Small steps lead to big changes
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
In chapter four of the Binge Eating and Overeating workbook says that “changing the way you eat is a process not a contest.” It’s not about changing as much as you can as fast as you can. It is about making small attainable changes. Once those have become habits you make more small attainable changes. Eventually all those small changes will add up to a complete change in how you are eating.
That’s my problem. I am always so motivated in the beginning of my journey that I try to do too much at once and end up burnt out. Currently I am trying to make small changes to my eating. Basically cutting out the unnecessary snacking and the trigger foods (like the french fries that I love.) Everything else is pretty much the same at the moment.
I think I am making larger steps in the fitness area. I started a 5k Your Way Walking program which I do in the mornings; it starts out slow: 15 minutes, 1 mile, that sort of thing. I also started to do yoga again at night. It might seem like too much but for once I am not pushing myself past my limits. My movements are slower and smaller than they used to be just because my body has changed and it has affected how it can move. I accept that and do the best that I can with the body I have, knowing that if I keep at it, it will become easier.
Even with this I know that there will come a day when I won’t want to. I won’t want to eat healthy. I won’t want to work out. It will happen. It always happens, but this time I need to not give into it. I can’t give in to the desire to binge on junk food. I can’t give in to my desire to stay in bed or to sit on the sofa and not workout.
With every small step I move forward.