When a baby begins to get mobile he doesn’t just stand up one day and run. Instead he rolls around, gets up on all fours and rocks, crawls backwards for a bit, figures out how to crawl forward, and eventually stands and walks.
It’s a process to get going and weight loss is often the same way. At least it was for me.
I’d get going on my weight loss program by taking a few small steps, fall off the wagon, gain a few pounds back, try again, and repeat the whole process over and over again.
Now it would have been nice to just stand up one day and lose 158 pounds, but that’s not how weight loss happens for most people or for me.
Instead there is a process of taking some small steps in the right direction, maybe falling off the wagon for a bit, gaining some more weight, and repeating the process a few times.
One thing about babies is that they don’t give up, and neither should you.
Over time, I learned more about nutrition, got more motivated to lose weight, and finally reached the point where enough was enough.
Those baby steps developed into a weight loss plan that I could live with both while I was losing weight and later as I moved into weight maintenance.
Each of those small steps were building blocks to a lifelong journey of improving my nutrition, learning more about cooking and food, and working to stay physically fit.
I realized as I was writing this post that those seemingly small steps weren’t really all that small at all.
Without those small steps, I wouldn’t have lost 158 pounds. Without those small steps in the right direction, I wouldn’t have been able to teach my kids the importance of proper nutrition because I wouldn’t have known it myself. And without those first small steps, I might have been 350 or 400 pounds by now because that’s the direction I was heading in.
If you ever feel as though your small steps aren’t enough, I’d encourage you to turn that thinking around and realize that each small step really can make a difference. It may take you a while to get going as it did me, but if you never give up, you can see your life change in dramatic and amazing ways.
Are the small steps you have taken really “small” or are they life changing? Diane