Do you ever daydream about reaching your fitness goals–that final size goal? The realization of that goal was an unforgettable moment for me.
[break][/break]Technically it wasn’t a goal because never in a million years would I have dreamed that I would reach a size 6. I started buying clothes when I got to size 10 because I thought I was done. Then came the day in the dressing room when I tried on a pair of Dockers size 6 capris. They zipped without laying down. They zipped without sucking in. Out came the cell phone and I dialed my husband’s number, hands shaking. “I just tried on size 6 pants and they FIT!”
[break][/break]Great as that moment was, there were lots of smaller accomplishments along the way from size 22W to 6.
[break][/break]This may sound strange, but I remember walking through a parking lot and feeling air circulating across my lower abdomen that hadn’t felt air in many years because of the flab hanging down.
[break][/break]There was a certain trip to the library when I realized my thighs were not swishing together as I walked between the shelves in the quiet atmosphere.
[break][/break]And who could forget the look on people’s faces when I appeared in my first size 16 outfit?
[break][/break]Besides those moments, there were many written goals reached on the journey. Size 14 pants for the 2007 T-Tapp Safety Harbor Retreat.
[break][/break]Size 12 for my husband’s college reunion (even though I still weighed over 200 pounds).
[break][/break]I share these milestones not to brag. I continue to write about my experience to encourage and motivate those who are on the road with me. Fitness is a journey, not a destination.
[break][/break]I share these milestones to remind you to celebrate the smaller goals as you reach them. Relish the surprises along the way, like realizing that you have to pull the seat belt tighter. Go ahead and buy the pants in the next size down instead of walking around in baggy clothes. Call your husband from the dressing room and laugh together over your new size.
[break][/break]Size 16 is just as much a real accomplishment as size 10. Finally having energy throughout your day is an amazing discovery. Rehabilitated knees are definitely something to celebrate.
[break][/break]I have a friend with serious health issues. I asked her how bad it was. She replied that they were using the good china every day. They are celebrating every moment, every small family event. No more waiting until the big stuff to throw a party.
[break][/break]Life is too short to wait until you reach the big goals to celebrate. Notice the changes and focus on the new things you feel. Think about how far you’ve come and let yourself feel the satisfaction. Don’t dwell on discouragement with how far you have to go. Keep your eyes on the good things that are happening and throw yourself a little party or do a happy dance to celebrate!
Share a small goal you’re going to celebrate: leave a comment!