Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I am a relatively small human with a relatively large amount of weight to lose. Sometimes, when I'm walking and working and feeling like I've got a mountain to climb (over 150 pounds of mountain), it can get a little overwhelming, looking at that mountain and thinking there is no way I'll make it up all those huge steps.
I usually stand at the bottom, full of passion, attempting to jump as high as I can to that first huge step platform. Usually, after getting some type of grip, I tend to hang there, just feet above the ground, before dropping back down. The highest peak of my best self is still miles away, so high on that mountain, I can't even see the top through the clouds.
It's in those moments that I like to remember that humans created stairs for a reason. I was going about it all wrong. Instead of jumping, clinging and fighting gravity I should be carving stairs into the mountain, stepping up one small foot at a time.
Start small. Make small, attainable goals. 5 pounds, 8 hours of sleep, choosing something leafy and green instead of a sugary snack; every goal reached is another inch carved out of the rock. Every inch is a piece of the next step. Every step is one foot closer to the next milestone platform. Every milestone platform is an opportunity to celebrate how far you've come.
When stairs are built in between the huge steps, it makes the mountain so much easier to ascend, and there is very little risk of you succumbing to gravity and starting over. You have a support system of good habits steady under your feet, instead of clinging to an idea so huge with nothing but air between you and the ground, just waiting for that one time you make a mistake.
With stairs, if you "cheat" or fail at your nutrition and exercise plan, you only take two steps back, as opposed to plummeting to the ground and having to start your climb over.
Build your own steps. Ascend that mountain slowly, and with purpose.