I’m not normally one for tooting my own horn, but get ready for some tooting…
I’ve got TWO pretty huge achievements to regale you with this evening…
1) At the weekend, I entered into a 104km race and completed it in 3 hours and 47 minutes.
2) Last week, I deadlifted 180kg.
I know what you’re thinking…BIG WHOOP.
104km in 3 hours 47 minutes…that’s about half the speed of the Tour De France.
And 180kg?! LOL! That’s peanuts!
Both valid points (you cynic) but I’ve been busting out the pompoms and patting myself on the back all weekend.
Why would I celebrate such mediocre achievements I hear you ask?!
Well, to me, they’re kind of a big deal…I’ve never really attempted anything like that cycle before so there’s a massive sense of achievement to do it in a reasonable time.
And the deadlift is still 70kg off my own PB, BUT it’s the most I’ve deadlifted off the floor since a back injury two years ago.
Both feats, though unexceptional to the outside world, represent a culmination of hours and hours of effort of which only I know the true extent.
So it makes sense that no one else really cares about my endeavours, because a) they’re unimpressive and b) you didn’t experience the struggles.
This applies to almost every health/fitness/weight loss goal you set…you will be the only one who TRULY cares about your achievements.
Of course, your nearest and dearest might send a high five your way if you hit a goal you’ve had in mind, but that’s mostly because they’re happy when you’re happy (or if your coach/trainer is anything like me they will get giddy when you hit a goal).
Apart from that, you’re on our own out there.
Nobody is truly invested in whether you track your food or not.
Nobody cares if you skip your cardio.
Nobody is bothered if you skip leg day for the fifth time.
Nobody cares, apart from the most important person in this equation…
YOU need to be your own biggest cheerleader and celebrate every win, however big or small.
Because only you know the efforts you’re putting in.
So next time you take a step forward, however small or insignificant it may seem, get your imaginary pompoms (or real if you like) and celebrate those wins…
Whether it’s nailing your calorie goal for the day, completing all of your gym sessions, or even just making an effort to get a few extra steps in…take pride in your efforts.
Celebrate the wins, because if you don’t, no one will.
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