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It’s the little things in life; the small victories in our lives that we sometimes need to pay more attention to, rather than the big goal. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t keep that main goal in sight; of course we should. However, when we don’t appreciate the small victories we achieve on the way to reach that goal, we then run the risk of becoming discouraged. This can then threaten the achievement of that final goal.
Recently, fellow member of my Real Mom Coaching Club felt discouraged because she hasn’t seen any noticeable changes; no weight loss and no difference in the way her clothes fit. Other members chimed in and told her how great she looks and to keep on trucking because it would only be a matter of time, and she would see the changes.
We tend to measure our successes based upon how much we have done or completed against our final big goal. For most of us in the club, a healthy lifestyle is very important. But, weight loss is inevitably the final goal, at least is it for me.
It is in pursuit of this final goal that we sometimes forget about the small victories we accomplish along the way. I for one started out thinking WEIGHT LOSS, but have since realized that there are many more things I need to focus on, not only weight loss;
like overall strength, endurance, strengthening my back, developing better eating habits, drinking more water; a lot more. etc. you get the idea.
With these things in mind, I have come up with the following list of 10 small victories; personal victories that are just as important to recognize as the big goal yet to come.
- I have considerably decreased the amount of Coca Cola I drink. I would say I quit but I haven’t. Not yet. However, each can I don’t drink is a success for me.
- I have less back aches: I still have them, but they are less intense and less often. Any improvement in this area is huge for me. The pain had gotten so bad that I couldn’t bend down to pick something up without being in excruciating pain.
- I’m cooking more and not ordering out as much. Being a single mom, and working full-time means less time for everything, including cooking. Some corners have to be cut and unfortunately, cooking happens to be one of them. My thought process has been that if the Italian restaurant can make it better than I do, then why not? But, that’s not very wise. When you order food, whether you’re out at the restaurant or you order take-out, you don’t know exactly what ingredients are being used and how much of each. These are things that can be controlled when you cook at home. Ordering out also gets very expensive if you do it more than twice a week; so cooking will also help me save money. Am I going to stop ordering completely? Probably not, time doesn’t allow for me to cook every day. Decreasing the amount of times I order out though, is certainly doable. One added plus to cooking is that my 10 year-old daughter loves to help out, so she’s learning how to cook in this process, and the mommy daughter time is very appreciated.
- I’m drinking more water, well mostly unflavored seltzer water. It’s Real Strong Mom approved and it has carbonation so I have no problem drinking it because it reminds me of soda but with non of the harmful sugars. We have to drink 3 liters a day according to the program. Right now, I’m at about 2 liters daily; a combination of water and seltzer water. I hope to get to 3 really soon.
- My kids see I’m making an effort end are proud of me and encourage me, so I’m setting a good example.
- I walked 2.5 miles around the track while the kids played soccer one night. Yes, I did it very, very slowly but I, me, walked 2.5 miles. I’m still in shock. Why? because not too long ago I would have just sat and waited for them to finish their practice while I texted on my phone or scrolled through Social Media. This time I used my time more constructively.
- I walked home the other day after being screwed over by the NJ transit. That’s a 2 mile walk with hills. I could have Uber’d it but chose to walk. HUGE DEAL!! I tool the photo above as I walked because I decided I would also enjoy the walk as I did it.
- I feel better after a workout. When I’m struggling with PMDD symptoms, it is very hard for me to do anything that helps me feel better. When I am able to do it, the exercise helps.
- I didn’t even know what a plank was (embarrassing I know) but now I do. Not only do I know what it is….I’m actually doing it and improving. Improvement is only by seconds…yes, but it’s improvement regardless and I am very proud of myself. Those things are hard.
- I’m able to recognize all of the above as victories, whereas months ago I would have only focused on the fact that I have not lost weight. This in and of itself is a HUGE victory.
I know my goals and your goals may not the same. I’m 45 years old and sick two weeks out of the month with no desire to do anything but lay on my couch. But, if you look close enough you will see that you too have small victories to celebrate.
What small victories should YOU be celebrating?
Thank you so much for reading.