View Full Version : One Day at a Time

03-27-2003, 12:02 PM
This is my mantra. One day at a time.

Hi, I've been lurking this board for a few weeks, and haven't decided if I want to take the WISH challenge or not. Thinking seriously about it. Y'all are great support!

Anyhow, I started a few days ago, eating right, drinking lots of water, and getting in an evening four mile walk. What I tell myself, instead of looking at the long road ahead of me (months and months), I look at just today. When the little bowl of Hershey kisses on the secretary's desk calls to me, I look at them and say, "For today, I'm eating right, healthy, and losing this weight. If I still want it tomorrow, I'll eat it then. But for today, I'm going to pass on that chocolate." When I get home and don't feel like walking, I say to myself, "For today, I'm exercising and working at losing this weight. If I don't want to walk tomorrow, then I won't. But for today, I'm going to walk." One day at a time.

The neat part is when I go to bed at night, I feel good about accomplishing what I did today. I don't worry about the big grand plan. I focus on today's baby step. And when I get up in the morning, I want that feeling of success that I felt the night before again (because it feels so good!), so I'm motivated to keep at it. One day at a time.

I feel like the negotiation with myself (I can have it tomorrow if I still want it then) empowers me. It isn't deprivation. It doesn't say no. It just tells my sweet tooth or lazy side that they'll have to wait for another time. Not no. Just not now. And that makes me feel like I'm still in control and not giving up everything.

So far it seems to be working. I figure that 7 baby steps equals one week of success! And 21 baby steps should equal an established habit (so it should be even easier after that).

Thanks for all of your encouragement and keep up the good work!

03-27-2003, 12:12 PM
Keep up the good work!

Hang with us a while, we all need a little encouragement.....:D

03-27-2003, 12:26 PM
Welcome to W.I.S.H.!

Keep up the good work

03-27-2003, 12:28 PM
Very Good Plan!

I hope you'll decide to 'officially' join us SOON -- and grab that clipart. Your type of inspiration sounds like one that I would like to stay around here for awhile!

03-27-2003, 12:41 PM
I hope you decide to join our support group, I like the way you think.

I quit smoking cigarettes the same way, I would tell myself that if I still wanted a cigarette the next day I could buy some and smoke them, but that day never came. The baby steps paid off.

03-27-2003, 02:50 PM
Great idea!

I know what you mean by not depriving yourself - that always sets me up for failure too!

I think it's really all about the "small things" - the choice not to take that extra helping at dinner time, not to eat that donut your coworkers keep brining in (ugh!), to walk to the store instead of driving, but it all adds up!!

Hope you decide to keep hanging here with us,

03-27-2003, 06:07 PM
Califlady, I like how you are thinking, and when you are ready to be official, we'll be here!

03-27-2003, 08:20 PM
Welcome to W.I.S.H.! Hope you join us. As you will see on my tag it also says Take it 1 day @ a time. This is so true. They are words I try to live by (sometimes not, the Hershey's win! LOL), but that is what I think keeps us all going. Good luck and hope to see you here:)

03-27-2003, 09:37 PM
Welcome to the WISH!!! Sounds like you have an excellent plan, and a great mindset to go with it. This is a wonderful place, I love all the support we give to each other. And I love how you described the feeling of success, it is something to be proud of!

03-28-2003, 09:23 AM

That's a great attitude! I used your advice yesterday and it worked!!!! I planted a bunch of new stuff in our landscape yesterday and felt really sore after. I took a shower and sat on the patio to admire the new plants and thought, "A mai tai would taste perfect right now!" But I remembered your post and decided that "for today" I am not drinking mai tais, but that if I want one tomorrow, I can have one. Thanks so much! I felt great when I went to bed last night because I stuck with my program. :)

Hope to see you post here often! Even if you don't take the WISH challenge, you can still participate here as often as you'd like!!! I just get so used to seeing that little purple clippie in everyone's signature (except those at the 30+ level with their really cool clippies!) ;)

Thanks again for the inspiring post. You really have a great attitude!!!

03-28-2003, 11:24 AM
What a great philosophy! I need to be thinking that way also. Stick around, this is a very supportive bunch.