If you feel trapped in an unbearable situation, I want you to realize you have the power to change it. You have the power to lose weight by taking baby steps.
The idea of losing weight can seem overwhelming. The key to success is learning how to break this big goal into small, easy steps. Every small step you take toward your goal is progress. Believe in yourself and the power you have!
How to Take Baby Steps
Achieving your goals requires action, but these actions can be small. Ask yourself what you can do to move closer toward reaching your goal. Set a series of easy tasks.
To use an example, if I want to paint my living room, I have to plan what tasks I need to do. Here’s what I would put on my schedule:
- Today, I’ll go to the store and get color swatches.
- Tomorrow, I’ll pick the color and buy the paint.
- Next weekend, I’ll take out the old nails and patch the holes.
- On my day off the following week, I’ll move the couch and chairs into the middle of the room and cover them with tarps.
All these small steps will add up to something huge—a new living room! Step by step. Why not apply this logic to losing weight?
Lose Weight by Taking Baby Steps
To lose weight, begin by identifying the small, specific behavior changes you need to make. Think about what easy thing you can do right now. Don’t pick large actions. Keep it simple.
Examples of specific baby steps:
- “Tomorrow and Wednesday, I’ll go for a half-hour walk.”
- “The next three days, I’ll eliminate my late-night snack and take a bubble bath before bed.”
- “On Wednesday and Friday, I’ll pack a healthy lunch instead of eating fast food.”
- “Today, I won’t buy any junk food when I go to the grocery store.”
Helpful Tips When Making Baby Steps
1. Be Realistic
If your steps aren’t realistic, you’ll set yourself up for failure. So think small. You’ll gain confidence as you take baby steps.
Setting goals which require a drastic reduction in food or a huge increase in exercising aren’t attainable. So, find easy things you can do right now.
2. Set a Time
Setting a specific time for each step can help motivate you. A series of timed, short-term actions can serve as stepping stones to your long-term goal. When you set your baby steps, commit to a specific time that you’ll do them.
3. Write it Down
Write down the small steps you need to take. There’s power in writing out your thoughts. It helps organize them. But it also means you’re making a commitment.
Post this plan in a place where you see it often as a reminder to yourself. You can post it on a wall, set reminders on your calendar, or add it to your to-do list.
4. Celebrate Your Victories!
Each time you check an item off your list, it will give you a feeling of accomplishment. Keeping this record of your baby steps will help you see that you’re progressing toward your goal. This way, you can have many victories to celebrate!
Each victory leads to the next, and now you have momentum. You’re on your way. Your ultimate weight-loss goal is closer and within reach.
Knowing the power that baby steps can have to transform your life, big goals seem a easier to manage. You can do this!
What baby step will you take starting right now to lose weight?