How do You Eat an Elephant?

How do You Eat an Elephant?

By Meggan Larson

The other day I watched a good friend of mine make a list of things she needed to do. I watched as her face crumpled a little, then it crumpled a lot. I noticed the defeat in her eyes and the frustration at everything she needed to do because y’all, this list was LONG. It occurred to me that this is exactly…

…how it can feel on this weight loss journey. You start with a plan and you’re excited because the goal will feel SO GOOD when you get to it. You start to make a plan and then reality begins to set in. The steps you’ll need to take, the pounds you’ll need to lose, the food you’ll need to avoid, and the exercise you know you should start doing begin to look impossible. It starts to look like Mount Everest and you wonder if it’s even really worth it at all. You wonder if you can actually do this because this to-do list is massive. The problem isn’t everything that needs to be done. The problem is the way you’re looking at it.

I’m sure you’ve heard the question before. How do you eat an elephant? The answer is…one bite at a time. Sure an elephant is enormous but it’s just like anything else. If you take it one bite (or one step) at a time then soon enough that mountain will look like a molehill and you’ll be so grateful that you stuck with it to the end. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Weight loss is not a sprint. If you want it to be sustainable and long-lasting then it simply can’t be rushed. You’ve got to take it one step at a time and not even worry about everything else you need to accomplish.

Your weight didn’t suddenly appear overnight and it’s going to take more than a couple of weeks to get rid of. Make your list and then check things off one at a time. Don’t focus on it as a whole, just do what you can do right now and you’ll get there. I believe in you friend!

~ Meggan 🙂

p.s. As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at


Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!

Check out Meggan Larson over at Desire to Inspire!

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