We don’t congratulate ourselves enough, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Think about it, how often do you catch yourself saying (out loud) “whooeee, that was a hard workout but I did – damn, I’m good”? I would assume very rarely. You may hear others complimenting your efforts every now and again, but do you ever revel in your own success? No? Well, you should.
Taking stock of your efforts and accomplishments is important as it allows you to determine your progression over a certain period of time.
For example, you’ve been running for three months. You’ve managed to lose one pound and still feel as exhausted at the end of your run as you did when you started. What’s going on?
I want you to stop. Grab a piece of paper and pen/pencil and sit down. I want you to think about each run you have completed over the past three months. Here are the questions I want you to ask yourself:
- What distance did I start at?
- What time did I complete that distance in?
- Did my distance change?
- What distance am I doing now and what time am I running that distance in?
- How do I feel at work?
- How do I feel during periods of stress?
- How well, physically, do I feel now?
- How well, emotionally, do I feel now?