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Baby Steps

Monday, March 08, 2010

I posted this on a team message board and decided to share it here as well.

Baby steps are definitely my approach to a healthier lifestyle, though that doesn't come easily to me. I have to fight against this little voice inside me that says you should be able to do X and get angry with myself when I slip up. So I have to remind myself, all the time, that baby steps are still steps, still progress, and that slow and steady is the way to win this race and that even with set backs, I'm still making progress.

In 2004, I couldn't walk for 15 minutes. I had hurt my hip in 2002 and my hip hurt and I had loss a lot of muscle. This was before sparks, but I started with baby steps to fix it. I walked, a little, ever day. I couldn't even swim from one end of the little pool at our apartment complex, so I would swim half a lap and then walk in the pool for 4, then swim a half lap than walk 4. By the end of the summer, I could walk (outside the pool) about 15 minutes, though not without pain. I could swim up to 4 laps before I had to go back to walking in the water.

Baby steps.

Every time I get frustrated that I'm not doing everything, I try to remind myself of how far I have come. And if I lose sight of that, I have lots of good, smart, encouraging spark friends who remind me of it, who remind me to that baby steps matter.

I can now walk--with an anti-inflammatory, I went to the zoo last fall with friends and WALKED. Not that long ago, I would have had to rent a wheel chair to get through the zoo. Last fall, I was able to stop taking my anti-inflammatory every day for the first time--now I only take them when the inflammation flares up or if I know I'm going to be walking a lot and aggravate it. I can tell I'm rebuilding muscle through physical therapy/strength training. I hate doing it--physical therapy is definitely Not Fun, but I can feel those muscles and I've made progress. I can lift heavier weights. I can run on the elliptical for longer, farther, and faster. I hit my nutritional goals more often. I'm eating more fruits and vegetables, more protein, more calcium, more fiber, more whole grains, and more water, while cutting back on soft drinks, caffeine, and refined carbohydrates.

And I did it one little step at a time.

I loved the quote in The Spark about how instead of saying, two steps forward, one step back, to turn it around and say one step back, two steps forward. I liked the idea of putting the focus on recovering from the set back and pushing forward anyway--making progress, no matter how slowly.
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  • KOMAL53
    That's the spirit Dear.Life is unfair most of the time---there are no rules---but you've got to show yourself the stuff you're made of!!!Proving you're up to the challenge can be accomplished by Patience and Fortitude in taking Baby Steps---only fools rush in headlong!!!!
    You're young enough to be my daughter and I'm so proud of you---always remember the Annie song"Tomorrow"---it's so full of HOPE!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3968 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3872418
    You really are making progress. That is amazing, and so inspiring too. It's good to remind ourselves from time to time how far we've actually come! I have a tendency to go to the extremes, and baby steps don't come naturally to me either. But I feel like lately I've been able to focus more and more on the small - but very important - victories and changes, that will eventually lead up to a whole new and improved lifestyle.

    Keep on going, taking those small steps. They will get you far!

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    3969 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Here's a quote I got from Kalathia's blog, which she got from Vic Johnson. It has everything to do with baby steps and laying a good foundation or roots. It shows what can happen down the line with nurturing our selves with baby steps.

    One of my most favorite inspirational examples about persistence is the story of an Asian bamboo species that even after five years of watering, weeding and fertilizing is barely visible.

    Then, in a span of about six weeks, it grows two and a half feet a day to 90 feet and higher. It grows so fast that you can literally “hear” it growing.

    The question to ask is did the bamboo grow 90 feet in six weeks or did it grow 90 feet in five years?

    Obviously it grew 90 feet in five years, for all the time when growth wasn’t visible it was developing a massive root system that would later support its magnificent growth.

    Can you see where the current circumstances in you life are developing your massive root system? Can you see where you must continue to “fertilize” and “water” yourself even though maybe you can’t see any visible changes today?

    I think this is what we are doing now. Laying down the massive root system to support our healthy lives in the future. Take all the time you need. Make each decision the best one possible.
    3969 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5466384
    My recent daily goals have been to put a cap on my negativity, such as focusing on how much I have about as much to lose as I have already lost. But your blog reminds me of a time not so long ago when i struggled to lift my body weight off the sofa to walk 5 metres to the bathroom and how difficult that was, and today I walked over 90 minutes! It took over a year to build up to this but it can be done in baby step with persistence and determination. Thank you for reminding me of how far I have come. You are a real blessing.
    3969 days ago
    You are so right !
    You are making lots of progress !
    Good for you !
    Keep up the great work !
    3969 days ago
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