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Small steps in the right direction

Small steps are still steps. Three or four small steps cover the same territory as one LONG step. We each have our own stride, with its own unique cadence. If we want to be in a different place, all that matters is that we face the direction we want to go and step….and step….and step…..

My dear friend, Jaylene McCrary Whitehurst, Heartwork Center for Creative Living http://www.heartworkccl.com/ posted this original quote. Reading it inspired new thinking for me.

Several years ago, I lost 30 pounds. It took an entire year of taking small steps, with a goal of losing weight, without concern for my overall health. I just wanted to be thin! I worked without a plan, simply eating when I was hungry and stopping when I was satisfied. I walked for 45 minutes three times a week and swam laps for 20 minutes twice a week. Nothing was forbidden, even my favorite Wendy’s homestyle chicken sandwich. I paid attention to my hunger pangs, ate a bit when my stomach growled, and then stopped eating when my stomach went quiet.

The problem came when I reached my weight-loss goal and stopped taking the steps that had helped me become thinner. I quickly started gaining weight, and without exercise, I became very winded, very quickly, even when walking the short distance from the front door of the school to my classroom each day.

This time around, I have committed to a healthy lifestyle. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and I have decided that I am more concerned with my overall health even more than my weight. I want to be strong and fit. Simply put, I feel so much better when I eat well and exercise. Being thin is simply a by-product of living a healthy lifestyle.

Even when I take a few steps backward, I pause and remember that even if the cadence isn’t smooth and steady, I can always get right back on track. Eating one meal that is off-target doesn’t mean that I have to keep trudging in that direction, moving far away from my desired path. I’ve learned to walk each day of this journey, one step at a time, always aiming to move in the right direction.