If you've never heard of this movement, Google it and check it out. It's called "The Ripples Project", and I get their weekly e-mails. The whole point of it is to "explore the extraordinary power of tiny actions."
Ain't that the truth when it comes to weight loss!
You may (not) be surprised that I am a bit of a drama queen. (SHOCK! HORROR!). I've never been good with planning, or consistency, routines, or baby steps. Baby steps are for suckers; I wanna leap from one place to another, dammit.
Weight loss doesn't work that way. Sure, the drama of losing 30+ pounds between the time I had my surgery and the time I went home 8 days later really fed my drama appetite, but it's been a month and my weight hasn't changed--except for up and down 2.5 lbs. So I'm having to rely on the little things, instead of the big losses. Like not eating until I get sick. Like choosing a protein over a carb. Like being able to do 15 minutes on the elliptical when I could only do 10 minutes last week. And what I'm really hoping for is that all of these little things will eventually add up. That I'll feel the "extraordinary power of my tiny actions."
I thought of this today because in their weekly e-mail they always include some cool quotes, usually submitted by other readers. This week, it really struck home:
"When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be."
(Disclaimer: It does seem like I'm all cool and zen-ish with this quote, doesn't it? Zen doesn't exactly describe me. Case in point, one of my all-time favorite quotes is this one: "Whenever I'm driving through the desert, and I see a roadrunner, I run it over and say, 'That's for the coyote!' I don't really like the coyote, but it's a good excuse to run over things."—Craig Stacey. Yeah. Zen, I ain't.)
So anyhoo, right now I'm taking baby steps (grumble, grumble) and trying to let go of the fat person I've been to be the healthy person I might be. That's this week's homework assignment.
Does anyone have a quote that they live by, are trying to live by, or that they just really like?