For When Your Eyes are Bigger Than Your Stomach

On Tuesday, I put together a list of the top posts here at The Journey. We’ve been around for almost a year now, and those are the posts that have generated the most traffic.

I noticed something interesting about the posts. There are several that are part of a series, or have another post after them, and the traffic starts to slow down after a bit.  Workout #1 got a lot of hits. Workout #2 a little less. What about number 3, 4 and 5? The same thing happened with the Paleo series, the 14 Day Bodyweight Challenge … each day something was posted it had fewer hits than the day before.

Do you know why? Because we’re humans. We start things and lose momentum. We realize our goal is going to be much harder than we thought. Sometimes life happens and it just doesn’t work to maintain a previous plan.

Do you know what else I think? I think that it is OK. It is OK to be human and bite off more than we can chew. It is OK to back off on a resolution or goal when we realize it was too much.

CalendarIt’s January 9th, and some of you are already losing steam on your big plans for 2014. I know, because I’ve done that, too. That’s why we keep harping reminding you to make small changes — little bites that are easy to chew and digest.

Lots of people are writing about New Year’s Resolutions, setting goals, and staring 2014 off on the right foot. Everyone has a slightly different spin on what they think is the best way to approach a new year. So, who do you believe? Yourself. Figure out what works for YOU! So, you bit off more than you can chew? Great! Scale back a little and work at a pace you are more comfortable with. Don’t beat yourself up, just learn from your experiences.

Sometimes January has big eyes and a small stomach, too. It can be easy to stack your plate high with intention and goals, only to sit down at the table, take two bites, and realize that’s all you can digest right now.

I used to think my inability to live up to my grand January ideas was some kind of personal flaw, but now I’m re-considering.

I think I’m made to live small, to move slowly, and to hold just one thing at a time. — Emily Freeman

I like Emily’s take on January. It’s easy to overflow our plates, so to speak, in January, when really removing a few things or focusing on one area might be the better plan. I am focusing on two eating habits for the month of January, and my husband is joining me, so we’re working together. We’re not eating perfectly. We’re not getting much exercise at the moment, but we are making some small steps that are working for us this month.

How about you? What is working or not working for you? Can you make some adjustments to help things work better for you? Let us know how we can help!

 

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CoriCori is a wife, mom of three and random writer who is learning how to take small steps towards big goals. She tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but a journey to learn how to run (something she always hated) has taught her a lot about gradual, slow change. She has a degree in journalism and enjoys doing research and writing.

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