Sweat the Small Stuff

Monday, March 26, 2012

Don't sweat the small stuff - and it's all small stuff. I'm sure that you have all heard that saying. It's one of my favorite sayings when it's applied to attitude and negativity. Attitude is incredibly important and when you get yourself all worked up about little problems and minor annoyances, you lose focus, get irritable, and don't have enough energy to manage the really important things.

However, when you are changing your lifestyle to lose weight and gain health, sweating is really important. Sweating to your dvd's, sweating on the daily walk, sweating when you are doing cardio, or dancing, or hooping, or biking. Sweating the small stuff becomes important.

I know that sounds contradictory but think about it.
Drinking a little extra water a day: small stuff.
After breakfast, drinking only water: small stuff
Adding 10 minutes of activity: small stuff
Measuring your food: small stuff
Deciding not to eat that candy bar: small stuff
Limiting yourself to one treat a week: small stuff
Tracking your food: small stuff
Using a smaller plate at dinner: small stuff
Serve your food on a plate instead of putting bowls on the table for self serve: small stuff
Drinking regular coffee instead of that latte: small stuff
Eat breakfast every day: small stuff
Avoid "white" foods: small stuff
Eating at home more: small stuff
Eating slowly, chewing lots: small stuff
Setting weekly goals: small stuff
Using herbs and spices instead of butter: small stuff
Eat fruit instead of drinking juice: small stuff
Parking farther away when shopping: small stuff
Using stairs instead of elevators: small stuff
Meeting friends for fun instead of food: small stuff
Take a walk before dinner: small stuff
Watch one hour less TV a day: small stuff
Order wine by the drink, not the bottle: small stuff
Order dressing on the side: small stuff
Always shop using a list: small stuff

You have plenty of other small things that you can add to the list, don't you? So, make your list or print out mine and add to it.
Next, start sweating this small stuff. These are thee little things that can make a huge difference in your weight loss program.

When it comes to small emotional things, don't sweat the small stuff. Don't worry, be happy. But when it comes to small this small stuff, I have to tell you:
You'll be glad you did.

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    Love it!
    3278 days ago
    Great blog! What a great list - lots of tips here to make a difference to our weight loss and fitness efforts! emoticon emoticon
    3284 days ago
    Such a great blog, and SO true! I have never once in four years here regretted sweating the small stuff!
    3306 days ago
    I love this...thank you. I am getting better at not sweating the small stuff. Maybe it's because I am also getting better at making small changes. Or "sweating the small stuff". LOL

    3306 days ago
    Thanks for some great reminders Martha. I would just add logging on the nutrition tracker.
    3308 days ago
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    Great blog!!!
    3308 days ago
    You're right--all these small things can add up to big results. Love your list!
    3308 days ago
    Love your list of Small Stuff, and it really is true. It looks so big if we think about doing ALL of that. But if we just focus on one small stuff at a time, soon our entire day and life are healthier.
    3308 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    emoticon These are all excellent ideas, and each is one small thing, but put together they will yield huge results!

    3309 days ago
    Ahhhh yes.........the devil is in the details, and when you've exorcised the demons from the details, everything works better. Manage the pennies and the dollars take care of themselves. The "don't sweat the small stuff" comment was designed to force us to look at the magnitude of what we have allowed to grow into that mountain which is, in fact, not that big of a speed bump that it is insurmountable.

    The more we travel, in person or via technology, and the more we expose ourselves to others less fortunate, the more we realized just how blessed we are, and how tiny our little bag of problems really is.

    "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet"

    We are SO blessed!

    3309 days ago
    one treat /week? that's a good idea emoticon a whole cheat day is too much for me but one treat would work , thank you emoticon
    3309 days ago
    I need to work on a lot of these but to get to 199 we can do it!

    3309 days ago
    Passing the candy bar is not a small thing for me yet.
    3309 days ago
    You are so right Martha. I have been sweating the "wrong small stuff" and need to focus more on the good smal stuff. Have started doing that today so it was something that this was the first blog I choose to read today. I guess God is directing my finger tips where they need to go on the keyboard. After all, I did ask for his help. Thanks for the blog Martha. Couldn't have come at a better time for me!

    3309 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    Gee,putting it to us like that broken down sure makes it seem so simple.Why is so hard and why do we sweat the small or big stuffs? So,it's okay to sweat the small stuff? Okay,cool.Love you dear Martha,you are so insightful and put things in a way that is simple and makes sense to me.You are a treasure emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana
    3309 days ago
    Martha I just love your always come right to the point!
    3309 days ago
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