Thinking Small, Part 3

January 12, 2008 at 3:33 am Leave a comment

There’s more confirmation out in the blogosphere for my “think small” philosophy.

In addition to nutrition & fitness blogs, I also read several personal finance blogs, including American Consumer News. Today’s post, How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution, listed six keys to sticking with whatever goal you’ve resolved to achieve in the year ahead.

The second point, Come Up with Baby Steps, is particularly apropos.

If your goal is to eat healthier this year, it’s not going to happen overnight. If you simply decide to start eating healthy all the time, you’re much less likely to stick with it. If instead you try to start eating healthier a few meals a week, start cooking with healthier ingredients, trying new healthier recipes, switching to diet soda, and gradually working into a healthy eating lifestyle, you’ll be much more likely to succeed. Instead of diving into the pool head first and hoping that you know how to swim, you’re taking it slowly and performing intentional steps to learn how to swim.For your convenience, I’ve re-posted my tips on how you can start “thinking small” today.

  • Return the grocery cart to the stall in the parking lot every time you go to the grocery store. (Those extra few steps add up!)
  • Keep a pack of sugarless gum in your purse or pocket for when cravings hit. Pop a piece in your mouth instead of grabbing that bag of chips.
  • Substitute a bottle of water for one soda each day.
  •  Dip your chips in salsa only, avoiding the cheese dip, the next time you order chips and dip at a restaurant.
  • Order a side salad with low-fat dressing instead of French Fries to go with your burger from the fast-food joint.
  •  If you’re just starting a fitness regimen, decide to exercise only one day a week for the first month or two.
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