I have been thinking a lot about this post and just haven't gotten around to actually writing. Even as I sit here typing, I am unsure of how to start this post. I guess maybe I will just jump right in to what triggered my thought.
I have been a little less than motivated lately with just about everything. I don't know if I'm not getting enough sleep, or if the weather moving from spring to winter to spring is affecting me. Whatever it is, I just haven't been motivated. It happens. My first reaction to my lack of motivation was guilt. "I should be getting out there and giving it my all in exercise every time," "I should be excited to make a healthy meal and take the time to make it well balanced every single time," These are how my thoughts were working. Now I know that we don't have to be perfect, but sometimes that brain of ours gets us thinking otherwise. I know I'm not alone!
Last week, I had to kick my buns out the door to go running. Spring had left once again and we were back to snow. It just looked so cold and I wasn't looking forward to running alone. All I wanted to do was curl up by the fire and read a book. However, I did get out there and got it done. I knew I needed to due to the fact that my first race is in a few weeks. I didn't end up going all out. I simply went for a good relaxed run and that was that. When I got home I thought about my run and I thought "That was a little victory for me." I didn't want to, but I got out and did it anyway. I didn't run fast, but did that matter? Not really. I still gave my body some movement and that's what I needed. Victory!
What other victories can we celebrate? Maybe we didn't eat our meal plus finish everything left over on our kids plates. Victory! Maybe we had a bite of a cookie rather than 6. Victory! In my case I got out and ran a nice easy pace rather than forgoing the whole run because I didn't feel up to running race pace. Victory! The point is, we need to look every day for the little victories to celebrate because there are plenty. Think of all of the little things you do great each day. You may be amazed at how amazing you are! Give yourself some credit. It's hard! I know, but we will grow by taking a more positive approach.
I love this quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger:
"Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse that failure."
This month take time each morning or night, whatever works best for you and think about those small victories of the day. Maybe even write them down. See how your perspective and attitude change. Until next time.
To your health and happiness,
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)