Do you ever beat yourself up for a blip in your progress?
Yep, me too.
Or I used to, anyway. These days I am trying to celebrate my progress, and that I am better than I used to be – mentally and physically.
Yesterday during my PT session with Matt we recorded the boxing part – I know you like watching those videos! Our sessions last 30 minutes, and the boxing starts at around the 20 minute mark so by that stage I am already shattered. Yesterday in particular my legs and arms were feeling pretty heavy.
As always, I enjoyed the session in that masochistic way savouring not only the pain and the nausea you get when you have nothing left but also the feeling of pride of how far I have progressed with my fitness.
But watching the video at home after the session, I thought “Oh no I can’t share it!”.
Why? Because of my protruding tummy. It was my time of the month, which like many women makes my tummy bloat. And okay, I have overindulged on treats the past week which probably hasn’t helped.
But you know what? That is not the end of the world.
I realised I needed to focus not on my belly and its temporary bloatedness, but on how far I have come. I needed to celebrate that I am much better than I used to be.
For example, as in the clip below – the first time we tried dodging my coordination was all over the place and I narrowly avoided Matt smashing me in the face. Now, I am a super ninja! Or something…
That doesn’t mean I am perfect: a loss of focus led to some funny silly moments:
Ultimately, though, my speed and coordination, my stamina and fitness is loads better than a year ago.
And to add to that, a few months ago I would not have even contemplated videoing myself exercising, let alone putting it online.
I am not going to beat myself up. I’ll beat up Matt instead…but in seriousness tummy or no, I am so much better than I used to be physically, and mentally. The fact that I am able to mentally rationalise it is also huge progress for me. And that is what I am choosing to focus on.
I am still awesome!
It’s all about progress, not perfection.
Feeling low and stressed about it will get me nowhere. My overindulgence can be balanced out: I can reduce my treats and maintain my fitness.
And I can also learn to put on my clothes the right way around – I noticed I’d put on my top inside out only through watching this video! Duh!
Matt will be sharing ways of balancing out Christmas indulgence in a future Awesome Advent post.
If you would like support to find your awesomeness – physically and mentally – get in touch!