Sunday, May 16, 2010

Little Things Do Make A Difference

Whew! It was a long nerve-wracking night without my pedometer (like I need it while I sleep) but I made it through to morning without any apparent long-lasting traumatic affects. Then it was off to Dicks Sporting Goods to buy a replacement to the one that didn't float.

Ok, I know it sounds ridiculous to be so stressed out over the loss of a pedometer, but in reality this simple little device played such a huge part in my loss of 70 pounds, that it has become almost an additional body part. Though it has no physical effect on burning off pounds, it does act as a sentinal to keep you on track. Day in and day out, the pedometer gives a quick visual report card on where my exercise efforts are going (or not). Its an important reality check that prevents cheating and keeps me from saying "I can't lose weight no matter how hard I try." Its a proven fact that most people who use such a phrase, really aren't doing what they need to do and then spend a lot of time fooling themselves into believing they are 100% committed to weight loss, when in reality they aren't.

In the case of an exercise plan based on walking, jogging or running, the Pedometer TELLS ALL!

If you read my book, you know I am really into walking and proof that it does work. Soooooo many people say "I don't have time to develop and exercise program." Well, the beauty of walking is that it doesn't require all that much dedicated time because you can do it ALL THE TIME.

For example, last night I went to Wal-Mart. This particular store is always crowded, and I mean really crowded, which means a full parking lot. (Now here is where the fun begins.) There is a steady stream of cars cruising the parking lot looking for a spot CLOSE TO THE FRONT DOOR of the store. In fact, the average person will spend 10 minutes or more desperately searching, ready and willing to run over anyone who gets in their weigh and go to blows with other motorists in a fight for ideal parking proximity.

This is hilarious to me, because I will purposely park FAR from the entrance purely for the benefit of more steps on the pedometer. In fact, there have been times when I parked, walked in, shopped, checked out and returned to the car faster than the "searchers" could find that elusive front row parking spot.

Not only did I make better use of my time, I also contributed to my weight loss. Sure, those extra steps didn't burn off much, but when you combine that small amount of effort with lots of other small efforts, the cumulative effect can be very beneficial. Small things do make a difference!

This was one of the first steps I took when establishing a new lifestyle aimed at losing weight. Parking FAR away, avoiding escalators, moving sidewalks and elevators. Exercise isn't limited to a dedicated workout in a gym, it can come from everything you do during a normal day, you just have to get focused on all the opportunities that are ready and waiting.

By the way, if its raining, all bets are off in the parking lot...

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