Forward Progress

27.6.2016 | 22:26

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I heard a great song a while back, with a message that can teach us all:

The song is “Practice Makes Progress,” by David Roth.

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I first heard it over a year ago, at Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo’s “Spring Into Vitality” event, and I fell in love with it.

Why?

Because most of us know the expression “Practice makes perfect.”  And how many of us feel like we practice and practice – and practice some more – yet never reach perfection?

What is perfection anyway?  How do we define it?  More importantly, who defines it?

I hope you see my point….

Anyway, I moved house a few months ago, and changed my routine, my diet (yes, again) and my mindset.

And guess what?

I’ve actually been making progress!!

That’s right.  I’m moving forward again now, instead of taking two steps back for every one ahead….

Sure, the number on the scale hasn’t budged.  But….

My clothes are fitting a little looser, and my body’s getting stronger.

Yep, I must be replacing some of that toxic fat with some sweet lean muscle.

Okay, so I don’t look like Jennifer Garner in an episode of “Alias,” but that’s not exactly my goal….

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I’ve removed quite a bit of fat from my diet.  As you know, if you’re a regular reader, that whole “high fat, low carb” thing really didn’t work for me.

I even replaced the morning Bulletproof-style beverage for a while, although I’ve gotten back to it recently.  Since decreasing the amount of nuts I was eating, I’ve been better able to tolerate the fats that work better for me.

I also don’t add fat to my vegetables at supper anymore.  Don’t need it, don’t miss it.

But the real kicker?

I’ve even managed to reduce my chocolate consumption!!

That’s right – this confirmed “chocoholic” finally took a tip I’d heard several times to heart and decided to try it.

My ITN colleague Trent Childers interviewed one of my mentors, Dr. Tom O’Bryan on his “Fight:  Heart, Body & Soul” podcast recently, and Dr. Tom mentioned a trick for really savoring a small amount of healthy dark chocolate:

You don’t bite into a square; rather, you let it melt on your tongue.

I’d heard of this little trick before, but never thought it would be satisfying enough for me.

But a week or so ago, I decided to try it.

And holy cats!!  It worked!

Instead of half a bar, I only needed two squares to satisfy my desire….  Wow!!

And if it works for me….

I’ve also been out walking much more frequently than I did in the mountains.

 

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Debra and I walk on our beautiful neighborhood trail some days, and walk up to the public library or our local Whole Foods to run errands on others.  Heck, some days we take the “long way” (via the trail) to the main road, then walk to the store and take the main road home.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to do that.  It has made a huge difference in how I feel physically, but also how I feel mentally.

It has really improved that aforementioned mindset….

Debra and I have a pretty regular, although quite informal, gratitude practice – we often share quirky little things for which we’re grateful when we come together at mealtimes.

Sometimes it’s silly stuff, but sometimes we hit on something bigger.

But here’s another familiar phrase:  “Size isn’t important.”

When it comes to being grateful, it doesn’t make a bit of difference whether it’s a major event or a tiny detail.

If you can express a sincere gratitude for it, it makes you feel better.

And I can tell you, most sincerely, that I am deeply grateful for the progress I’ve made over the past few months, large or small….

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6 comments


  1. Jace
    June 29, 2016 | 1:20 am
    Reply

    High five for your progress. Those walking trails sound great. I love the idea of walking to and from places around town. Attitude of gratitude. Cheers


    • daletchworth
      June 29, 2016 | 6:33 pm
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      We love the walking trail! And it’s so nice to be able to run errands without taking the car every time. That said, we need a heavy bag of cat litter — we take the car! 🙂 THANK YOU, Jace!


  2. Andrea Caprio
    June 30, 2016 | 12:45 am
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    We live in a Condo with a nice park and walk after work and before more work in the evenings. Not that we put up a sweat but it is so relaxing and good for our relationship. Love those walks


    • daletchworth
      June 30, 2016 | 3:28 pm
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      That sounds wonderful, Andrea! You’re right that it’s not just about the exercise — it can be very meditative too.


  3. Brad
    July 2, 2016 | 7:34 pm
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    Keep on keeping on! Great to feel progress!
    A journey of a 1000 miles begins with one step. My grandmother use to say: “good, better, best, never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best!”


    • daletchworth
      July 2, 2016 | 11:39 pm
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      Progress is always good, even when it’s in small pieces. Sounds like you had a very wise grandmother, Brad.

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