Celebrate your accomplishments!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Are you selling yourself short? I was! I have been refusing to recognize my progress toward any of my goals, simply because I haven't completed them 100%. But you know what? 5%, 20%, 85% - every single step is progress toward that eventual 100%. Acknowledging my progress along the way does NOT diminish my goals or mean that I'm giving up and settling for where I am (do you hear that, brain?).
So, what do you have to celebrate?
Here's a quick list of what I came up with for me:
- At the start of 2009, I couldn't run for 10 straight minutes. I ran a half marathon in October of that year and wasn't proud of my performance, but I did finish. Last year everything came together for me about running and now I can easily run for 90+ minutes...and my mile time is within 90 seconds of what I would consider "fast for me", which means I could probably get there this year for short races.
- Between May 2011 and October 2011, I lost about 15 pounds of fat and lowered my body fat % by at least 5%.
- Between May 2010 and October 2011, I went from a size 10/12 to a size 4/6. I don't know my exact starting weight, but it's safe to say I lost at least 10 pounds in addition to the 15 I lost since I started sparking (25+ pounds! Yay!).
- When I started zumba last July, I stayed in the back row and *literally* tripped and fell over my own feet in my second class (I later saw that my antibiotics said they might cause dizziness, but still...). Now I'm in the front row and get to help teach sometimes!
My list of things I want to accomplish is, of course, way longer and more ambitious than this, and I'm still struggling with some of the basics (drinking enough water, getting enough sleep...), but I don't think these steps along my journey are anything to sneeze at. After all, none of this happens overnight!