Friday, April 23, 2010

Ripple Effect

I'm getting to a point where when I run into people I haven't seen for awhile they want to know what I'm doing to lose weight, what skin products I'm using, and can they follow me around and do whatever it is that I'm doing. I am at a loss as to how to explain it. I'm not "on a diet" and I use soap, water, and a lotion with SPF. This journey started about a year ago and I changed one thing. I started putting frozen blueberries in my cereal. When that became a habit I started having two servings of vegetables for lunch. I kept adding healthy foods and the healthy foods just kinda pushed out the unhealthier ones. I didn't give up anything. After a few months I started doing some yoga every day, I then added walking around the block everyday. I kept adding blocks until I was walking for half an hour. Now - the only thing that has changed about my life is everything. It's the ripple effect in action. But everyone wants a quick solution and this journey hasn't been quick. I seek progress not perfection and I do these things one day at a time and it's working for me. I've got a long road to go but taking small steps makes the process nearly invisible.

Today was a 40 minute session on the treadmill at 2.8 mph. It felt good. Did I periodically want to stop - yes. Did I stop - no. I kept telling myself how the rest of my day would go knowing I'd gone the entire 40 minutes. I also thought about how disappointed I would be if I didn't.

Then for lunch my boss is out of town today so my co-worker and I decided on Mexican. I had a bean tostado, a ripe banana, and a big container of ice water. It tasted good. It wasn't diet food and it satisfied me for now.

Sorry about the rant...


  1. i love this! i am sending this post to my sis :) this shows how little changes can add up to something big. you are an inspiration!
    happy friday!

  2. Love how you did it the right way and made little changes that you stuck with! Go you!!

  3. I like your attitude. I too have made serious changes over time through daily, healthy choices. Being healthy isn't about deprivation, it's more about moderation and choosing what's right for you. Keep up the good work!

  4. It's so true that people just want a quick fix (and I'm sure they'd be more than excited to learn you did it all with a weight-loss pill). Too often people underestimate the ability of a healthy diet and lifestyle--not something radical--to get the job done. My husband's family thinks I'm on a diet just because I eat healthy and avoid fast food. Nope! No diet--it's just a common sense way of eating!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! And I'm so with you on Machu Picchu. Once my knee injuries are healed, I want to climb to it!

  5. It sounds like you are definitely on the right track to reaching your goals. Congrats on making good choices at lunch!