I saw this on Twitter this morning, and it was exactly what I needed to see:
I- and I know many of you do this too- sometimes focus on comparing where I am right now and where I want to be. Instead, I should be thinking about where I was compared to where I am. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am, I should celebrate it, not dwell on the changes I haven’t seen yet!
These pictures are not the best for before and after, even though it is the same dress I am standing at different angles, but I think you get the idea.
I still have a ways to go, but I’m trying to retrain my thinking. I don’t want to lose sight of my goal, or lose motivation, but I also don’t want to dwell on the final 12 lbs.
When I think about my journey I want to think about everything I’ve already accomplished- not everything I haven’t accomplished.
In 10 months I have:
- Gone from being a couch potato to running a half marathon
- Changed from a fast food junky to a vegetable lover
- Lost 54 lbs
- Went from a size 14 pant to size 4
- Learned to enjoy exercise and sweat
- Found a whole community of people in my exact same position
When I read that I feel like a superstar- I don’t feel like a failure for not being done, would I like to be done at this point, sure, but I’m not- oh well. It took 24.5 years to gain all that weight, I shouldn’t be so impatient for it to melt away.
What have you accomplished?
Do you focus on the past or the future?