Archives for July 22, 2011

On the importance of celebrating little victories


In our quest for healthier, fitter, leaner bodies, we tend to focus on long term goals; the accomplishment or weight or dress size that to us, embodies success. The problem with long term goals is that they’re just that, long term. Way off in the distance. Maybe a year or more away.

In order to stay motivated and on track, we need more immediate feedback. Some sign that tells us what we’re doing is working and inspires us to keep moving forward. I like to think of these signs as ‘little victories’. ‘Little‘, not because they’re unimportant, but because they’re the baby steps that we have to take to reach our larger, more distant goals.

In the spirit of celebrating little victories, I thought I’d share a few of my clients’ recent accomplishments with you. Join me in cheering them on!

C.H. says; “I recently noticed that I get up off of the couch, or out of a chair … without using my hands … just raise myself up with my legs (and core!) …. made me smile … I’m getting stronger! Thank-you!”

M.H. has gone from 6 knee pushups to 6 toe pushups in 6 weeks and has consistently met her daily macronutrient goals for the past week!

J.H. has dropped a pant size since swapping his old long slow distance cardio (60 min plus per day) for metabolic strength intervals; “I was initially skeptical that your approach would work, but it does. I’m convinced.”

S.V. has increased her shoulder press from 10 to 12.5 pounds!

D.V. is noticing the beginnings of a six-pack!

S.F. is training for her first Warrior Dash and can now do 6 sets of stairs carrying a 15 pound sand bell!

J.Y. has given up Nutella (this is a huge accomplishment!).

Take time to celebrate the small successes in your own health journey. As well as looking forward to achieving your goals, stop and glance back over your shoulder, recognizing how far you’ve already come!

Tell me about a recent ‘little victory’ of your own?

If you keep a fitness journal (you do, right?), do you ever look back and compliment yourself on your progress (you should!)?