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Small Steps

Hello and welcome to The Running Granny’s small steps. I’m Angela and, as you may already know, I’m training to attempt a big running goal later this year.

I haven’t always been a runner and, if you’d told me ten years ago I’d be planning to try and run hundreds of miles I wouldn’t have believed you.

Not only was I very overweight and unfit but I was overworking in my job and there was always work to do at home. I had no time to myself and to be honest I was very fed up with life and I felt I was on a downhill spiral.

I know that many of you will recognise this situation in yourselves

I knew things had to change but I also knew that only I could make those changes whatever they might be. But, where to start. I needed to break the cycle of the routine as it was affecting both my physical and my mental health.

That was the hardest step I took – making the decision to invest some time and energy in me

I have since taken many small steps. Just one at a time, working on different aspects of me and my life.

Now, I don’t have any of those ‘before’ and after photos to show you as I avoided letting people take them. What I can do though is share the experience of some of the small steps I have taken – and there have been a lot of them. Some of those steps are now a regular part of my life and some of them things I try and do as often as I can.

It’s not easy and it takes time and persistence to make changes regularly. It’s easy to lapse some days but we are all only human and, as they say, good habits die hard. Once your change is a habit, even if you do lapse then its easy to get back on the wagon.

Please remember, though, these steps have taken me ten years. If you think they might be of help you, then taking on just one of these a month would take you two and a half years to complete. Were you to do this, I could pretty much guarantee you’ll be in a healthier and happier place by the time you finished them.

You’ll have plenty of steps of your own and it would be great if you could share them here in the comments so others can benefit from your ideas.

Thanks for reading.

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