Small Steps and Gratitude
Monday, November 26, 2007
I did not succeed at a public streak but the intention to do so really helped me put extra energy into getting my water and produce in. Maybe I can do better at the blog part now!
This week it occurred to me how much little steps can influence me. When I manage to get a bit of extra exercise in, or I log my food daily, I am more motivated to take the other small steps that help me succeed at my challenge. I was so excited that I was able to connect to SparkPeople over Thanksgiving at the in laws. The very fact that I could log my food (and the availability of good and less healthy things to choose from) made it easier to eat in a healthy fashion. On the day I was able to get in extra exercise, I found it easier to drink extra water. Small success builds on success.
The opposite side of this is something I've seen before when a "diet cheat" or weight gain has led to the slippery slide of health oblivion. This I now have tools to handle. I am not on a diet. I am learning healthy eating. I know that a slip does not need to be a slide and I am focused on the process of building good new habits. Most importantly, I have Spark friends who are traveling paths similar to mine, who really understand my issues. They have life saving lines and hands reaching out to me to steady me should I start to wobble. That is so very freeing - I can go out and learn. I can go out and live. I am losing weight with a great group of people.
I am committed to making the daily small steps that lead me to health with my hands out in mutual support to those around me, in gratitude.