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#FitnessFriday: Baby Steps

This has been a big week for me in the recovery process.

1. I went for my first three-mile run post car-accident.
2. I went to my first Bikram yoga class in over a year.
3. I participated in my first yoga class post car-accident.
4. I learned to take baby steps.

Today on Josh Pais’s Committed Impulse blog, he talks about steps to success.

I am taking baby steps every day to get me back into pre-accident health.

Josh writes “Success in all areas is about taking small steps every day. Those steps by themselves may seem like nothing. But it’s the accumulation of small steps that always produces greatness.
So, I pose to you…What small steps can you be taking, or are taking?”

Running the slowest miles of my running career may *seem* like nothing. BUTTTTT I have to remember that last week at this time, I couldn’t even WALK three miles. So running at all? HUGE step forward.

Bikram Yoga felt great. It was hard.  My ego kept wanting to do poses I physically still cannot do.  But my experience, my body awareness, my self-confidence. Those traits reminded me to take baby steps. I couldn’t do poses fully.  I couldn’t do my “normal” stretch.  But I was able to participate in a full 90 minute yoga class. And I left feeling a ton better. The heated room helped a ton and the fact that I knew all the 26 postures, the order, and there were no downward dogs or planks saved me a great deal of mid-class stress! (Soon vinyasa flow, we shall meet again!)

And now it is time to take my successes on the mat and in my running shoes back out into life.  I realize that the car-accident left me disconnected from my other life goals and priorities. I reconnected to what I want to do, but due to a variety of factors I was not taking enough baby steps a day towards making my dreams unfold.

So, Josh Pais, I am off to follow your advice.

For me, my baby steps start with moving my body.  Running, walking, biking, swimming, yoga. They provide me with energy, happiness, and mental clarity to take my life to the next level.  No matter the difficulty, no matter how “small” my work-out may seem on that day, the important thing is to do it.

So I am going to do that one small step a day (or several steps, if I can), towards fulfilling my career and life goals off the mat and out of my running shoes.  Yes, many of my goals align with my own personal fitness.  No more delays.  Time to say yes! Yes to making things happen–one small step at a time!!

What baby steps do you take every day to forge your own successes?

Remember, 2013 is going to be awesome. Are you taking steps to make it the BEST YEAR EVER??


  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey

    June 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Congratulations on getting out there and running again! Three miles is a major accomplishment after an accident. I have trouble making myself take baby steps, but it’s worth it not to hurt yourself again or go too fast. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Jennifer Pug Pug

    June 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I am so glad to read this post! Congratulations on those 3 miles! So proud of you.

    Every day that I add another few minutes of running or try a new exercise, or even adjust the way I eat, is a baby step toward my success. I’m going to need to remember this in a few weeks when I am allowed to run again. It’s going to be pretty discouraging and frustrating, and those baby steps are going to keep me going.

  • Kristin @ A Mom on the Run

    June 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Three miles is absolutely not nothing — that is huge! Definitely worth celebrating!

    I have a really hard time with baby steps — I tend to jump all in and then end up frustrated when it gets tough. Definitely something I need to work on.