Baby steps. . .
Have you ever noticed how cute a baby’s feet are? They are adorable. At least I think so.
A baby’s foot can remind us of some important lessons in life. For example, they can remind us that we need to take “baby steps.”
In this post, I will be listing some of the baby steps we need to take as we contemplate weight loss and how to best approach it for life long results.
Baby Steps… Don’t rush things
A lot of times we want to rush toward things, like weight loss. We think we should be able to lose the big pounds fast and furiously without any plan. While you can lose weight fast and keep it off, unless you have a plan, it is a lot of extra work to keep those pounds off. A lot of “traps” can pop up that could cause you to fail.
By taking baby steps, you are working more slowly toward a goal. You are learning to crawl first, then walk, then run.
Learning how to crawl
When we are born we start out helpless. We can’t feed ourselves, change ourselves or get from place to place without other people taking care of those things for us.
The first baby step we have to accept in weight loss is learning to crawl. We need to take that first crawl by deciding if we are truly committed to losing weight.
It is one thing to say we are committed and spend a bunch of money on gym memberships and exercise equipment, and a whole other thing to actually use them.
Making the commitment may be a simple thing like signing an agreement or contract with yourself stating your intention. If making the commitment to yourself does not seem like it would be a strong enough commitment, then sign the contract with another trusted friend who will hold you accountable and maybe even work on losing weight with you.
Taking those first steps
After you have made a commitment with yourself (or with yourself and at least one other person), you are going to want to want to decide on whatever it is you are planning to do.
For example, my mom and I have decided that we want to lose weight to help lower our daily blood sugar numbers. My mom isn’t able to workout like I can, but she is planning to take short walks throughout the day with her walker for up to 15 minutes a day for three days per week.
My plan is to start a walk at home walking program 5 days a week for 15 minutes each time and slowly work up to the full walk time of 45 minutes 5-7 days per week.
Breaking down that goal further, I will decide how many weeks I will walk the 15 minutes before I “step” that up that to 30 minutes 5 days per week and then up to the 45 minutes for 5-7 days per week. Just jumping right into walking the 45 minutes for 7 days per week to start is a recipe for disaster and failure. I know. Because I have done this time and time and time again.
Albert Einstein was famously quoted, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Well, I was doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. But what I was ending up with was the same result over and over. I need a change and I definitely need a different result.
The second part of taking those first baby steps is to set a start date and stick with it. It doesn’t have to be a certain day or date—you don’t have to wait until a Monday or the first of the month—start tomorrow. For that matter, start today.
The best part about walking is that it’s free to do. You don’t need a gym or special equipment. Walk around your living room!
Another great thing about walking is that it really doesn’t have to “feel” like exercise since many of us have to walk to a certain degree anyway. Just turn that walk out to the car into a 15 minute walk.
Taking Baby Steps part 2
Starting an exercise program is only a small part of the big picture. Healthy eating is key! We will look at ways to change our eating in the next article so stay tuned!
Tying it all together
Take those baby steps and learn how to put one thing after another in a successful manner. Then, even if you do move along quickly, you will have the basics down and will have a better chance to succeed.
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About the author
Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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