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Starting Small is No Bull

Start Slow for BIG Results

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Imagine you’re in Pamplona, Spain, in July. You’re sightseeing, shopping through downtown for that perfect souvenir for your spouse back home (hey, someone had to watch the kids, right?). You notice a crowd. Then a commotion. Then, right in front of you, an avalanche of panicked, spirited men and women sprint by, followed by a dozen confused, snorting, larger-than-you-ever-expected bulls.
 
It seems that you’ve stumbled onto the annual Running of the Bulls--20,000 pounds, 40 hooves and a cloud of bovine dust running full throttle not six feet in front of you. You’re the eager type, so you happily jump in to join the fun.
 
And you’re promptly trampled before you can take five steps.
 
You can’t expect to jump in the middle of something and be up to speed right away. Like the "brave" people who run by, it’s best to be moving at the same speed as the bulls. Yet, sometimes we think we can go from standing still to full speed in an instant and big things will happen.

Even a launched rocket doesn’t start off going 37 times the speed of sound. At liftoff, it starts at just 1 mile per hour. Forget about becoming a workout warrior for now. That will come. Just concentrate on not getting run over by the bulls. Concentrate on having some success along your first path. Concentrate on picking up some speed.
 
Of course, society doesn’t like the slow start very much. Everything’s gotta be fast and furious. From the couch to kickboxing in one afternoon. From griddle to your middle in five minutes. People who won’t go to the dentist will jab needles in their face for a fast way to look good.
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Member Comments

  • I like the simplicity of small steps...not so daunting. Thanks. - 5/20/2014 10:51:41 AM
  • 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! - 5/20/2014 10:31:21 AM
  • This is such a great reminder because this is a lifestyle change not a diet and I don't want it to end !!! - 2/8/2014 9:15:13 AM
  • This is so great . I'm going to do this - 12/26/2013 6:28:26 AM
  • Goal by goal is the way to go! - 12/3/2013 10:19:11 PM
  • I printed this to keep a daily reminder. Excellent challenge. - 9/19/2013 9:14:11 AM
  • A great and very inspiring article! It is surely true that sometimes small things can work big on the way to success. These simple bits of advices are very helpful. Thanks! - 5/30/2013 9:46:24 AM
  • Great use of visualization in the article. Thanks for the encouragement. - 4/11/2013 8:58:47 AM
  • LEMOW23
    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 7:46:44 PM
  • MARI-SERV
    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 6:30:44 PM
  • 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

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