Overcoming All or Nothing

Friday, August 24, 2012

I admit it. I was an all or nothing person. Either I was half killing myself on some exercise gadget or I was a coach potato. That probably kept me away from SP for a while. I got discouraged. I heard "get 30-60 min of exercise 5 times a week" and I was off and going. Never mind that I hadn't exercised in a long time. I was in do or die mode. It's a wonder I didn't achieve both the way I was going at it. The way I saw it corpses lose weight....right?

Coming back toSP and my Spark Team I knew I had to do something different. When I joined Spark Coach, I heard as if for the first time to plan for weight loss like you would plan for a college course or career change. You're not going to go from HighSchool to an MBA overnight, why would weight loss be any different? Map it, make goals, do 10 min of exercise, make a vision board. Finally something resonated. Picture where I want to be and plan how I am going to get there in managable chunks. I can do this. I can have fun doing this. I don't have to be near dead. WooHoo!

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    Absolutely! I call it taking babysteps. That's how I've lost almost 70 pounds over almost 2 years--by making a bunch of small changes (or taking a series of babysteps), including starting a team to do just that, called the Babysteps Brigade. I'm trying to get babysteps to help me with my organizing goals, too--an even bigger challenge for me!

    One of my blogs a while back was "It doesn't have to be hard"--not when you don't try to change everything at once. And I read a great piece of advice in someone's blog: Don't do anything to lose weight that you aren't willing to do for the rest of your life. That's why I don't weigh, measure or track my food, beyond freggie servings, and why I refuse to give up my 2 cups of gourmet coffee each day with honey & half and half. I won't do things I dislike forever, and I'm in this for the long haul.

    Wishing you great joy and success on your journey!
    Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon
    3187 days ago
    You're doing it, kiddo!
    3188 days ago
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