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Starting Small is No Bull

Start Slow for BIG Results

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  • SKEELEYMA
    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. - 9/11/2012 5:18:29 PM
  • This is the way I started off 15 minutes of walking up to 45 now. I think that is good in 3+weeks. I now enjoy it and feel better about myself and know I'm going to stick with this. - 9/11/2012 5:06:00 PM
  • 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! - 9/11/2012 12:17:17 PM
  • This was exactly what I needed today. I have always been the "all or nothing" type of person. I am going to work on a couple of small things at first and build up to more. - 8/22/2012 10:50:18 AM
  • BBR2778
    This article really struck a cord. I'm always in a hurry. 0 to 100 mph. great advice in this article and going to take it to heart. - 7/20/2012 9:10:12 PM
  • AMEN, This time around I'm not looking for quick fixes and quick results. This is a life change I'm doing and it's going to take time to reprogram. Thank you! - 7/20/2012 4:56:05 PM
  • That is so so true, that is exactly how I started, i started smll, took teeny steps, now a yr later I'm making gigantic stride, nearly sailing thru really, & I love it!! - 7/20/2012 3:35:17 PM
  • I felt like I was reading about myself when you described jumping in there with the running bulls. Great article, great analogy, and wonderful reminder! Thank you - 7/20/2012 12:48:09 PM
  • This is such a great article! - 7/20/2012 12:21:52 PM
  • Great reminder since I too am re-starting on Spark People! Logged into the site for the first time in months and it was the first article I read. Here's to a new beginning! - 7/20/2012 10:21:36 AM
  • ZAURORA
    Wow! I just re committed to my goals yesterday and have been telling myself about patience and starting small - this is the first article I've read since coming back. Thank you for the reminder! - 7/20/2012 9:55:19 AM
  • I tell someone that I am training to run a 1/2 marathon in February- every day! - 7/20/2012 9:20:39 AM
  • I have exercised off and on all my life and know to start slow the problem for me is that I tend to be a creature of habit and forget to mix it up so repetition is what weighs me down. I lose a little and then stagnant. I work really hard and sweat my butt off and then stagnate on weight lost which discourages me and I end up quitting. - 7/20/2012 8:00:17 AM
  • Love the analogy! Of course I would never just jump in w/ the bulls - why would I start running after I haven't exercised in...ever?! :) - 7/20/2012 4:17:14 AM
  • Great artical. I've always been an impulse person and have become easily discuraged when trying to take on too much all at once. I've taken the advice of taking it slower and and smaller steps at first, and its already paying off. I can already see results in, lowered blood suger counts, more energy, a more positive attitude, just from some of the small tasks listed in this artical and by simply tracking what I eat each day. I know I will start seeing even more results as slowly add more exercise and better nutrition.

    Thanks :) - 7/20/2012 2:25:46 AM

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