Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!

 Hello everyone. Thanks again for all the nice comments you've left. I responded to many, so hope you saw that. I just commented on Kay's blog and quoted the saying that I posted in my title; a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  I thought of that saying today, because I often hear people saying how fast time flies, or where did the time go?  Time marches on slow and steady and before you know it many days, months and years have flown by. I often ask myself, how did I get to this weight, when did this happen? The answer is that my weight gain was like the marching on of time, a slow and steady process.It didn't happen overnight. It was a few pounds a year, over many years, that added up to lots of unwanted weight. You almost don't realize it's happening until one day the 5 pounds has turned into 10, the ten into twenty and on it goes. I suppose for some people it can be more rapid, but for me it was a slow and steady gain. A little after each pregnancy, each vacation, each holiday season.

So when the time comes and we decide we need to change our lifestyle, habits and way of eating,  why does it seem so overwhelming, so impossible and hard to handle?  Because it's like a long journey to any destination. You know it will take a lot of time to get there, you will be tired and grumpy along the way, and it will seem like it will never end. You can't really visualize the ending, all you can think about is how far you have to travel. But then you get there, and you realize it was worth it. It was worth all the inconveniences and time to get to where you wanted to be. You made it!

When I first started out on my weight loss journey, it seemed impossible that I could really succeed It seemed out of reach and too much to handle. If you knew me personally, you would know that I never give up, I usually accomplish what I set out to do, and I can be a bit tenacious ( in a good way!). This was one area, that I felt I may never succeed at. Why can't I succeed at the one thing I really want the most? I really felt a lack of confidence in my ability to lose this weight. But I saw success on the blogs that I read, and I realized that there are woman just like me, struggling with the same problem, but they took the first step, then another and kept going. Sometimes they stumbled, sometimes they fell, but they just kept going in the same direction. Little by little, slow and steady, single steps. No shortcuts, no gimmicks. They had their plan, and like the road map for a long journey, they stayed as close to the plan as possible. The weight loss didn't happen overnight ( just like the weight gain), but it happened.

So my new blogger friends, I thank you for showing me that it can be done, and if I stick to the plan, take daily steps in the right direction and lean on others for support, I'll get to my destination....one step at a time!
Bye for now. Until next time.... Work hard, play nice, be kind. Go to your destiny! Fear nothing!

Thought for the day:
There's no shortcut to anywhere worth going!

What's exciting me today:
* the beautiful weather
* hearing the birds chirping ( we have a large tree outside our bedroom window and there was a full blown concert going on this morning!)
* catching up on a few chores that I've been putting off
* my scale was down almost a pound and a half this morning!

What I ate yesterday:
B - 2 scrambled eggs with cheese and low sugar ketchup ( I know, eggs and ketchup?, it's just how I roll!), 2 slices of ezekial bread with cream cheese, coffee with Nustevia drops ( loving these), cinnamon, benefiber and almond breeze
L-whole wheat flat out brand bread, topped with tomato sauce, cheese, fresh basil
D- Dinner out at houlihans and had  grilled shrimp over arugla salad, also three bites of my sons mac and cheese and two glasses of wine
S- nuts and cheese in the afternoon, and 2 squares of dark chocolate in the evening, and if I'm to be totally honest, another glass of wine while watching a tv show with the family! (I'm an oenphile, well sort of. I love to read about wine, buy wine and drink wine.  It was a summer evening and it just called for another crisp glass of sauvignon blanc! I was weak!)


  1. I KNOW that my love of wine is what's holding me back from attaining my goal. After my vacation this week I am going to stop *gasp!* drinking wine until I get to my goal. I am hoping that will motivate me to finish what I started - I'm only 9 pounds away.

  2. I hear you Dawn. But c'mon we have to give up sugar, most carbs and wine??? I'm not giving that up, but I do have to work on limiting it to two glasses. Weekends are hardest, especially when getting together with friends.All of our friends are wine drinkers too, so there's always some good stuff to try. Hope you enjoy your vacation. You're only 9 lbs from your goal! That's amazing! Good luck.

  3. Hi Pattie,

    What a great post today. Yes, you can get there 1 step at a time. and the wine thing - I know Jorge says you can have 2 glasses of dark red wine a night, but he's already skinny and I think it should be saved for once in a while because alcohol is fattening. I save it for get togethers or out to dinner or stuff like that.
    Have a great day :-)

  4. I think that wine affects different folks differetly on the bfc. I have found that it stalls my weight loss so I have tried to save it for once a week and only 2 glasses...which is very hard because I love my red wine. But it's nice to know that we are allowed to drink, I think that makes the bfc a good lifestyle and not just a diet.

  5. You are a very articulate writer:)
    Most of my friends are very into their wines, I have never had a taste for anything other than Boones Farm:) Thank goodness. I used to tell everyone that their wine was my chocolate. I had chocolate every day and they had wine.
    I wish you every success in this journey. I know I don't look like I did 19 months ago, when my grandson was born (that is my goal weight) but I am starting to look like me again. At Christmas time I was up to around 170. I officially started on March 7th at 165.4. I am now holding at 146ish....I feel so much better! You can do it!!!

  6. Love your blog....keep up the good work!