Small Changes for Huge Results

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Yesterday I wrote about some of the struggles I have been having and came clean with my self-imposed obstacles/excuses. Well, today I am sharing with you the first steps I plan on taking to get out of this funk.

I recently came across one of the most inspirational stories that I have read and I was literally blown away by the transformation. Eli Sapharti – FAT Boy FIT Man is one of those stories that make you just sit back and take notice. He recently posted this video to his Facebook page and in it you can see how genuine he is about wanting to help and inspire people. He also talks about taking baby steps and making small changes so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up after a month or two. This one statement struck a nerve with me.

I have told you before that I have lost and gained the same 50, 60, 70 pounds several times. Every time I did it, I was dedicated and determined and took off running. I would cut out all sugar, all carbs, all fat, drink the shakes, well, you get the picture. I never did anything gradually and went in with an “all or nothing” attitude. I know I have read and heard the advice to make small changes one at a time many times. But, you know me. I am not a patient person. I want to be thin and have a life RIGHT NOW!!!!

Ok, so why did reading Eli’s story and watching his video make me stop and think? I can’t really explain it myself. All I know is that listening to him talk about his journey and his thoughts struck a chord with me. It stayed with me and last night I thought about those baby steps. What can I change right now that I really won’t impact me in such a way that I feel like my entire life has been turned upside down and something that can make an impact for life?

I came up with a few small changes which I have implemented today:

  1. Water: The switch is being made to only water for cold beverages. I am still allowing myself 1 cup of coffee in the mornings though, I am not real sure I can totally give that up just yet. If I really want more hot beverages, I can drink green and herbals teas.
  2. Breakfast: While have made it a habit to eat breakfast every day, I don’t exactly eat the healthiest breakfast every day. Last night I made my own instant oatmeal packs with oats, ground flax seed, cinnamon, a dash of salt, and some Splenda. I then purchased some almond milk and brought it all to work with me. I have breakfast ready to stick in the microwave for the next two weeks. No reason at all to stop for coffee and scones or breakfast sandwiches.
  3. Fruits and Vegetables: I love my freggies, but I am not always successful at squeezing them into my day. It is now my goal to find a way to get some sort of produce into each and every meal. For example, this morning I before ate my oatmeal and cut up an apple and added it.

Three things which I can change and be consistent with and at the same time will be creating habits which will make a huge impact on my goals. I am thinking about what changes to make next. What are some of the changes you have made to your lifestyle?

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About Diana

At 43 years old I have missed out on so much in life because I was too busy obsessing about my weight. Having spent so many years on the weight roller coaster, I have decided to just live and enjoy the journey instead of putting everything on hold for "someday when I am skinny". I am applying a few priciples that will allow me to just enjoy life: 1~ Drink my water. 2~ Enjoy my food 3~ Don't deprive myself of anything- portion control is my motto 4~ Throw the scale away (OK, I can't bring myself to throw it away,but I am giving it to my teenage son to hide from me) 5~ This one is the most important: LIVE LIFE!

4 responses »

  1. Wow, I never really thought of it that way, “take baby steps”. For I to would want things to happen really fast and to happen now. Reading this has actually made me relise that the saying “patience is a virtue” really means something. I’ve just recently fallen off the wagon and now after reading this I’m inspired to get back on it, and this time take baby steps.

  2. We all have baggage, I may not have become obese but eating disorders manifest in many different ways. I may look normal, and I haven’t had to deal with weightism, but inside we have all fought the same battles. Good luck to you, you sound like you have found the right track.

  3. I used to think I was making baby steps before, I’d drink less soda, eat more freggies, take more walks, eat less sweets, etc, but I was trying to make all these small changes all at once. Now I’m doing one step at a time. I gave up soda this week. I’m going to start eating breakfast next week. I’ll probably start taking walks the following week so I’m hitting it from both ends. This way it really sticks as a lifestyle change and if I fail at my current change, the other changes have already become habit

  4. HI! I just found your blog while searching MY name on Bing. You have no idea how overjoyed I am how my passion for helping others realize that they too CAN transform their minds and bodies “One Step at a Time”. Thank you for featuring my story and my video! -Eli Sapharti

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