Stitch by Golden Stitch…

Small changes are sustainable…continual improvement…small changes with love…becoming the alchemists’ of our own lives…spinning the straw of humanity into gold threads of love for ourselves and others…

I always want to scale any mountainoous goal in one great swope…I should have learned by now…a hard head sometimes…stubborn as can be…standing at the bottom…running and trying to get off the ground with wings of frail wishes sown together… sustained flight upward doomed to failure…so here I am walking slowly…but forward…step by step…day by day…

It is much less exhausting…and more joyful…yes, I stub my toes…pick pebbles out of my sandals now and then…even fall into some dark deep chasms …but less painful than falling from the sky…less pieces to pick up and put back together…get help and support, if needed…and keep on… going on…

Always trying to fix myself is such an anguishing endeavor…and it robs me of each precious moment of life…tethering my line is critical to releasing that stress…creating an anchor point…repetition being the key…”stitch by stitch”…

Our brains only seem able to hardwire one new habit at a time…and “big” towering changes such as losing an enormous, colossus, immense amount of weight is weighty and overwhelming …we get frustrated with not seeing any significant changes…we lose desire and interest in working toward attaining the mountain of a goal…

My brain loses interest quickly…so what is the solution…miniature goals..small attainable goals that achievement feels effortless and routinely…every time that we achieve those itty bitty readily attainable goals (say walk 30 minutes 5x a week)..we get this dopamine rush (the feel-good hormone)… and adrenaline ( the energy hormone)… creating an upward wind draft where we feel motivated and have the energy to achieve more…kinda cool, right

This achievement of smaller incremental goals will create a synergy of dopamine and adrenaline in the brain associated with the behavior that will enable us to ride this wave in a positive upward spiral of repetition over time…

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/328407

A win-win …Walking (any exercise)producing its own rewards…”Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain .reducing stress https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax“..

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.

Octavia Butler

I have a goal of walking and/or exercising 6 days a week…Afterall, even God rested one day…10, 15 or 30 minutes…if nothing else is attainable for the day…I walk the dog and the husband😄…with an added benefit is being in nature…and finding flowers to take photographs of…

We have done this for several years and it is a critical component in scaling this mountain…an anchoring habit…

Eating the same breakfast has made the journey less stressful…not having to think about what to eat…I know what keeps me satiated longer…a small variety of fruit that I keep in the house for me…I eat only 1 fruit a day…dinner has more variety to alleviate the boredom…and I am not usually in a rush to do or be somewhere…

Tracking what I eat daily…keeps me aware…

Work in progress…creating the habit of depending on my team…the nutritionist…the trainer…my friends and biggest supporter and fan Mr. P…there are challenging times…deep crevices that I have (and may) fall into…they are my anchors to keep me from falling deeper…to stop the fall as soon as possible and pull me out when I can’t seem to help myself…

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.”

James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

*The best book on creating habits that I would suggest is Atomic Habits written by James Clear…if you were only going to read one book, this should be it…just a personal recommendation

Stitch by stitch…step by step…I will reach the goal…here’s to enjoying the journey…much love, laughter, and magic for your day❣

Author: Renée E.

Storytelling Photographer and Fine Art Conceptional Artist...Creating magic from the ordinary

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