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One Step At A Time

Making Progress One Step at a Time

Watching the accomplishments that so many achieved today in the Boston Marathon can make the small baby steps that I’ve been making seem so insignificant. And in the eyes of many they may be.

But not for me.

For me personally, the small steps that I’ve made since the beginning of April – which include traveling 14.53 miles and losing 7.5 pounds – are monumental.

Celebrating Progress

As part of this lifestyle transformation, I’ve discovered a number of inspirational people.

One of those people is Roni from Roni’s Weigh who just celebrated her own progress with a yoga pose that quite honestly doesn’t even look possible without special effects. (I’ve looked for a support wire and it isn’t there.)

Congrats Roni!

Seeing this celebration is a reminder that we need to focus on our own goals and accomplishments, and not to minimize them in comparison to others.

One Step At A Time

Just two short weeks ago, I never would have guessed that I would have exercised at all – let alone put 14.53 miles and 7.5 pounds between myself and April 1st!

Sure, I still have many, many more miles and pounds to go but I started.

I took action!

It would be easy to get discouraged when Running Wife heads out for a run and travels farther than I do in a week. Or when she maintains the weight that she worked so hard to lose. But rather than get discouraged, I celebrate her progress with her and she celebrates my progress with me.

Together.

Goals are not accomplished instantly – at least not in most cases. But they are accomplished by taking one step at a time and continuing to push yourself farther with each step. And with each step, it is important to take time and celebrate.

With that perspective, both Running Wife and I have a lot to celebrate!

Let’s celebrate together – what progress have you made?

Ouch! That Doesn’t Feel Right

With the pride of completing the first day of interval training fresh on my mind, there were visions of mastering my first 5k in less than two months.

Unfortunately, those visions lasted less than 24 hours.

That Doesn’t Feel Right

The next day as I walked into work, something didn’t feel quite right with my right foot. Initially it was just a little twinge, but the pain increased throughout the day.

I am not sure what exactly happened, but the pain is across the top of my foot right at the base of my toes. Unfortunately, the location means it is difficult to walk as each step has been painful.

Over the last two days I’ve had more of a hobble than a walk – much to the amusement of our kids.

When I shared the news with Running Wife, she asked if I was walking on my toes while on the elliptical as she had experienced something similar.

To be honest, I really couldn’t answer her question. The unexpected difficulty of that first day of interval training meant I was spending more time just hanging onto the elliptical, and I wasn’t giving too much attention to how my feet were positioned!

Slight Setback

The hope was that a day of rest would clear things up and I would be back on track. Unfortunately, things were still painful yesterday and I decided to give it one more day of rest.

On the bright side, I’ve found myself anxious to get back on the elliptical and keep moving forward.

In the past, something like this would be the impetus for excuses and I would be back to sitting on the couch watching the boob tube on a nightly basis. My eating habits would slowly revert back to snacking on crappy food and I would be right back to where I had started.

But this time something is different.

This has been a slight setback in my schedule, but I actually want to get back at it and stay on track for my first 5k. The thought of the next workout is one of anticipation as opposed to dread.

Shift In Mindset

It wasn’t expected to happen so soon, but I have had a shift in mindset – one where exercise excites me and I am mentally committed to treating my body right; both from the perspective of exercising as well as the food that I am eating.

Did I mention I ate a handful of grapes as a snack last night?

It is amazing to experience how one’s mindset can have such an impact on the way that you approach a challenge. With the mindset that I had just a month or two back, this pain in my foot would have derailed all of my plans and that 5k would be nothing but a memory.

Now, it is nothing but a small pebble on my road to success.