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How do you eat an elephant?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

When things are tough or a task appears to be overwhelming, I think of this question: How do you eat an elephant?

It seems preposterous. Who would want to eat an elephant? And better yet, even if someone wanted to, who COULD eat an elephant. They are huge!!!

The answer, simply, is: one bite a time.

Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle- this is my elephant. My goals are not something I can complete all at once, no more than I could pop an entire elephant in my mouth as a snack.

My goals will come to me, but only in small increments- little bites.

I keep in mind that no matter how long the journey, each step I take forward moves me in the right direction. Each bite of the elephant makes the task smaller and less overwhelming.

Progress will happen over time, I just have to keep going.

From the wise man, Confucius “ it doesn’t matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop."

I am not stopping. I will find a way to recharge my batteries when they get low and I will keep going and going and going and going and going and going...

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  • TARAH85
    This is a great way of thinking about weight loss. Thank you!

    2155 days ago
  • VEGK80
    Good for you!! I try to keep telling myself the same thing. One bite at a time, one step at a time, and one day at a time. Its hard to be patient, though.

    2156 days ago
    Great mindset! It is so true, the baby steps are what get us to the finish line!
    2156 days ago
    Good point! You are right, it IS so overwhelming, and I get soooo impatient waiting to see some progress with that elephant. We just have to keep going! Thanks for writing this today!!
    2158 days ago
    So glad I ran across this and read it. Even though I've been doing great lately with my weight loss and eating healthy the last couple days have not felt so great. Like I was almost giving up. (that time of the month tends to get me in a rut) All morning I've been trying to give myself pep talks, and I did get myself to already go for a 4+ mile walk, but I was still not feeling like my new self, i felt like my old self, the me from 20 weeks ago. Reading this was what I needed. I just got to keep going, we all do. Thank you so much for posting this!
    2158 days ago
  • MANDYJ73
    What a great blog... words to live by for sure! I think we all have elephants... even if they are not weight related! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a healthy day!
    2158 days ago
    Great attitude, great philosophy, great blog!! Thankyou emoticon emoticon
    2158 days ago
    That is an amazing way to look at it, t hanks so much for sharing this. I will need to remind myself from time to time. :)
    2158 days ago
    So very true! One thing to remember is to make sure you're keeping your head up and looking around each step you take. Life is about the journey, not the destination :) You can find so many little motivators and neat experiences along the long road. Makes it all worth it! (well...and of course meeting the goal at the end!)
    2158 days ago
    We use that analogy with our Addictions clients too. I find so much translates between weight loss and treating addiction - it all comes down to lifestyle change.
    2158 days ago
    I just gotta try to remember this when needed.
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    Comment edited on: 5/23/2012 12:49:38 AM
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