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Little by little.

Monday, August 05, 2013

I've always been the type to take on everything at once. When I start something new, instead of adding it in little by little, I try to jump in and just start doing everything right then. Like in my faith. For those of you who don't know, I'm a convert to Catholicism. And in Catholicism, we have a liturgical calendar that we follow each year. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Ordinary Time, and an assortment of feasts and holy days throughout. With all of these there are traditional celebrations and activities that have been passed down.

For example, during Advent we have an Advent wreath, the Jesse Tree, the Nativity, and candles that we light in anticipation of Christmas Day and Jesus's birthday. It's a lot of work if you try to suddenly go from watching a variety of Christmas movies and baking cookies as the eptimome of you Christmas preparation to all of the traditional celebrations in the Catholic Church like I did. But if you go little by little, and one year add the Advent wreath, then the next the Jesse tree, then the next candles (I was already on board with the Nativity) it's a lot easier. You get used to the Advent wreath and lighting its candles one year, then the next it's just part of the celebrations while you get used to adding an ornament to the Jesse Tree each day. And then the next year the Advent wreath and the Jesse Tree are part of your Christmas routine as you add something else. So much easier to add things little by little.

The same goes with weight loss and getting healthier. I've always approached it with the attitude that it was all those extra pounds were going to come off at once. Why I've had that mentality I'm not sure given that logically it won't happen that way, but now that I've thought about it, I've got a new attitude about weight loss. I know that I need to lose at least 90 lbs. Once I've done that I'll reevalute my health and consult my doctor to see if I'm good or if I need to lose some more. Up until today, I've been trying to lose 90 lbs. As in trying to lose them all NOW and getting discouraged and frustrated when I don't lose them all NOW.

So instead, like with adding Christmas celebrations, I'm going to break it up into little segments, but I'll be taking away pounds. Instead of trying to lose 90 lbs NOW I'm going to try to lose 10 lbs NOW. And when I've lost those, I'll do the next 10 lbs NOW. And so on and so forth. I've already lost 7 lbs. I've got three more to go before this NOW is finished and I'll have been successful. And then I'll only have eight more NOW's before I'm at my overall goal. And let me tell you, thinking about having three more pounds left is a lot more encouraging than thinking I've got eighty-three pounds left.

There's my pale attempt at wisdom. Instead of looking at that huge, overwhelming, unattainable number, just do a little at a time. It finally clicked just this morning for me and I already feel a lot better and a lot more confident that I can do this. I hope it helps you feel the same.

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BAMAJAM 8/8/2013 12:00PM

  Hi Brooke-- As a young mom, you must be so busy with twin boys! I hope that you have support folks nearby to offer help or a break from time to time. I am a grandmother to four little boys-- no girls yet. Boys are delightful!
My mom was a twin-- and I wanted twins too, but had three single births, all sons.
Funny -- that my brother only had girls--six !

I hope that you are finding interesting articles from Sparkpeople, and I hope that you will reach your goals. You are right about taking small steps -- slow and steady steps will win. Never quit! God bless you, Brooke! Hugs for you and for your sweet sons! Mary

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BROOKE_HULSEY 8/7/2013 11:13AM

    I had such a sweet comment on this post, and I apparently hit the wrong button and made it go away, and I don't remember exactly what the commenter's name was. I'm so sorry, I was talking to my boys at the same time I went to comment. Just goes to show I'm not a great multi-tasker. Thank you so much for your comment, it made my day a little brighter. God bless you, too!

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Things I wish I was.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I realized lately that I have a lot of wishes concerning myself. I wish I was more physically fit. I wish I fixed my hair to make it look nice and not just stick it in a ponytail every day. I wish I had clothes in my closet I wanted to wear, clothes that are classy and stylish. Not the jeans and t-shirts I so often fall back on because of how I feel about my body. I wish I could cook like a daughter of Italy, and have wine and tomato sauces as pantry staples. I wish I took time to do more crafty things and become a Pintrest princess with an adorable wreath made out of toilet paper or something on my front door. I wish I was a well known novelist with at least one best seller on the shelves of bookstores nation wide. I wish, I wish, I wish. And then I realized something else. Why just wish it? I'm working on my weight and health issues. I've already lost four pounds, and my husband is encouraging and suppporting me, as well as working right along side me. We're planning on starting walking together in the afternoons at the local park when he gets off work. If I can work hard and change that about myself, why can't I change the rest of me to what I wish, too? Hair is easy to fix once you get the hang of it. I can slowly replace my wardrobe with clothes I'd rather wear. A cooking class would be fun, especially if I could get my husband or a friend in on it. Crafts are something I've never had a problem doing, I just need to take the time for it. The novel might be a bit tricky, but I've got plenty of ideas I could work on. I forget sometimes, especially recently, that I'm only 25. I can still wrestle my life in the direction I want it to go. So I will. And in another 25 years, I won't be looking back with I wishes.

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CAKAROO 6/10/2013 6:19AM


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TWINZMOM7 6/9/2013 8:18PM

  You can do this!! emoticon

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MYBULLDOGS 6/9/2013 6:52PM


i lost 44 pounds at age 61 by giving up sugar and grain products.

my sister lost 105 pounds by walking 15000 steps a day at age 63.


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UMBILICAL 6/9/2013 6:45PM

  Things I know I am

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Baby steps.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'm slowly easing into this whole workout/eat healthy/get healthy thing. I started eating better with serious intent on Tuesday, and was shocked this morning by the 760 calorie burrito I ate for lunch yesterday after taking one of my sons to the doctor. I had thought it looked healthier than most of the other things on the menu. Lesson learned: never judge a food by its picture. But it is a learning process, after all. Today I'm back on track with 30 minutes on my elliptical this morning. I'm considering taking the boys for a walk in the park in a bit, but I'm not sure yet. Mainly because of the cold one has and is promising to share with the other. We'll see. If not, I've already met my goal for today. Tomorrow I'm adding pilates for strength, though I wonder if I could count carrying the boys around. They're almost a combined 30 lbs now, sans car seats. I'll have to look into that, and possibly create a new method for weight lifting. Baby lifts, anyone?

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TWINZMOM7 5/23/2013 6:37PM

  That's what it is all steps and tackling one thing at a time!! You can do this!

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VALIENDRA 5/23/2013 3:54PM

    I am sure some of the Sparkers are using their babies as lift, you should browse the SparkTeams ans the message boards =)

You know, one thing I wish I had been told in the start was : keep coming, it works. Like everything, dedication is the key as well as forgivness. Keep coming, keep pushing. Baby steps rock !

Iza ☼

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SUZEMARIE73 5/23/2013 12:10PM

    Congrats on getting started. That's the hardest part! It is easiest to focus on one small thing at a time--master it, then move on to adding the next. If it weren't for baby steps I'd have given up already!

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