I cannot tell you how many times I have read in a magazine that to lose weight you should try a few little simple tricks to drop the pounds. Those articles always say things like:
- Park farther away in the parking lot from your destination.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Stop drinking sodas.
These are all really good pieces of advice, but I always figured they were focused on those people who only had 5-10 lbs to lose. They didn’t really work for people like me, did they?
I thought I would find out. The first day I started on this lifestyle change I took the stairs instead of the elevator when I got to work. I’ve taken the stairs every day since. Even when I don’t feel good. Even when I am carrying a bunch of crap with me. Even when the last thing on earth I want to do is take the stairs. I take them anyway. I take them up. I take them back down again.
How about that parking lot thing? With the occasional excuse of “raining” I park as far away from the front door in any parking lot as I can get. I haven’t had to fight for a parking spot since January! I don’t even notice the extra steps.
Soda. Giving up sugary soda wasn’t all that difficult. I switched to diet first, and then I went a few days without diet, and now I have one every few days and I almost never finish it.
Those small steps, combined with trying to eat healthier and working in the occasional 30 minutes here and there at the gym has results in a weight loss in excess of 12 pounds in just about 6 weeks now.
I’d say those little things add up to big things. You just have to keep doing them long enough for them to add up.
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