One, Two, Three… Magical Baby Steps To Satisfaction

19 Jul

By Phillip Tomlinson

You might have found it magical too that cold November evening that suddenly turned warm when I came face to face with joy and satisfaction on a Manhattan sidewalk.

“Sir, can you please help me across the street?” came the voice that started that remarkable temperature change as I dashed through the frosty air along 14th Street, hardly relishing the short couple of blocks between the subway and me.

I can hardly remember if I had seen or heard her first, but I am certain of one thing:  She left an impression that was as immediate as it was lasting.

Dignity.  Style.  Purposeful determination.  More like Katherine Hepburn holding a walker.

I offered a hand to support her, but she quickly declined with resolute calm.  “No, no,” she said.  “Just walk beside me.”

She would have none of it, being quite content to do her own lifting.

Because my companion’s body was really on borrowed time, it was perhaps the slowest I had ever walked since learning to take my first steps.  But that hardly mattered because, while the traffic light went through several changes as we inched our way across the street, I learned a thing or two on this interesting journey before it ended at the bus stop on the other side.

For one, this was definitely “the road less traveled.”

On baby steps, she had made it all the way here from the far reaches of New Jersey.  And, by hook or by crook, with more baby steps, she would get on this other bus across the street and feel the satisfaction of making it up to Washington Heights to visit her hospitalized daughter that night.

Have you taken any baby steps lately?  Or are you constantly being done in by the big picture?  You know, the mental tug-of-war that paralyzes you when it comes to the commitment it takes to get into shape and make it a permanent lifestyle.

If the latter has you in a tailspin, how about simply taking baby steps?  Inching toward your stop on the other side.  And, by the time you are fully on the bus, you’ll be in pretty good rhythm — rolling toward satisfaction.

If you are like most, you are already moving your body by doing the things we all do in the course of normal living — getting up, sitting down, walking and so on.

If you haven’t yet figured it out, that’s as good a place as any to start taking baby steps, because you could use these same functional body movements, building on them each time to increase the degree of difficulty, eventually getting yourself into the kind of shape that’ll spell — you guessed it — satisfaction.  In heaps.

While this takes some effort, it can be a lot of fun on the way to your destination.  And, most of all, rewarding when you get there, especially if you decide to take the advice of a guy named Frost who once wrote about taking the “road less traveled” and it making all the difference.

Since I have a feeling you’d like to get on “the road less traveled,” check out the following BodinSync Prescription that could make a helluva lotta difference:





  1. Pick up two small hand weights and stoop down as if to tie your laces – one leg in front of the other.  The leg in front should be firmly planted on the ground,  while the one behind, heel up, should be supporting most of your weight.  Your hands should hang at your side, palms facing forward.
  2. Stand up shifting your weight to your front leg while simultaneously lifting your back leg off the ground.  You should be standing only on one leg while retracting the other leg up in front as if trying to touch your knee to your chest.  As you stand, curl the weights up to your shoulders  and press them overhead.  
  3. Lower the weights back to your shoulders and down to your sides.  THAT’S ONE REPETITION.
  4. Aim for 10 repetitions on one side.
  5. Rest for 30 seconds.
  6. Do 10 repetitions on the other side, making sure to first switch your leg position, placing the one you started with in back.

NOTE:  This routine can be made

  1. Easier by touching the toe of the sneaker in back lightly to the floor, only lifting your knee up in front when you have safely curled and pressed the weights overhead — returning that foot in like manner as you descend back to the starting position.
  2. Harder by trying to pick your back leg up off the floor as early as possible as you stand up, and by increasing the weights.



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