Thursday, May 30, 2013

How do you like your elephant?

"The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time"

You might have seen this saying before on this here blog; it's one of my all-time favourites. In fact I love it so much, I have it stuck on my inspiration board next to my desk, complete with little elephant button.



I find it's a handy reminder that when things seem overwhelming, you have to step back a bit and remember that breaking your task(s) down into small chunks is the way to go. You only have to start with a small bite, and then another, and before you know it, your mammoth job is mostly done.

Right now, I don't have any major "Oh my God!" events or tasks looming, so things are reasonably calm and un-anxious (is that a word?) in my life. But I DO have that crazy 1,000 squat challenge to complete this week, and my elephant motto is helping me keep that thing in perspective.

I took my first "bite" yesterday, when I knocked over a hundred reps after my morning cardio session. I broke THAT down further into even smaller bites: Four sets of 30-30-20-20. When I got home last night, I cranked out another two sets of thirty, plus one of twenty before dinner, then got through four more sets of thirty before settling in to watch Offspring. That got me to 300 on Day 1 - not bad.

This morning I warmed up with thirty squats before starting on my weights session, then did thirty more  before stretching when I'd finished. Thirty more were done while waiting for my eggs to cook, and a final thirty while the coffee machine did its thing. That puts my tally at 420 - and I'll take it to 500 by the end of today, which sees me halfway there with four full days plus some spare time before 6:00am Tuesday if I need it.

That elephant doesn't stand a chance.



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7 comments:

A-M said...

This couldn't have come at a better time for me! Thank you for the best inspiration I could have asked the universe for today! A-M xx

Kek said...

Glad to have helped you, A-M. :) I often find myself feeling overwhelmed, but it's rarely as bad as it seems. Hope you get on top of things quickly. x

kathrynoh said...

"your mammoth job is mostly done" - lol, nice pun!

Is it wrong that I am now wondering how you'd keep the elephant so it doesn't go off until you'd finished eating it? You'd need a mighty big freezer. Maybe you could smoke it and make some elephant bacon?

Kek said...

Hehe. I wondered if anyone would notice my pun.

Elephant bacon? Mmm...

WMC said...

I can so envision you whipping up some elephant bacon. LOL

I love this quote. I need to recall it more often. Good luck completing your challenge!

Wanda

Debbish said...

Something I need to remember as well.

Deb

Kek said...

Thanks, Wanda. I'm sure elephant bacon would be high-protein... ;)

Deb, it's something I think most of us need to have shouted at us now and then. Or perhaps a flashing neon sign in front of us?

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