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Baby steps (what are they really?) and consistency.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


I just want to be consistent again and I have to start with small goals. I'm trying to track something everyday. Even if I don't fill out my entire tracker, I'm getting to the page. I'm acknowledging some of what I am eating. I know I'm not ready to acknowledge all of what I'm eating. But it has to be baby steps.

Interesting, though. Having recently watched a baby learn how to walk it just struck me that there is absolutely no consistency to it! He'd take one step, and then fall down and that was it for the day. The next day, he'd try again - he'd get a little bit further. Then maybe a few days with no walking before he did it again. Maybe baby steps just means gradual change, rather than taking small steps towards a goal. Because once he was walking there were no small steps!! Just big, fast, running steps. And then he'd fall down. But the more he did it, the better he became. And the less he fell down. But now, even after a year and a half of walking, he still falls.

So, lets relate this to my biggest problem: the mindless eating of sugar. I have a good day, then I have a bad one. Then I try again. Like my little toddler, I may get a bit further, then I fall down again. Maybe I'm being too hard on myself. Because I still get up. I'm still trying to get better at it - and perhaps I am without even realising it. I had a bad day yesterday. But I understand why. And today has been really good. Because I learned from yesterday. I may fall down tomorrow, I may not. But, perhaps the big lesson I need to take from all of this - is that I am getting better at it. Even if, in the midst of a mindless eating binge, it feels like I am not. Actually, perhaps, much like a toddler gradually learns to walk, I am gradually getting better at eating healthily.

So, maybe it is not consistency that is the key - meaning that I am able to do the same thing every day perfectly. Perhaps it is being able to pick myself up after a fall and keep on going, trusting that the falls will gradually become fewer and farther apart. Perhaps the consistency is getting up again, rather than having a perfect healthy eating day everyday.
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  • SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    Sharing your struggles and being aware keeps me from going over the edge. Checking in everyday with yourself is a good way to stay on track.
    833 days ago
  • KELLIEBEAN
    WONDERFUL BLOG!!!! Baby steps is how I finally reached my goal and maintenance. For years I went all out and when I fell off the wagon, I just kept going downhill.

    I believe if we consistently take the baby steps, embracing the falls, we will get where we want to be, just like the toddlers learning to walk and run. Get right back up again!

    You are on a great path!!!
    833 days ago
  • VFAITHFUL1
    Consistency in getting back up is still consistency. Watch the trend instead of each step. Think about the stick market. There are a lot of little ups & downs but they don't matter as much as the trend.
    834 days ago
  • STEEPERSLOUNGE
    Excellent blog.
    834 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    "But, perhaps the big lesson I need to take from all of this - is that I am getting better at it. Even if, in the midst of a mindless eating binge, it feels like I am not. Actually, perhaps, much like a toddler gradually learns to walk, I am gradually getting better at eating healthily."

    Yes, yes, yes!!!

    All of us. ALL OF US … fall! Those of us that succeed, keep getting back up and refuse to quit on ourselves. Why? Because we are worth it!!!

    Keep on keeping on, lady. And, yes, do not be so hard on yourself. emoticon

    834 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    You’re right... it’s all about consistency.
    834 days ago
  • IGSBETH
    Picking yourself up is the way to go!
    834 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    Yes, being able to pick yourself up is the key!
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    I don't know one single Sparker who never falls down, so we all need this attitude.
    Loved the description of how your son learned to walk.
    My son, now 25, was very cautions, he always held on to something, walked around the table or along the wall. My daugther, now 24, just stood up in the middle of the room. lifted her hands near to hear ears and grabbed thin air, walked a few steps then squat down.
    Sweet memories! : )
    834 days ago
  • JUSTFURKIDS
    Stay Strong and Keep SPARK’n! You’ll get there! I gave up sugar in January and don’t miss it a bit but couldn’t be so strong without a little stevia in my life! Amazing stuff! In fact I just made a batch of Keto mini cheesecakes! Yummy!
    834 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Yes! It's ALL about not giving up. Persevering. Continuing on the path from where you left off. Good luck!
    834 days ago
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