Kia Ākina

Working towards lifelong recovery from obesity

Persist – Take little steps everyday

The long and happy journey can seem an impossible journey at times; especially when unexpected life stresses come along. Another way of making it seem an impossibility is constantly focusing on the end goal and contemplating the substantial amount of weight loss required to get to a BMI of 29 rather than making little steps one day at a time.

The trick is to persist and keep going despite any unexpected worry or disappointment turning up that could put us off our stride – and they will inevitably occur.

Do something positive, even if very small, every day. Take little steps every day no matter what happens.

We may be in the habit of undertaking a regime of stretches every morning, going for a brisk walk or some other form of increased activity. But when a stress comes along we can easily feel less motivated and give up completely.

The key is to not abandon things altogether but do something, no matter how small, that indicates to ourselves that we are still on track with our recovery despite hard times. Cut the walk or stretches back to five minutes only and feel the positivity, even though it isn’t as optimal as previously. Once the stress has passed – and it will – you are able to step it up and won’t have the pain of starting from the beginning again.

It is the same with our eating.

Perhaps in the past we’ve gorged out on our favourite NEEDNT (an acronym for Non-Essential, Energy-Dense, Nutritionally-deficienT) or other problem food as a way of soothing our stressed out self. The principle of taking little steps every day in this instance would be to keep a semblance of control by not letting ourselves slip back fully to old overeating patterns, and do our best to keep up new eating ways such as chewing our food at least a bit more than we used to.

If we take little steps every day for five years we’re going to be a new person.  

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