Every Little Bit

Just thinking about running makes my chest hurt.

I’ve been an asthmatic all my life. In the past 6 years I’ve been able to meditate my way through asthma attacks, to the point where I no longer need to carry an inhaler. Now that I think of it, I haven’t regularly carried one since before our daughter was born over 3 years ago. 

Nevertheless…even a “power walk” that is slightly too “powerful” will make my chest tight. That’s why I was surprised last week when, me of all people, went for a jog. Multiple times on multiple days.

Did I mean to go jogging? Not at all. I don’t even take jogging that seriously. It’s a strange thing to me, like: if your are going to run, run. If your going to walk fast, walk fast. What’s with this weird in between? 

To my credit I had gone out for a walk on purpose. The purpose of course was to reach my destination, the local park, where there is an outdoor gym area. 

Yes…I’m trying to be healthy. 

I’ve done this sort of thing before, where I drop things out of my diet that are wholy unhealthy and begin being more physically active. I inevitably fail. This time however, is slightly different. I’m not doing more or even as much as the last time, I’m actually doing less. 

I haven’t completely cut out soda and Redbull, my primary addictions, but I’ve cut back considerably. Opting for the smaller amounts spread out through the week instead of large amounts every day. Same goes for bread and candy (although Halloween has made that last one quite difficult). 

So I’m cutting back on unhealthy foods, but still keeping the sweet tooth in check. I’m being more active, but not pushing myself too far physically. It’s been a strange couple of weeks because for some reason…it’s working. 

I’ve been able to stick to the “Minimal Sugar, Higher Activity” regime for longer than I’ve ever stuck with any previous endeavor. There was a 6-7 month period where I regularly went to the gym, but that was a few years ago and I never curbed my eating habits. 

“Abs aren’t made in the gym, they’re made in the kitchen.”- Arnold Schwartzenegger 

So I’m taking it one little bit at a time, and not trying to carve out huge chucks. Keeping to this method, I’ve lost 7lbs in 2 weeks. No, this is not a “you should try this” post. It’s actually a post about realizations. 

Sports figures in the NFL always give the same answer when it comes to how they play the game. They don’t think about the game as a whole, it’s “one play at a time”. 

I suppose then, that’s what I’m doing. One play at a time, one day at a time, I’m doing my little bits to keep myself on the right track. As the old saying goes…

Every little bit counts. 



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