Sunday, May 18, 2008
After Bringing It six days a week for a four-week rotation of Slim Series and being very attentive to my diet, my waist measurement is right where it was the day I started the program, at a stubborn 27 inches. In fact, my waist was 27" when I completed round 1 of P90X. And it was also 27 inches when I completed round 2 of the same program. It almost seems that this number follows me along no matter where I go!
Go away, I say!
On second thought, judging from my overall results, I guess 27 must be my lucky number!
I won't lie to you--when it comes to my waist, I have an ideal number in my head: 26. While at the start of each program I strive for a smaller waistline, the truth is, I really don't sweat it all that much. I don't want my waist dream to prevent me from noticing and celebrating my progress elsewhere.
Unfortunately, too many folks tend to look at their inches lost not as a measure of how far they have come, but as a measure of how far they are from where they want to be. How can you not become disheartened if you're always looking at the glass as half-empty?
Focusing on what you have accomplished--however small the changes in your body--, instead of focusing on what still remains to be done, will make you a much happier camper and will help you stay the course.
Keep the larger picture in mind: a 1/4 inch here and a pound there add up over time. Just as you cannot open up a savings account with a dollar and expect to be rich in 2 months, you cannot expect to be thin or ripped in just a few weeks. Measurable gains take time.
Focus on Bringing it, on making small gains (muscles) and small losses (pounds), and for Pete's sake, celebrate them! Your glass if half-full, baby!
I'll drink to that! Now Bring it!