Motivation Monday: Baby Steps to Not-So-Baby Progress
I’m here to motivate you and remind you that progress takes baby steps.
Sometimes living a healthy and active lifestyle can feel daunting. Especially since we live in a society of instant gratification where it’s overwhelming to not notice changes right away. So here’s the main takeaway:
“A little progress each day adds up to big results.”
Seriously, this couldn’t be more accurate.
So many of us feel that we need to start full-fledged on a workout plan. We need to run, and lift weights, and do fitness classes, and eat healthfully, and drink our 8-10 glasses of water… and it gets crazy.
Our bodies become exhausted from doing so many new things at once and we feel like we should see some results as an outcome of all of the exhaustion and effort!
But the truth is, progress takes time. Any healthy decision you decide to make, will contribute to your progress. This can be a simple snack swap, like choosing an apple instead of chips. Over the course of time, those calories you are saving by eating an apple instead, will help you to lose weight.
You may start with just ten minutes of exercise a day and gradually add on a minute or two each week. And you know what? That’s okay! We all have to start somewhere.
So, my objective for you, is to come up with a small baby step that you are going to take in order to help reach your goal.
If you have not been very active, maybe you’re going to start with walking for just ten minutes a day. If your diet has not been in check, maybe you’re going to start by cutting out pop or one of your snacks. Maybe you’ll begin by trying to drink just a half a cup more water each day. (Find tips for drinking more water here).
Choose something small and build up gradually. And I promise you, you will be amazed by the changes that you see and, more importantly, feel. Try not to only pay attention to physical appearance, but also the way that you feel, both mentally and physically.
What’s your baby step going to be?