Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Within one year, I went from wearing a size 8 and running and working out regularly to busting out of size 14 pants and not working out at all. After years of consistent exercise, I couldn’t believe I was starting over from scratch.

I was really struggling with getting back on track. While I hated where I was, I just couldn’t seem to find the energy to pull myself out of bed in the morning and move.

Two things were key to my turning around that situation. One was having a friend who became my accountability partner and major league cheerleader. (Julia, I couldn’t have done it without you!) The second was counting every single thing I did during the day that could even be remotely considered part of a healthy lifestyle.

I set small, attainable goals for how much time I would move my body. Starting with a goal of just 10 minutes a day, I counted walking the dogs, vigorous vacuuming, or even a long walk across a parking lot to my car. I literally counted anything and everything that involved moving. A few weeks of meeting that minimal goal and I bumped it up to two hours a week, and then three hours. And so on.

Focusing on my success and having a supportive person to report my successes to made all the difference in the world.

Today, I work out vigorously for 25 to 60 minutes, six mornings a week. I eat healthy foods most of the time, and wear between a size 4 and 6. I did not get there overnight. But by slowly and steadily making those small decisions towards a healthier me, I built momentum and achieved my goals.

If you are already working out regularly, awesome! How can you push yourself just a little bit further? If you are changing your energetic momentum towards a healthier you, what is the minimum you can do today that will make you feel like you are making progress? Focus on that. Count that. Celebrate that.

Just consistently making those small decisions to move in the direction of who you want to be will help you achieve the life of your dreams.

Together we can do it!

5 thoughts on “Slow and Steady Wins the Race

  1. Hanna, you have been a tremendous friend to me as well, and wonderful at motivating me! I lost weight last year I never would have lost without your support. I value you and your friendship so much, and I’m so impressed with your blog. Keep up the great work, my friend!

    • Thanks so much for your comments! You are definitely not alone in struggling with those “all or nothing” thoughts and feelings. That was my biggest block in the past and the reason I would lose weight and get fit only to regain the weight over and over again. It was only when I challenged and changed that mindset that I got the weight off–and have kept it off. There’s a lot of relief in knowing that you can still make progress without being perfect. So glad you know that your body needs the rest. Sounds like you are taking care of you!

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