I find myself applying the Do What You Can When You Can (#wycwyc) idea to so much anymore, even though moving my body was the initial goal. Now the thought pops into my head when I’m making food choices, cleaning the house, even working. I mean, I’ve been living this way for a few years now, but it wasn’t until I gave it a name and some context that it took over my mindset like a virus.

I feel so much more productive lately! Even days like today, when I feel unmotivated I think, “Well, since I can’t find the energy to do that I’ll do this instead.” And it helps me start the positive momentum.

The last few days I’ve been having fun finding quotes to help inspire this idea…

#wycwyc quote 1 #wycwyc quote 3 #wycwyc quote 4 #wycwyc quote 5 #wycwyc quote 2

This concept may seem simpleminded, even childish to you, but for people like me, who think “tomorrow” will be the first day of our perfect life, this is a huge milestone. This mindset can stop the all or nothing thoughts. It reminds us that everything counts. Little things DO matter and they do add up helping us to achieve big goals over time.

Do you guys remember my Tubs of Greek Yogurt and Bags of Kale Don’t Lie post? My diet is still evolving and I’ve been doing it with small changes over time. 

Have you seen my exercise and running event progression? The path that led me to running Tough Mudders started with a simple commitment to move more.

Even my blogs are examples of my commitment to #wycwyc. I write during nap time, while watching TV, even in the mornings if I happen to get up before anyone else. 

If I waited for everything to be perfect, including myself, I’d never accomplish anything.

In the spirit of #wycwyc I wrote a piece for HumanaVitality called 5 Ways to Squeeze in Exercise During Chores –click here to check it out. You can think these things are cheesy or you can embrace the small opportunities you have throughout your day to get just a little closer to your goals.

Choose the latter. It’s way more fun than beating yourself up for not being perfect.

Full disclosure: I was paid to write the HumanaVitality post; all opinions expressed are my own.

 
  • Martha Glantz

    I love this! I have been reading and posting to Blog to Lose and a group on livestrong.com and it seems that so many want to start this journey by doing everything! Revamp eating, track every day, start exercising like a pro AND lose 3 lbs a week. My advice has been to start small but start. This post is terrific!!

  • Sheetal

    Thank you ! I needed this :)

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  • AngelaHoneyIShrunktheMom

    “Waiting for everything to be perfect.” Oh yes, I am guilty of this over and over again.

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    I love this :)
    I’ve been feeling really discouraged about running lately. It makes me really upset that I used to be a pretty decent runner a few years ago and I let that go. I’m trying to rebuild it again and I know that it takes time and baby steps, like you say. I just get discouraged so quickly when I get tired after a few minutes.
    But I have to just keep reminding myself of this message. And that I can either get discouraged and take a million steps back. Or push on and hopefully reach my goal soon.

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