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Starting Small is No Bull

Start Slow for BIG Results

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  • Great article! Start small and grow so you don't discourage yourself!
  • ETHELMERZ
    This makes good sense, but still hard to do, living in today's world.
  • With a bad back, this has been my mantra. First changing the things that are easy no brainers: staying in nutrition goals, getting more movement (even if it isn't running with the bulls), water. I know how to do it...just need to start taking the steps.
  • MS_GODDESS
    This is exactly what I decided to do this year! Started with 10 minutes of cardio 3x/week. Slowly building up and actually now getting SOME sort of activity 6 days/week. Trying to get more freggies into my system (really hard some days!) and cut back on the processed stuff. Also making water my standard drink of choice (although I still allow - and TRACK - my favorite flavored creamer for my morning coffee. After all, I'm not a barbarian! :-)
  • This is the absolute most important thing I've learned from SparkPeople. And it's funny because I just built myself a motivating playlist on my Slacker.
  • Rome wasn't built in a day. The problem I encounter is sticking to the workout plan .
  • I starting walking last May 2014 two miles every other day. Now I am doing 4 miles every other day at a walk/jog. You just have to keep going. If you start out small and work up to it, it can be done.
  • CRAMPERELLA
    This is one of the best articles I have read on Spark. I am a yo-yo dieter and have lost weight over and over again. It is only now, years later that I understand that SLOW and INCREMENTAL is much easier on your body and leads to longer lasting success. Everyone should read this!
  • Such a relief to be told to start small!
  • So well said! Thank you for reaffirming that wisdom that says: one step at a time.
  • 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.
  • I like the simplicity of small steps...not so daunting. Thanks.
  • 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!
  • This is such a great reminder because this is a lifestyle change not a diet and I don't want it to end !!!

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