I’ve written a few times about the children’s story, “The Little Engine that Could,” but I think that this first Monday of 2020 needs this focus again.
Repeat after me: I think I can. I think I can.
Nothing in life that is worthwhile is easy, but, unfortunately, so much of what we see in successful people is the end result of years of hard work.
- The sports team that has a winning season has practiced and trained since before the first season game.
- The musician who wins an award.
- The writer who seems to magically has their first novel become a best seller almost over night.
So why, after years of unhealthy eating and leading a sedentary life, do we think that eating healthy and starting to exercise will be easy,
when we find out it it takes effort, planning, and hard work, we lose our motivation and drive.
Believe that you can be successful in the goal or goals you have set for yourself because that is half the battle.
If your goal for the new year is to begin healthy eating, but you have spent the last year or more feasting on fast food and junk food; START SMALL.
Drink one less can of soda per day for the first week; then, eliminate one more.
Substitute the afternoon candy bar with some vegetables or fruit.
Learn how cook easy, but healthy breakfasts.
Cook for two days and freeze one day for later.
The next week add another item you will eliminate or substitution you will make.
The idea is to take baby steps.
If you start with baby steps and keep moving forward, you are still MOVING FORWARD.
In our household, we are working on creating a mix of the keto diet, the set point diet, Suzanne Somers food rules, and the Pritikin diet. Plus, we have added three days of exercise.
We are taking baby steps.