Small Change Is Better Than No Change

Small ChangesPeople are often looking for the perfect conditions under which to embark on a particular journey such as weight loss, career change, or completing their education.  They think they need to meet certain conditions before they can be successful in achieving a goal. What most of them fail to realize is that there will never be a “perfect” time to do something and if they sit around too long waiting for it, they may well miss out on a wonderful opportunity.

This thought process is very common when it comes to starting a weight loss program. I know because in the past, I had often thought that since I couldn’t lose all of the weight in a short period of time and couldn’t start out running several miles at a time, I may as well not try.  What I didn’t realize at the time was that the most important thing is to start, regardless of how far you have to go.  What I learned this time around is that it doesn’t matter what point you are at, it’s always a good time to start changing your life for the better.

When I started my current journey in September 2011, I could not fit into “normal” workout clothes, so I just wore what I could.  I didn’t allow myself to worry about how I looked or what other people would think.  All I focused on was doing what I needed to do to improve my health.

The truth is, it was very difficult for me to get started exercising because I was so heavy.  I could only walk a short distance before I was out of breath and feeling like I was going to pass out.  My feet and legs ached from all of the extra weight I was carrying and I would get shin splints.

When I first started exercising, I started very small.  Two of my dearest friends would meet me at the mall on Saturday morning and we would walk one lap around the lower level and then one lap around the upper level.  I had to sit down and take a break in the middle of each of these laps, but I did it.   After a few months of mall walking in a climate controlled environment, I ventured to a nearby park with a one mile track.  I would force myself to walk the complete mile, even on the days that I felt sure I couldn’t do it.  Before I knew it, I was doing two miles, then three, and I eventually got up to six miles.  I now run between four and six miles per day, usually on the treadmill, and I lift weights and do other toning exercises.

What I want you to understand is that even if you can only walk for five minutes, do it!!!  You have to get started before you can advance to new levels.  Any movement is better than no movement at all.  Any diet modification is better than no diet modification at all.  Don’t get caught up in trying to achieve or master everything all at once.  Small changes add up to big results.

What small change could you make today that could have a big impact on your life tomorrow?  Remember, nothing is too small.  If lots of changes seem overwhelming, just pick one thing and do it.  I promise you won’t regret it!

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  1. Kassie, enjoyed your blog and good luck to you in reaching your goal. You have been an inspiration to me. You have proved that with determination, you can overcome whatever obstacles might be in your way.

  2. Congratulations, I believe I got this through your dad sending emails and I’m on someone’s list either way I got it. Thanks for making your Blog I think it will help a lot of people to know that you can make something happen if you keep trying.

  3. A thought for today – Remember, you are the only one in charge of what goes in and comes out of your mouth. 🙂

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