I was reading through some quotes the other day and I thought of something that I always tell my clients but never really put it together. I always hear people say “never look back, always push forward”, but for someone who needs motivation and the push to keep moving forward sometimes I think they actually need just the opposite. Everyone has days where they are tired and beat down from work and all you want is a pizza and some sweets. But I want you to look back at all the obstacles you have over come to get to where you are now. It doesn’t matter if you have only lost 5 pounds. It’s progress no matter what.
We all tend to see the big picture or shall we call it your end goal, to lose that 25 pounds, but we never stop and look at all the small steps we have to take to get to that end goal. I am always telling people to enjoy the process and not get stuck on the final outcome. Celebrate that 2 pound loss or even that 5 pound PR when it comes to lifting. All these small steps add up over time and before you know it, you can reach your goal and then some. It’s a tough process of getting the body you want with all the distraction in life, be it your friends asking you to hangout and have a few drinks or just those apple cider donuts calling out your name. Willpower is draining fast as soon as you wake up and I think the best way to fight it is to really give yourself credit on all the small things you accomplish. It could be as easy as having protein for breakfast every morning this week or taking the stairs into work for the week. These little victories set you up for a big win in the long run. So next time you’re feeling down over something, think how far you have come and not how far you have to go.
Here are some small challenges for you to try
- Get up and walk around each hour if you have a desk job
- take the stairs instead of the elevator
- protein at every meal of the day
- veggies at every meal of the day
- no liquid calories
- less TV time at night unless walking dead is on which = a free pass
- making recovery a priority in your weekly routine
These are just a few random ones I can think of but it doesn’t have to be crazy like no carbs for a month or working out for 2 hours 6 days per week. Make it easy for yourself to succeed and build momentum and I think you will amaze yourself with the results.
Try it out and let me know what your little victories are and the obstacles you overcome.