All too often we only celebrate the HUGE accomplishments, but those small victories are what gets us to those large accomplishments. You don't just wake up one day and realize you've lost 100 pounds. No, more than likely every week you steadily saw the scale produce a number that indicates some of your hard work. Remember the scale is only one measurement of success, there are so many others. So why don't we celebrate all of the small victories along our journey that leads to the ONE accomplishment we all hope to achieve?
So i'm going to do that for myself.
a few years ago, this was me...
I was miserable...i was lonely (even though i was married)...i was uncomfortable. Everything i did took so much effort to accomplish. Walking up the stairs hurt my knees, made me sweat up a storm and i always felt as though would pass out. I didn't feel loved...the truth is how can someone else love you if you don't love yourself. I didn't love myself. In fact, i hated looking in the mirror. Every time i did i felt sad looking at the girl that was staring back at me.
This is me today...
While i'm no where near my goal, I am so much happier with my life and with myself. I've learned and continue to learn to love myself. I've realized that i'm extremely goal oriented. If i set a goal for myself, hell or high water i'm accomplishing it! I'm more out-going then i ever have been..and those stairs...so what, give them to me!
A few years ago this was me...
I did very little activity. In fact, if there were social gathering centered around sports or any type of physical activity i automatically took myself out of the equation by not attending. I didn't want to embarrass myself. I didn't want to get the "pity" pick. I didn't want to cause a team to fail. I never even tried.
This is me today...
I'm all about the activity! In 2012 i did over 15 5k's for the year and this year alone i've completed a few 5k's, a 10k, 2 half marathons and the Susan G Komen 3-Day, 60 Mile walk...whew! I feel amazing! Not because i did all of these events, but because i WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE each of these events. I never thought i would ever be able to do the things i can do now. I've even taken a liking to running and am aiming to run (the entire race) my first 5k in 2 weeks and then continue on from there.
There are so many accomplishments over this past year or so...
* Good-bye 300's
* Hello 250's
* Completed many races and long distance events
* Got out there in the real world
* Fell in love with the person that I am
* Accepted me for me...perfect or not
* Encouraged 4 other women in my life to move more and go further...they've all accomplished amazing things over this past year
* Advanced from walking to running
* Went from a size 26 in shirts/pants to a size 18/20 in tops and a 20 in pants
* Feeling more confident in myself
Every victory, whether small or large, should be celebrated. I remember the first, the VERY first time i started to run i celebrated running for those few minutes because i knew what it took for me to get there. It was a mental battle. I was nervous...i didn't want anyone to see the jiggle of my belly or thighs. But i can always laugh at myself and i did. Let's be honest. As a bigger woman, people KNOW i'm big and will jiggle...so i needed to get over it. And you know what? So often when i'm running people will just call out, "Good job" and "keep it up" or "looking good." I love it!
Victories are anything WE decide to celebrate. So celebrate NOT having that second cookie. Celebrate knowing when you are full and walking away from the food. Celebrate the pants you just wore that didn't place a permanent line across your waist. CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!