Sometimes we think we’re making small steps when we’re really make no steps.
A case in point: instead of drinking Coke someone chooses Diet Coke because they’re trying to lose weight and be more healthy. (How many times have you read or heard something similar?)
This isn’t a small step towards health or weight loss, it’s no step. A small step would be to drink a glass of water instead of the Coke or the Diet Coke, which are both filthy, unhealthy, liquids.
Small steps, in this instance and many others, are more about mental progress than physical. Once the mental game is in check it’s much easier to make a bigger step.
Good questions to ask yourself:
What kind of small steps am I making? Are they a step forward or a step nowhere?
I’m interested in other small steps. If you have one, list it in the comments.
Here’s another I think about often. People who want to get fit, lose weight, etc., but drive everywhere, even short distances. When I lived in Austin (a walkable city) I had a rule that if it was 3 miles (5 km) or less I’d walk. Sure that meant I sometimes had to leave an hour early, but walking is good for you (not great as far as exercise, but good) and I had a chance to think and enjoy the outdoors.
3 miles might be a bit much for a lot of people. So, if you live in a city with public transport, get off a stop early on the way home and walk the rest. Or if you live in an area where you need to drive, park in the back of the parking lot. Refuse to use elevators. I live on the 4th floor of a building with no elevator. It is possible and will not kill you.
Build the attitude, the lifestyle, of fitness into your already busy schedule and it will snowball.