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Mind your pennies...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It's so easy to fall into the trap of believing in "all or nothing". If I don't exercise for an hour, it's not worth it...If I don't eat perfectly, I'm a failure...and so on. I find myself falling for this all the time. I go over my daily calorie goal, so I may as well eat the entire box of cookies. I don't have the time/energy for a workout, so I may as well do nothing.

But that's not true! Little bits do add up. Even if I can only exercise for five minutes, I'm still burning calories. Even if I go over my daily calories, it won't undo all my hard work. It's just like saving money--I may not have $100 to sock away, but if I save the pocket full of pennies I have, eventually I'll have a dollar. And if I save that dollar, eventually I'll have a hundred. My Dad always says, "mind your pennies, and your dollars will mind themselves."

I think that counts for living healthy, too. If I take care of the baby steps--exercising for a few minutes, drinking water, recording what I eat--that will add up to significant, healthy weightloss in the long run.

So, if I exercise for 10 minutes, eventually lose a pound. If I eat within my calorie range for the most part, I'll work up (or down!) to a smaller dress size. If I take the steps, eventually I'll have run the full marathon!
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