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Starting Small is No Bull

Start Slow for BIG Results


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    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!
  • I tell someone that I am training to run a 1/2 marathon in February- every day!
  • 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.
  • 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?! :)
  • 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 :)
  • This is so true! Thank you for putting it in visual form with the running of the bulls. I remember I liked jogging as a young woman...I haven't jogged in 20 years. So I started walking, then, when I could comfortably walk for several miles, I interspersed jogging.

    Baby just have to start somewhere :)
  • I really liked this article. It makes sense and provides an appropriate visual, ie. running of the bulls. lol I am going to print and follow the small changes to start with and make those my starting goals...some of them are already on my plan!!
    That is so true....I always start gung ho and then get so sore and stop. It seems so easy to put on a few lbs. but ssssoooo terribly hard to take them off!
  • So, so true! Every time I back-slide, I go full throttle trying to catch up and I end up being so sore the next few days I sit on the couch. Now I'm taking my time to get back to where I was so that doesn't happen. I didn't gain 15 pounds in one day, I didn't lose my muscle tone in one day, so why on earth would I think I could get back to where I was in one day? Thank you for the article!!
  • Think BIG but take small steps.
  • Thanks for the reminder. All too often it seems we all want it NOW or YESTERDAY. It helps to recall that everything takes time.
    My biggest challenge put to words - starting small. Thanks!
  • People do expect instant results. I have a friend who jumps from fad diet to fad diet. Within a week she loses interest. It isn't like she gained the weight overnight so why she thinks she can lose it overnight is a mystery.

    But then people think they can get a blackbelt in 6 months and learn a foreign language in 10 days.
    Interesting analogy using the Pamplona running of the bulls. It's very true that in our society we're trained to want/desire/expect instant gratification, so therefore, we must have an all or nothing attitude.

    If we start out at top speed right from the beginning we're doomed to fail. Yet people look down on those who are just starting out for setting goals that may seem too easy. You have to remember that we all were at that beginning stage at some point. You might be a marathon runner now, but a year ago, you might have only been able to walk around the block.

    Think about the amazing progress a baby makes in the first year or 2 of life. We all started by crawling, then walking, then running. At first we could only coo and babble, then form a few words, then phrases, then complete sentences. We could scribble with our crayons, then graduated to printing, then to cursive writing. It's the same with getting healthy. We start slowly, achieve our first goals, and build from there.

    Life is a process of continued learning and improvement.
  • VERY nice article indeed!!

    I walk SLOW. I have a bad neck and walking fast jars it. I have a bad lower back. I have back knees and hips and feet and I have acute persistent asthma. I can walk a 10K and have several times. The last time was 3 years ago, but I could still do one today. I will just take a long time to do it. My sister commented on me coming in dead last at the last one I did (she didn't do it but to her benefit she was VERY pregnant at the time). I looked at her and said, no I did NOT come in dead last. I was dead last of the people who DID IT, but I came in WAY AHEAD off all of the people who started and DROPPED OUT (and there were many) and the ones who did not do it at all! You can do anything you want to AT YOUR OWN PACE. I had a friend at a gym I went with for a VERY SHORT time because he kept saying I wasn't "working hard enough". Really?? I was working hard enough I was sweating, in my 80% target heart range and had to use my rescue inhaler pre and post but I wasn't working "hard enough". Bite me.

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