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Starting Small is No Bull

Start Slow for BIG Results

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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The world makes it tough to stick to a big commitment. So use it to your advantage. Get some instant success and direct that eager energy at the same time by starting small. It’s deceptively simple, but it’s proven to work and that’s what counts.

Here are some ways to start small. Choose one of these goals and see how long you can do it every day *:
  • Get up without the snooze
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Eat 2 veggies
  • Eat 2 fruits
  • Eat 2 complex carbs
  • Write in a journal
  • Take a walk
  • Put up motivating pictures
  • Gather motivating music
  • Tell a friend about weight loss goals
  • Avoid using negative words that could discourage you
* Notice that these ideas are very simple. That’s the idea!
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Member Comments

  • 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
  • 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