I don’t believe in baby steps. Baby steps are an excuse to hang on to some of the things that are holding you back from a healthy lifestyle. Let’s just say you are trying to lose weight and start living a healthy lifestyle. You also smoke and drink frequently. To live a healthy lifestyle you are going to have to start eating healthy, start training with weights and by doing cardio. You will have to stop smoking and drinking. I’m not opposed to drinking but I have cut way back. And by “way back”, I mean that drank about as much this last year as I did during two nights out, the year before.
Obviously, if you have not been active, it would probably be a good idea to get a physical to make sure that you don’t have anything that may become a problem if you push yourself “too hard.” But no matter what you are going to have to push yourself. The longer you continue with your training and cardio the more you should increase your intensity. You don’t want it getting too easy. DON’T JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS. That is one thing that I consider when people say baby steps. They just go through the motions and take it easy in the gym and call it a work out. When I walk out of the gym my shirt is soaking wet.
When people talk about baby steps they also plan on making a few changes at a time. So they will cut certain things out of their diet but maybe keep a couple of unhealthy things in it and they also cut back on drinking from 3 times a week to twice a week and they continue to smoke. So I guess they plan on implementing their plan over the course of their transformation. So maybe by week 4 they are going to clean up their entire diet and by week 6 they will only drink once a week and by week 8 they will smoke one less pack a week. It’s all an excuse. More than likely what will actually happen is that they will push their healthy deadlines back and they won’t give up the cigarettes or the drinking. And their training and cardio will be ineffective.
For me it was coming to the realization that if I made my changes all at once that it would actually be easier. Baby Steps will prolong the “Suffering” (I never suffered. It wasn’t easy but I never suffered. If you do suffer, you need to work on “Controlling your Mind”). I convinced myself that it was mind over matter. I convinced myself that if I couldn’t succeed than I was weak. If I couldn’t control my own mind I was weak. The key word is WAS. I am STRONG enough to control my own mind. I can achieve my goals I can S.W.I.M.™ (Self-Control, Will Power, Inspiration, Motivation). When you can conquer the bad habits and the addictions all at once it actually makes you stronger. It adds to your motivation. And when you succeed you will never forget what it took to get you there.