There are many stories of how slow and steady wins the race. We all remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare takes off at breakneck speed while the tortoise plods along slowly but steadily toward the finish line of the race. The hare thinks he is so far ahead of the tortoise he decides to take a nap. Low and behold, the tortoise, continuing at his steady speed, bypasses the hare and wins the race. Me? I tend to lean toward the hare in style but slow and steady also won my weight loss battle.
My battle with the bulge was won with the slow and steady approach. I’ve been very successful with keeping the weight off now for several years so I truly believe I have won this particular battle because I did it slowly and consistently. I changed my lifestyle with regards to what and when I eat. I didn’t step on the scale constantly and really never deprived myself of anything. If I wanted a piece of chocolate, I had a piece of chocolate but I had a PIECE of chocolate – not the whole bag of chocolate. Over time, I didn’t even have the piece of chocolate – my body didn’t want it any longer because it was craving the healthy food I was eating. Also drinking my healthy Shakology every morning controls cravings. But if tomorrow I wanted a piece of chocolate? I’m going to eat that piece of chocolate because if I tell myself I cannot have something, that’s all my mind focuses on – the deprivation which in turn makes me want it more.
SOMETIMES, I do forget that slow and steady is the most practical way to do just about anything because it creates a habit that results in a lifestyle change. I’m a jump in with both feet type of gal and because of this I can easily burn out. You would think I would “get” this since it’s been successful for me in my weight but I am one of those instant gratification types and this trait is coming back to bite me in my butt. While training the past year for the triathlon which is next month (yikes!) there are weeks where I am so focused on training that all I am doing is working then running to town to train. What happens is that I do not have balance in my life and when I don’t have that balance, it’s grumpy Denise.
Other times, this works to my advantage as in business and mentoring others in business because I focus 100% on their goals with them. But with other things, my laser focus is not such a great thing. One of my goals is to get balance in everything in my life and this is a goal I strive for each day. Some days I’m more successful than others but I keep moving in that direction steadily.
My first triathlon is July 14th and I’m really looking forward to it not only because it’s my first triathlon but along the way over the past year, I’ve balanced training for the triathlon along with everything else in my life. I’m excited to complete this first triathlon challenge but the wealth of knowledge I’ve gained over the past year will be even more valuable.
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age.