It’s really about the little decisions that we make all day long that can make a difference between losing the weight you want and staying the same or regaining. I suppose it’s true overall in life as well – almost every decision you make at work, at home or within relationships makes some impact.
When I was struggling with being 305 pounds, I couldn’t see the value or the danger of those little decisions I made all day long. For example, I didn’t really consider that every time I ate an extra slab of brownie or a second order of fries, I was pushing myself further into obesity. I just thought of those choices as “bad” and kept making them. I never really thought about the fact that because I chose to sleep late and sit around 97% of the day, I was robbing myself of the opportunity to burn some calories and just maybe move on the path to wellness. Nor did I think about every little decision I made at the grocery store being a wise or unwise decision.
All I saw was the “whole” problem. I was fat. I was unhappy. I was powerless.
Or so I thought. I wasn’t powerless at all. It was within my power to make those little decisions that would put me on the right path — but those decisions were hard to make.
I’d encourage you to think about the differences that small decisions can make in your life.
If I had not eaten a 200-calorie candy bar every day, and not changed any other decision – I’d have saved 6,000 calories in a month. Enough to lose about 1 lb. But more important than the calorie saving would have been the triumph and control I would have felt by not giving into every whim.
If I had taken a short walk, I’d have burned a few calories – and probably felt better about myself.
If I hadn’t let my appearance go to the extent that I did – I’d have retained some of my self-esteem that had fallen into the abyss by taking care of myself.
If I hadn’t hidden my food problems from other people – I may have been able to freely admit that I had a problem rather than just reassuring everyone and myself that all was well.
The decisions you make now can have a huge impact on your health. According to the CDC, losing 10 percent of your body weight reduces your risk of heart disease and can help bring your blood pressure lower. If you weigh 200 pounds, 10 percent is just 20 pounds. Definitely possible – especially when you think about making one small decision after another until you reach your goals.
Losing weight, just like other things in life, is about decisions. We don’t always make perfect decisions, but if you make more good ones than not, you can reach your goals.
Any thoughts on the importance of small decisions? Diane