Small Changes for a New Life

I’m Old. Not like dinosaur old, but I’m far from a spring chicken. The fact that I use the term ‘spring chicken’ just goes to show how old I am.


They say you’re as old as you feel, and for me, I do feel dinosaur old. Well, I did until recently.  As a freelance writer and social media consultant, I spend a lot of time on my ever-growing backside. Sometimes, in life, you get to a point where just have to look at yourself and wonder what the hell went wrong.dinosaur-1430240_1920

For me, that point came when I realized that I was over 250 pounds of all fat, and I’m pretty sure the only thing holding my body together was the tub of ice cream I downed every week. Yeah, things were bad. That was the first small change I made in my life. Actually, it’s a pretty big change and the one that really kick-starts everything else. I had decided enough was enough. I was sick of being fat and the only way to fix it is to work for it. So I did. With kids, family, dog, and life, finding time to sit down and work PLUS do something to stop becoming the Blob was becoming difficult. At least, that was my excuse.

I just don’t have the time.’ Like everyone else had a crap load of time except me.

So, the next thing I did was find a schedule that worked for all (albeit a bit wonky). Unfortunately, this new schedule has me up around midnight, so ouch there. I tend to get up between 12:00 am and 3:00 am to start my day, so it’s still a work in progress to get up and get going.

The biggest part about my change is the addition of a 3 mile walk first thing in the morning. Doing this before I eat help raise and maintain higher metabolism rates in my body, allowing my body to burn off food more efficiently throughout the day. More than that, this early morning walk helps my mind focus and when I unplug during the walk, my mind actually clears and seems to just see things more clearly.

For this walk, I’m not out there trying to run and kill myself, but I am walking brisk enough to sweat and be out of breath at times. That’s very important. If you simply take a leisurely stroll in the morning, your body won’t improve. You need to get your blood flowing and your muscles working to get the true effects of a workout, even if it is only walking. It’s hard. It will be hard. This is where the want comes in to say ‘Get up and get out there, fatty!’ And so I do.pexels-photo-221210 

Do not get down if things seem to slow or be tough. That’s my final little change. I am constantly getting down on myself about everything. To me, it’s as if the entire world rest on my every decision and action – of course, we all know it doesn’t. So, I would tell anyone trying to improve themselves, stop beating yourself up all the time.

Slips happen. Get over it and keep on going. Nobody is perfect. Remember that.

It’s about a month later. I’m getting used to the screwy early schedule and walking first thing in the morning, even before I eat anything, is helping my metabolism stay up and actually increasing my focus throughout the day. When I can, I try to throw a second walk in, but as long as I get my good walk in, I’m a happy camper. My weight has even dropped about fifteen pounds, which makes me want to continue to work.

If you think it’s time for a change in your life, chances are it is. Nobody knows you and your life better than you, and nobody can change your life but you. In the end, it comes down to how much do you really want to change? If you truly want it, anything is possible… Even change.

This is a guest post by Joshua Cook. Please feel free to visit his site below.


Joshua Cook is a father, blogger, and social media consultant enjoying the beautiful weather in the Pacific Northwest. Recently starting the Cook Consulting and Content Creation firm, Josh is happy to be able to bring his life changing experiences and ideas out to help others.


63 thoughts on “Small Changes for a New Life

  1. I felt like this post was for me! I’m in a space in my life where I know things need to change and I’ve been making the little changes necessary so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming!


  2. This is very true! Little changes can make a huge difference and it really matters just how mentally and physically ready you are to make the changes. You have to be willing to make the first step and take charge of your life!

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  3. “I just don’t have the time.’ Like everyone else had a crap load of time except me.” LOL, right? I found that when I started surrounding myself with highly productive and successful people, they all had one thing in common—they didn’t have time, they MADE time!

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  4. Inspiring! I am one of those who always says I’m busy or I do not have time but I know I need to change. I love your post, will need to start changing my lifestyle 🙂

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  5. Great post. I very much can sympathize with the feeling like you have no time, and the realization that they conly time you can do things is when you get up early in the morning to do them. Preferably for me I get up before sunrise, or I always find a million excuses not do to those things.


  6. Great post! I love the reminder at the end that nobody can change our lives but ourselves. So many go throughout life making excuses instead of taking action! Great job at taking control!!!!

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  7. It’s nice to make changes that involve improving your lifestyle and getting yourself back in shape. Health is wealth after all. I’m sure you’re going to find a good sleeping schedule in time.

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  8. Congratulations on your weightloss and for making the changes. It’s not easy to make changes but well done you for deciding to change something you weren’t happy about.


  9. It must be inconvenient to get up at that time of day! It’s so important to do what it takes to start building positive habits in our lives, even when they’re not at the easiest time of day! Good job!


  10. This is a great post! I think it is so important to make small gradual changes if your goal is to lose weight. Making big drastic changes can work too, but it is a lot harder to sustain those big changes without slipping back. Great post, I think a lot of people will enjoy this.


  11. I read something the other day that really stuck with me. “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with. But whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”
    Weight has always been an issue for me. Last year, the year before that, the year before that. I think it’s time I take the steps to fix the problem.


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