Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Five Pennies Makes a Nickel

Yesterday I was reading a running magazine and a writer mentioned "Five pennies make a nickel"

Today I learned this is part of a jingle intended to help teach children about coins and how they add up.

Five pennies make a nickel
Two nickels make a dime...
The statement in the magazine was in regards to all the little things we do that eventually add up to something much bigger.  It really struck me and it's kind of how I'm trying to live my life.
One penny may seem insignificant.  I mean really, is there ANYTHING left in the world that you can buy for a penny?
But, to quote from the jingle, with five pennies you have a nickel.  With two nickels you have a dime.  With two dimes & a nickel you have a quarter.  With four quarters you have a dollar.
And with a dollar (in some non-tax states) you can buy something to eat at a fast food joint!  Maybe not the healthiest item, but the point is you can buy something.
Same goes for a healthier lifestyle.  Every little positive change you make adds up to make a big difference.
If you can eliminate/reduce one unhealthy food, drink more water, consume less alcohol, run/walk a little more, challenge your muscles ... it all adds up.
I suppose the same could be said in the other direction.  For every unhealthy choice you make, you slow your progress by that little bit.
Think about the little changes you are, or aren't, making on a daily basis.  Are they leading up to the healthy lifestyle you want to lead?  Are they holding you back from being everything you want to be?  What is one little change you can make to move you one step closer to your goals?
Make a change today towards the positive!


Angela said...

Wow--thanks for the reminder! Every step forward is a step in the right direction.

Marlene said...

Great analogy! You're so right that even small changes sure do add up. Every penny of effort counts!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

My little change today? I put my hand in the cereal box to grab a couple (read: handful) of mini-wheats...and then took it out, empty-handed.

I stopped myself at the last second, stopping the nibbling before it got out of,er, hand. haha

Marcelle said...

This is so true...and I thank you for this reminder...Rome was not build in a day!!

Stacie said...
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Heidi said...

HAHAH Thanks Stacie ... I will fix that!

Anonymous said...

I love this! What a great outlook. I do believe that little changes add up. And it helps to start small. Thanks for this inspiring message Heidi!! :)

Missy said...

I heart you. Have I ever told you that? I think you might be my all time favorite blog. Well, you're maybe tied with Syl. You girlys are such an inspiration to me.

Your post today was exactly what I needed. Exactly the push I needed this afternoon to make the small choices that are going to affect my success. Thanks!!!!

Annie, The Amazing Shrinking Girl said...

Love it! Love it! It's such a simple analogy but it totally makes "cents" (haha... get it!).

Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

What a great post, thanks for sharing! I think it is so easy to think "I only did this" or "I can only go this far or this fast" but every little bit adds up. I love it.

Teamarcia said...

Love the analogy! So true!

Michelle said...

Awesome! So true!

Julie said...

Hi Heidi,
I really enjoyed this! It is so funny that you would post something about pennies, nickles and dimes:) I saved a ton of change and that is how I paid for my recent giveaways:)

Now as far as the real small changes in life...I totally hear you on this one!! So, so true:) Hey, thanks for making me smile today!

Fran said...

Great post and so true! It's the little changes that helps us all getting to our goals.

My blog has changed, I've got my own website now, it's

Have a great day.

Lindsay said...

LOVE it thanks for sharing!

Fran said...

Where are you? Counting your pennies and nickles? :lol:

I miss your blog, hope everything is okay.

Nicole on the run said...

Great post! It's good to know every little bit helps. Sometimes when I don't have much time, and can only run for 30 minutes, it's still worthwhile doing. Because like you said: it all adds up!