Every morning I get up, take care of my needs, my daughter's needs and then the needs of our dog. Usually by this time, my husband's gone for work and if not, he's still in the bed. Every morning I do this without a second thought and it has been this way for months, nearly a year now. In that time, my daughter has nearly tripled her birth weight and has gained about 12 inches more in height from her birth weight. Also, our dog, who was a mere puppy when our daughter came into the world, has doubled her body weight and height at the same time. How did they do this? Not to toot my own horn but it was the little things that I consistently did that helped them to grow healthy and strong.
So when I approached my weight loss, I had to take the same approach. I had to take small actions to gain the amount of success I have achieved. For instance, I'm usually an extremist when it comes to food. Why? Because if I have it, I will eat it. If it is around me and is up for grabs, I will grab it. So I do the extreme thing, I will remove by any means necessary (i.e. eat what's there/give it away/make hubby eat it/throw it away...etc) foods that will not help my endeavors. This time though, I took the small action of buying a Nutribullet and using it to get the nutrients my body needs since I wouldn't have to cook anything.
Another small action I took was to use already purchased dvds, workout programs that come across hulu and the internet and take any challenge such as the Black Women Losing Weight challenge of squats and do them. It was simple and free and I could do them on my time while saving the expense of gas and gym fees. I didn't have to worry about what my kid was doing because she was either sleep or sitting there watching me look crazy as I did my squats or lifted my dumbbells.
Another small action I took was to inform my husband about my endeavors and get him involved instead of expecting him to just be the cheerleader or, in his words, "the sacrificial lamb when it comes to all great tasting things". This has truly helped me the most in that he had to view me for more than whether or not he could see success. In being involved, he saw my preparation, my sacrifice, my ups, my downs, where I could improve and where I could help him improve. That's right! I could help him improve because he sees the struggle and yes, as we all know, it is real. If he had viewed me as just a result, he might have just blown off what I consider success because he couldn't see it
These three small actions led me to some big results! After one month of consistent exercising and watching what I eat, I've lost 7 lbs and 10.5 inches off of my body!! I'm so amazed but I also know that this is only the beginning. The more I am consistent with these small actions, my results can't help but to get larger and larger. While I look forward to the larger results, I'm still grateful for my current results. It reminds me to keep going and serves as motivation because obviously I'm doing something right.
Remember, small actions can equal large results if there is consistency. Be consistent and the results will come. Until next time, stay motivated! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!