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Looking at the Big Picture: Taking Pride in Your Achievements

Thursday, April 18, 2013

So I just posted this on one of the message boards, but I wanted to share it with the greater SparkPeople community.

I've been feeling a little frustrated lately because the pounds aren't dropping off quite as quickly as when I first started to change my eating habits. So I ventured out into the vast depths of the internet looking for plateau busters and more information on where I could be going wrong.

I stumbled upon this awesome article on the 4 Hour Body website (the eating plan that I am currently following). I really helped me more closely examine the way I judge my successes.

Here's a snippet:
"So, take a look at 2 months ago, and see where you were. Now, take a look at 1 week ago, and compare the two. I believe comparing to a time in the recent past is more powerful than comparing to now, because it removes any element of doubt your brain could manufacture, about you somehow ‘undoing’ the result in the here and now. Take two points in the past, and they are locked in history. You can’t undo that, so you instantly see the achievements you have made, and better still, there’s no way your brain can ‘undo’ or argue against true progress."

For me personally, I'm in the middle of week 4 of mindful eating. In the past, I usually give up after week 2. I'm counting that as a HUGE personal accomplishment! Looking even farther back: 2 years ago I was about 15 lbs heavier than I am now and just generally miserable. A year ago I was 5 lbs heavier, however I was not exercising enough and probably drinking too much. Today I am happier, healthier, in the 140s for the first time since highschool, and continuing to take mindful steps on the path towards greater health and wellbeing. When I look at those changes, I feel proud of the progress I've made towards creating a better and healthier life for myself.

I still am bummed that the number on the scale hasn't dropped recently, but whenever I look in the mirror, the thrill I get as I watch my body change leaves me feeling very accomplished.

I think it's important to realize that not all of your successes are numerical ones and it is always important (not to mention encouraging!) to look at the big picture.

Hope you enjoy this article as much as I did!
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    Thanks!! :D
    2429 days ago
    Thank you SO much for sharing! You're so right - not all our successes can be measured on a scale, nor should they be measured by where we are today vs. where we THOUGHT we'd be. Most of us have daily successes (YES - I ate an extra serving of fruit today. YES - I did 10 minutes of exercise even when I didn't want to). Those small steps are the things we have control over; they add up and take us where we want to go,
    2430 days ago
    I think you are absolutely right! Because no matter what we do we cannot control what the scale will show! But we can control what we eat , or how much we exercise, or how much we take care of ourselves!
    So appreciating your progress in that kind of goals is the most positive way to keep making progress! And sooner or later the scale will follow!
    Have a great day!!!
    2430 days ago
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