“Small matters, small gets you started, and small adds up.” Melissa Camara Wilkins
Some time back I wrote about a book by Lea Babauta, Fifty-two Changes. The idea behind the book was to change one small thing every week until at the end of the year you finally lost that 10 pounds or something like that. I liked the concept. I didn’t relate to some of the suggestions.
And then, because of my husband’s health crisis, I decided that I’d waited long enough to keep my healthful living promises to myself. So week one I worked on motivation. That meant watching videos on Amazon Prime about health and how our bodies work. That was easy.
Those videos really did a number on me so week two I gave up sugar and processed food. That also proved to be easy.
Week three was giving up coffee. Ugh! Harder than any of the other things I’ve done, but doable. Sleep, water, low dose aspirin, and whining. It worked.
This morning I got out of bed and knew I was ready to start a walking program. Thanks to my cats, I’m generally up at 5 or 5:30. At 5:30 I was out the door. The weather was beautiful and I did an astounding 30 minute mile. Actually, I did a mile and a half in 45 minutes. It felt so good that I planned to do another walk in the afternoon.
Afternoon happened and I knew my body wasn’t ready for another walk. Small changes, sweetie! I did get in a bit or weeding and cleaned the downstairs bathroom.
I now appreciate the wisdom of small steps. Don’t yet know what my next step will be or if I’ll simply be on hold for a week or two. I did lose those pesky 10 pounds over the last few weeks, but unfortunately, I gained an extra 30 pounds over the last few years.
But I’m on my way, Small steps will do it.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.