proves to me, that what I believe is truth is also seen by others too.

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NASFKAB 6/28/2014 10:50AM

  great blog great you are featured in spark

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KANOE10 6/28/2014 10:16AM

    That is a great blog. Those steps are important. You have developed successful tools for being healthy. I order egg white omelettes all of the time..sometimes without cheese. I also like 5 am cool walks.

You are doing well at staying healthy!

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WHITEANGEL4 6/27/2014 5:28PM

    I think that when you are into the Sparks journey your attitude changes about food and your personaly choices

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PATTYKLAVER 6/27/2014 8:04AM

    it is amazing how much Spark People has changed our lives. And to think that i actually tumbled on it.

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  Good blog.

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AMBER461 6/26/2014 8:34PM

  Love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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HOLLYM48 6/26/2014 7:27PM

    You said it! I don't even think about eating some of the things I used to eat and certainly much smaller portions. It just becomes habit after a while. When eating out, I am always drawn to the salads and always the low calorie with vinegarette. No fries or burgers that are way to big for me ever again! Great blog! It is now a lifestyle!

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KLONG8 6/26/2014 10:03AM

    You are so right. I just had a tough week and I went back to "well, I have little control over this so I'm not going to hold firm." End result? Now I have a few new pounds that need to be taken care of before I return to my pursuit of my weight target! And I knew better!

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JERICHO1991 6/26/2014 9:38AM

    Thanks for the reminder. We are making healthy changes.

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NUMD97 6/26/2014 8:36AM

    This was such a breath of fresh air to read on a quiet morning. Funny how what wasn't a habit just a short while ago, we cannot imagine now doing any differently. What a difference an attitude adjustment makes!

Thanks for sharing.

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SHERYLP461 6/26/2014 7:14AM

    SP is amazing, thank you for reminding us of how much they do

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CHARTHESTAR 6/25/2014 9:02PM

    I am not big on alarms even though they work.
I have a dawn simulator... it gets light naturally and is just fabulous. It has a beep that goes off by your alarm set time if you haven't hit the button. I know when I hear the beep I am not getting enough sleep.
it is so wonderful to get up to silence.

I am wanting to get up early to walk in the morning too!

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DNRAE1 6/25/2014 5:46PM

    Great blog! I really enjoyed reading this today! Thank you!

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OPALMOM 6/25/2014 4:41PM

    Thanks so much for the reminder that there are little treasures in working towards that one big goal.

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SANDRA_E 6/25/2014 3:11PM

    Absolutely true.

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GLOBEE77 6/25/2014 2:53PM

    Love your blog. Good reminders!

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    Good advice

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    so well said!

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LIFESTYLE12 6/25/2014 7:36AM

    Like you, I've found myself thinking differently about how I eat at my meals and it is easier most days as time goes on. Thank you for your inspirational words!! emoticon

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