The First Step


The first step…
How many people when scrolling through social media, or watching TV or talking to friends hear about the latest diet that is guaranteed to shed the pounds and excitedly jump onto the bandwagon, only to fall off weeks later, fed up, unhappy, hungry and back to square one?
How many people have rushed down to the shops and spent a fortune on the latest superfoods that they cannot even pronounce, let alone cook, only to watch them sit on the shelf and gather dust before chucking them in the bin?
How many people have spent their month’s salary on a whole raft of fitness equipment and a wardrobe of lycra only to use the exercise bike as a clothes horse in the corner of the bedroom and the jazzy leggings for general lounging?
Let’s be honest. We all have.
The reason why is that in an effort to improve our health and fitness, we have tried too hard, taken too big a step. Bitten off more than we can chew. The result is that we fail. This leaves us de-moralised and de-motivated and even further back than when we set out.
Small steps are the key. When we make any changes in our lives, in order for them to be successful, they have to be realistic. We have to know that they are achievable. Small steps are realistic. We can cope with small steps. So small in fact, that we don’t even notice that we have taken them until the benefits creep up on us.
Take that Big Mac, fries and choccie milkshake that you treat yourself to on a Friday. Next Friday, go for a diet coke. How about the Friday after that, maybe a ¼ pounder with cheese and a diet coke, what about after that just the ¼ pounder, hold the cheese and no fries? What about a salad and a bottle of water to go with the burger instead? Small steps lead to big steps. In no time at all, without really noticing, your calorie, fat, salt and sugar intake on a Friday have significantly reduced. In no time at all, you will start to feel better and may be considering Maccie D’s as a special treat.
Dig out your comfy trackie bottoms, find a much loved hoodie. Get the trainers out of the bottom of the cupboard and go for a walk round the block for 20 mins. Take your time to notice the surroundings, breathe in the fresh air, clear your mind. Next time you go out, up the pace. Go out twice a week. Enjoy it. How about three times. Small steps. Each one leaving you feeling better about how you feel and how you look. Each one building your confidence to get to the yoga class, to join the local run group, maybe even enter a race.
Your age, shape, gender, level of fitness are all irrelevant. All you have to do is take the first step.