How do you eat an elephant?

This weekend I participated in the Chartiers-Houston Relay for Life. The 24-hour event was incredibly moving, memorable and truly an experience I will never forget. But that’s not the reason I’m writing this post.

At Relay this weekend, I met a member of my husband’s extended family – a cousin who has run marathons; Iron Mans and insert every other kind of crazy fitness activity imaginable. I was very excited to meet him when he drove down from Rochester, NY after his black belt test just to walk all night for our Relay Team – yes that was the only reason.

Naturally, as a new lover of running and walking, I simply had to meet him. I wanted to pick his brain about what I could do better. We have conversed several times on Facebook over the past week or so about different things. I told him about my journey and he gave me some very (strange) great advice.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time! How do you run a marathon? One step at a time.”

This really hit home for me this weekend. I’ve been thinking a lot about how far I’ve come with losing weight. While I’ve hit a plateau – mostly due to an incredibly insane home life at the moment –  but I’ve never gave up on my journey. I’m still taking it one day at a time.

There are no secrets to weight loss or running marathons – it’s simply one step at a time. Take one step today that will change the rest of your journey – be it quitting smoking, giving up soda for water, taking the dog for a three block walk with the dog – just take one step to change your life and you won’t regret it.

This weekend, I watched people take thousands of steps in their journey. People logged their “feet” for every seven laps (one mile) during the 24 hour event. I heard people revel in their 16 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles and more. Necklaces with small feet were everywhere around Allison Park Elementary School with smiles on their face.

These people weren’t marathon runners? Some walked with canes and crutches – but they still walked. It’s not about how fast you finished your laps or how much weight you’ve lost – every journey starts with a single step and you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.  

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How do you eat an elephant?

This weekend I participated in the Chartiers-Houston Relay for Life. The 24-hour event was incredibly moving, memorable and truly an experience I will never forget. But that’s not the reason I’m writing this post.

At Relay this weekend, I met a member of my husband’s extended family – a cousin who has run marathons; Iron Mans and insert every other kind of crazy fitness activity imaginable. I was very excited to meet him when he drove down from Rochester, NY after his black belt test just to walk all night for our Relay Team – yes that was the only reason.

Naturally, as a new lover of running and walking, I simply had to meet him. I wanted to pick his brain about what I could do better. We have conversed several times on Facebook over the past week or so about different things. I told him about my journey and he gave me some very (strange) great advice.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time! How do you run a marathon? One step at a time.”

This really hit home for me this weekend. I’ve been thinking a lot about how far I’ve come with losing weight. While I’ve hit a plateau – mostly due to an incredibly insane home life at the moment –  but I’ve never gave up on my journey. I’m still taking it one day at a time.

There are no secrets to weight loss or running marathons – it’s simply one step at a time. Take one step today that will change the rest of your journey – be it quitting smoking, giving up soda for water, taking the dog for a three block walk with the dog – just take one step to change your life and you won’t regret it.

This weekend, I watched people take thousands of steps in their journey. People logged their “feet” for every seven laps (one mile) during the 24 hour event. I heard people revel in their 16 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles and more. Necklaces with small feet were everywhere around Allison Park Elementary School with smiles on their face.

These people weren’t marathon runners? Some walked with canes and crutches – but they still walked. It’s not about how fast you finished your laps or how much weight you’ve lost – every journey starts with a single step and you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.  

Chaos

When life gets crazy, it’s very easy to “fall off the wagon” in terms of lifestyle changes. After nearly a year of staying right on track, I can honestly say life came to a crashing halt and spiraled out of control over the last few weeks.

We’ve always been an active family, but even for the best planners (and I consider myself pretty good), the life train can run full speed ahead with no way of stopping. That’s what our family is experiencing right now.

My husband and I are currently on a house hunt that has been exhausting. We seen anywhere from 3-5 houses per week trying to find that perfect home and we’re under a bit of pressure. Our daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall and we desperately want to move out of our current school district in favor of our preferred school choices (there are currently three).

Now you would think this wouldn’t be too bad – but wait – there’s more! On top of the house hunt, our daughter also plays softball – a commitment of approximately 2-3 nights a week for 1-2 hours per night. Additionally, she’s also a gymnast and attends classes on Saturday. Oh and I’m in the middle of my busy season at work with marketing campaigns.

So if you’re keeping track, I’m pretty much running somewhere just about every night. So where does that leave my diet, exercise (and sanity). Well, that’s the difficult task I’m faced with.

To be honest, I’ve been married to my gym for about nine months now but over the past three weeks, we’ve had sort of a “trial separation.” We’re not divorcing by any means, but simply – I just can’t get there!

While it’s not a perfect system, I’m doing my best on my own with the knowledge of I’ve learned. Some body exercises in the living room, a few extra trips up and down the stairs, doing my best to walk more. You get the picture. It’s not perfect, but it’s not a disaster.

My eating schedule has also become increasingly difficult. Sometimes we haven’t had a chance to prep because we were so late getting home from softball / house hunting. Basically, my life is chaos right now.

But it’s ok. I’m rolling with it.

Yes, I’ve had to eat out more than I’d like to in the past few weeks but I’ve tried very hard to keep it to the best options possible.

Yes, my exercise is lacking and I’m frustrated by it – but what can I do.

But …

I haven’t gained a pound! I’m maintaining my weight and to me – that’s a win in itself! It’s not always the number on the scale because I’m still happy and I’m healthy and while life is getting chaotic, I’m learning to adapt. Each week is getting a little better and once we get into the routine, it’ll be smooth sailing from this point forward.