Step... Step... baby steps....

Friday, September 18, 2009

As a professional yo-yo dieter so many times in the past, I've always made the mistake of looking at the 'BIG PICTURE' or 'MOUNTAIN' instead of breaking my goal down into smaller more managagle steps. I realize that taking one step at a time is a better way to reach my goals

I feel less like the cat in the picture and now pushing myself to limits that I thought I would never accomplish, one step at a time. I am a Biggest Loser Junkie and watching Jillian, as a trainer, push the contestants beyond what they think they can accomplish has motivated me. Now when I take a walk outside or on the treadmill when I feel like stopping I ask myself if I can just go a little further and then when I feel I can't go any further I push just a little more only to find that I can do it.

I'm also finding that I am doing this challenge with myself in other areas that I've been afraid to conquer in the past. Recently our chimney stack needed to be painted with the new color that we had painted our house this summer. I wanted hubby to get up and paint it, but, he had other 'honey do' chores to do, so I climbed up the ladder and got up on the roof and painted the chimney. Sound like no big deal... right??? Well it was a big deal to me, I am afraid of heights, and just climbing that ladder my knees were shaking and I was petrified that I could not even make it up to the roof much less stay up there and paint. I was the same way coming back down when my job was done, but, I did it.

When I drive up to or away from the house I look at that chimney and realize that I challenged myself and pushed further than I ever have with a fear and am proud of my accomplishment. Now on to my goal of getting this weight loss under control by taking baby steps.

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  • PACKY62
    i am also a junky with the biggest losser also.
    and you are correct the slower you drop it the better and longer it will stay off.
    did you hear what they said about the diet and calorie burn they do?
    1200 calories and 6000 calorie burn a day? emoticon
    4250 days ago
    Step by Step! Sometimes I need reminding that this is a slow process! I didn't gain it overnight, I am not going to lose it overnight! But, one step at a time ... Thank you for sharing!
    4252 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2313590
    Way to go. emoticon
    4252 days ago
  • REGGIE2009
    What a great blog! Thank you. You have inspired me again! emoticon emoticon
    4252 days ago
    Janel.. this is the inspiration I was looking for this morning... it's all about baby steps. Thank you.
    4254 days ago
    I am petrified of heights, too, so I am really impressed by your rooftop accomplishment! I don't know what qualifies as baby steps to you, but what you've been doing sounds to me like taking really good adult steps forward. I guess as long as your feet are pointed in the right direction, any size steps are very positive. You're doing great.
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    4255 days ago
    Janel, you're doing a great job! Keep it up! Love the picture.
    4255 days ago
    You are doing it great! Thanks so much for posting such an inspirational blog, you are right, its not about looking the big goal, its going step by step and sometimes i lost that in mind, thanks so much, really!
    4256 days ago
  • MAZZY0774
    That cat is how I feel every time I go up the stairs in my house. LOL!

    4256 days ago
    Okay, this isn't funny
    I came across this just as I was thinking about telling my husband that he has to climb the ladder to clean the 20ft high windows! Now I have to think about it. Thanks though, thinking is what changes our status quo.
    4256 days ago
  • JEWELS571
    dang! you make my mascara run! I am so proud of you!
    4256 days ago
  • BOBBI1968
    What a great blog - thanks for sharing!!
    4256 days ago
    Your blog post makes perfect sense. I try to say look two feet ahead. I have a large yard and I hate yard work. It overwhelms me when I look at the entire yard, so as I start working in it I constantly have to say "Look two feet ahead", when I manage to do this I end up with a good final product, when I don't I end up running all over the yard and it doesn't look much better. So this "look two feet ahead" applies to me in several areas of my life. Thanks for the reminder!
    4256 days ago
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