As much as I run,
I rarely let myself feel a sense of accomplishment from all of that work. I also feel like unless I run more than 5 miles, it is not a successful workout day.
If another individual shared that with me, I would think “Wow, give yourself a pat on the back. You consistently get out there and exert yourself–thats excellent and admirable to run that much.”
Why can’t I do that for myself? It is truly a struggle for me–giving myself credit. I’ve come to realize that a lot of this comes with comparing myself to others. There are times when I think “I have been an athlete my entire life–training, sweating, working, challenging my body, why do I still look at others and think they look better than me?”
Recently, Ive decided to change this. This perception that I am not as good as others is an illusion–one that will only slow me down. There is no positive that can come from comparing myself to others and feeling down about it– ESPECIALLY since I contribute so much time and energy to my health. I need to give myself some credit.
I often think while looking at photos on instagram, “Wow, look at that before and after picture–what a difference!” Then I look at myself and think,
“I haven’t lost any significant amount of weight, nor dropped 6 jean sizes, nor transformed by body completely.”
What I’ve realized is THAT IS OKAY! Instead of focusing on what I have not done, I remind myself that I have been health conscious and working hard on my fitness my entire life–as far back as I can remember. Just because I never gained a lot of weight that I challenged myself to lose, or dropped jean sizes just for the sake of being thinner, doesn’t mean that my constant dedication to fitness and nutrition is any less AWESOME! Why do I forget that? Why do WE forget that?
I am challenging myself to get out of that mode of thinking and instead, take moments to appreciate the healthy body I’m living in and that innate drive I have to grow and be the healthiest individual I can be.
The title of this post is “Shoot for the Moon…” because I have always loved this quote:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”
In my mind, this translates to: “Try your very best, dream big, and set challenging goals. Even if you don’t reach them, you will come within an arms reach from it because you challenged yourself and dedicated yourself to something.”
This applies to my life and routine in this way: some days, as I described before, I don’t give myself credit unless I exceed my own expectations. I say, lets trash that thought and get it clear out of my mind. It’s so negative and will not contribute to my success as a fit individual. Instead, maybe I can say to myself:
“You made strides today, challenged yourself, and became healthier in the process. Great job, Jesica.”
What negative thoughts do YOU struggle with and how do you “squash” that thought?