Little by little

IMG_1498I saw this picture today and HAD to share! One of the things I’ve noticed over the last 18 months is how the small things make a difference. At my first appointment at Tri 2 B Fit I felt overwhelmed by the amount of weight I wanted to lose and questioned how I could actually change my life so dramatically. The previous failed attempts and negative thought patterns about anything related to weight loss, dieting and exercise felt like they could crush any glimmer of hope that I could change. I had made plenty of “plans” (perhaps I’m the only one who’s done this???). I watched the Biggest Loser and figured my goals should be more “realistic” since I was working full-time and was not being paid to work out 8 hours a day. So my “realistic goals” were things like “Go to the gym 6 days a week”, “Lose 10 pounds a month” and “Eat healthy – NO SUGAR, ESPECIALLY ICE CREAM”. It is important to note that I was almost 350 lbs and entirely sedentary, so 10 lbs a month should be simple, right? Why didn’t it ever work out that way? I was sure it was just because I was weak and lacked willpower. There is a lot we could discuss about those goals, but I’ll save that for another time!

In my first appointment with Kelly she told me 1-2 pounds a week of weight loss was a realistic goal. I agreed, but very reluctantly – I mean, I weighed a LOT and who wants to take THAT MUCH TIME to lose weight? I had goals & plans on hold for this! I secretly decided I’d just be an overachiever and lose more than that: win-win, right? HA! I don’t recommend doing that – I’d achieve the 1-2 lbs a week goal and be disappointed that it wasn’t more. It was an unnecessary added battle which diminished my ability to see progress and celebrate.

People who see me all the time do not necessarily see the little changes. However, even I am shocked when I see pictures of myself from 18 months ago. I recently went under 200 lbs, which was a big milestone! There is so much that is different beyond just the weight – that is just a small part of the goals.

Perhaps the “little” goal of 1 pound a week” seems too small, but little by little those pounds add up. So often it’s the little changes – the things that are sustainable, the things that we can do daily that turn into our life-changers. What are some of the “little” goals that have made a difference in your life?

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4 Responses to Little by little

  1. j carlin says:

    Congratulations…you are doing a wonderful job..it isn’t easy to change!!!

  2. Debbie says:

    I am so proud of you. I recently started the weight loss lifestyle and am trying to be happy with the small weight losses. I am trying to stay encouraged by remembering that this is for the rest of my life. It is OK to go slow and healthy.

  3. Sally says:

    I loved reading this! You are such an inspiration to me and everyone who has seen you going through your journey. Thank you for the reminder to be patient and not to give up through this process. To hang on and watch as the “little” losses add up to a LOT!

  4. LEANN SHELLEY says:

    Shauna,  Huge congratulations for going under 200 pounds!!!! That is fantastic.  And while it seems like 18 months has been an eternity to you, for the rest of us it has happened quite fast.  It has been rewarding and motivating to watch your progres.  So many times when I look at my body and feel hopeless I think of how much progress you have made and remind myself it is possible if I want it bad enough.  A little thing that has helped me is keeping a food log.  It is really hard to see my “clean” diet on paper with the fat, protein and carb counts.  I am more aware that my diet is not very clean at all.  Little by little, I am learning a lot.  From: Tri 2 B Fit To: lcshell1@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 9:27 PM Subject: [New post] Little by little #yiv4783630745 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4783630745 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4783630745 a.yiv4783630745primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4783630745 a.yiv4783630745primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4783630745 a.yiv4783630745primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4783630745 a.yiv4783630745primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4783630745 WordPress.com | Shauna posted: “I saw this picture today and HAD to share! One of the things I’ve noticed over the last 18 months is how the small things make a difference. At my first appointment at Tri 2 B Fit I felt overwhelmed by the amount of weight I wanted to lose and questioned ” | |

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