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#490: Succeed a "Little" at a Time

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I had a pleasant surprise at lunchtime when I received a phone call from my friend Lori (MOMMA_LITTLE). After the call ended I headed out to rake and bag leaves in the front yard.

Sixty years ago the city in it's not so infinite wisdom planted oak trees in the front yards of all the neighborhood's homes. As a result, it takes raking and raking and raking throughout the winter to get up all the leaves deposited by these now mature trees. But if they are not raked and bagged they kill the grass. So we do what has to be done and rake and bag and rake and bag, with no end in sight, so it seems.

As I replayed my talk with Lori, I raked and gained some insight into the use of the word "little." Oh, not to refer to the "Little" family but throughout our days and how focusing on that "little" word can help us succeed with our weight loss and exercise.

What I realized was that while it appeared I would never get all the leaves up I kept telling myself, "One little scoop full at a time." When I got tired and my back began to hurt, I told myself, "Do just a little more" and soon another full bag hit the pile.

We know we can not exercise indefinitely, but how often have we stopped short of what we are capable of doing? Could we have jogged a little more, perhaps to the next streetlight or driveway? Could we have added a little more weight in our reps at the gym and not taking the easy way out by staying with a weight with which we're comfortable?

How about with our eating? Do we adversely work our nutrition plan by telling ourselves we'll have "Only a little bite" of the pie or a "little" helping of potato chips only to find ourselves eating the entire slice of pie and half a bag of chips?

Just as the attitude we take toward the word "little" can lead us to ever greater physical accomplishments, so too can it easily lead us astray with our eating if we're not careful.

But we can all reach our weight loss goals, a "little" at a time. A few ounces here, half a pound there, doing a little more exercise, showing a little more restraint when eating, all adds up.

A little progress every week can take us to the weight we want to be. Little steps, little changes in our attitude, looking at things a little differently, will help us succeed, not all at once but little by little.

Thanks Lori.

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    Thank you for throwing a little widsom and insight into my day! Sometimes a little goes a long way!
    3555 days ago
    Thank you Lou for this little insight.

    Wendy :)
    3555 days ago
    Thank you, Lou, for this "little" blog!!! A little at a time does add up to a lot!! Your blogs are always very thought provoking to me. Keep them coming. You continue to inspire me!!!
    3555 days ago
    That was more than a "little" wisdom, my friend!
    3558 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Very good blog. You have reminded us that we do get to where we are going a little at a time. I will keep "just a little more" as my mantra for this coming week. Thank you for reminding me as I needed this. Have a great week! June emoticon
    3558 days ago
    Little by little! Thanks for inspiring us & for sharing your experience, strength & hope with us. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3558 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    I so agree about the "little"... it works both ways. I tend to let it work for me with the exercise and against me with the food. Raking burns a ton of calories - not so little of a workout!
    3558 days ago
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    I had to laugh at Lori's comment... when I got married my name changed to Oke (oak). See how my mind works?

    I will keep "little" efforts in my mind this week.
    Thanks Lou!
    3558 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    LOVE THIS!! Lori inspired an awesome blog here! Thanks for the motivation...just a little at a time makes any task seem less daunting. GREAT blog!
    3558 days ago
    Sometimes I think God must have created oak trees for something more than shedding tons of leaves to rake up! I'm in a similar situation (what on earth were the developers thinking when they planted those trees) Taking the same attitude of " a little at a time" helped me get through what seemed like an insurmountable task. In addition to raking up the leaves I also had to fertilize, re-seed the lawn, cover with topsoil and water. I never liked yard work, and certainly never liked getting up early in the a.m. to do it; but I just kept saying to myself :"I can do a little section today"

    When I apply that strategy to other areas it works just as well: whether it's paperwork, clutter, house work or reading my Bible. A little bit every day. Before you know it - it's done!

    Great way to approach weight loss too. Hope your back feels better soon.

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    3558 days ago
    Great blog Lou!
    You are absolutely right that all it takes is a little effort bit by bit to add up to a significant difference!
    You're 'little' blog makes a 'big' difference in my day!!
    Thank you Lou!
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    3559 days ago
    I'm going to give a little extra and see where it takes me this week. Thank you.
    3559 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6035648
    Living in Jersey, I am surrounded by oak trees and pine trees.. What I do to make it easier on my back is to mow the leaves with the lawn mower, let it collect in the mower bag, then use it as mulch.. It works great, cuts the time in half with the raking, and it's great for the soil! I live at the shore, so my soil is mostly sandy not really fit for growing anything. But since I've been using the leaf "mulch" over the years, I've got a nice layer of good fertile black soil.. Just a friendly tip :)

    You know, there's an old saying that "A little goes a long way", whether it be a little kindness, a little exercise, a little restraint, a little cleaning, a little compassion.. That's how I reached my weightloss goal, making "little" changes here and there with my eating habits, adding a "little" exercise here and there.. Granted it took me a lot longer to lose the weight, but so far it's staying off.. Not a bad trade off for doing "little things"..

    3559 days ago
    Great blog.
    3559 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Good Post, Lou. I am asking myself that also. Can I do just a LITTLE more. I am finding out that I can. It's out of the ordinary, so I'm not used to it, but I really want to succeed at losing the rest of the weight.

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    3559 days ago
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    3559 days ago
    Awww, SHUCKS!!! You know, when I met my dear sweet husband, Drex, I fell in love with him quite quickly! One of the things I loved the most about him was what it would do to my NAME! I went from Lori Shultz to Lori Little, and have loved it ever since! emoticon

    Thanks for your sweet, and very TRUE blog! I'd been waiting for another "Lou Blog", and this one is extra special to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I hope you have a wonderful evening, and all those "little" chores you've been doing will add up to a LOT of fitness! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3559 days ago
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    emoticon Since I live in the middle of a hayfield some leaves to rake sounds nice.

    Great blog. Hope you continue to have a wonderful weekend.
    3559 days ago
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