I'm the Queen of Gradualism and baby steps and proof it works both in weight loss and fitness. Recently I added the rowing machine to my exercise routine. My first try I did exactly 1 minute. Yes, I could have done more, but I didn't. I added ONE minute each workout and now 15 minutes is no problem. If I hurt myself I would have to quit and I'm in this for the long term. Great advice in this article.
What an awesome article! This is exactly what I started doing when I "re-started" my healthy lifestyle. The weight is coming off slowly and it's much easier to stick with the changes I've made this way. 3 months later, I'm down 20 pounds without barely any effort. That's what small changes can do!
Great use of visualization in the article. Thanks for the encouragement.
9/11/2012 7:46:44 PM
Love this article! Thank you. I needed that. I am plateauing for a bit, but I see I am at least drinking the water almost everyday. :D
9/11/2012 6:30:44 PM
I started on 7/26. My first step was research how many calories I really need a day to lose weight. Once I decided what was best for me, I have been focusing on staying within my range of daily calories. Right now it is about how much I eat and not so much what I eat. Once my body accepts a lower calorie eating plan, I will go on to my next step. Getting overwhelmed only leads to failure and even weight gain.
9/11/2012 5:18:29 PM
Slowly is the only speed at which to augment real, lasting change. My accomplishment, 3 days into this weight loss journey, is to walk my daughter to and from school. A big steep hill is involved. Good for me -- good for both of us! This is where and how it begins.
This is exactly how I started this time- a small commitment to exercise for at least 10 minutes every day. At the end of the first month, I had lost two inches from my waist! Since then, I've continued with the exercise and I now track my food. Thirteen pounds are gone and I'm still going strong! Starting small is the ONLY way to start!
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