I posted this picture on my Facebook page today showing how I rewarded myself for finishing the first month of insanity. Believe me when I say that this idea of rewarding myself is a novel one to me. I'm the person who is definitely harder on herself than anyone else. Usually, when I accomplish something, I will find other things I didn't do as well to focus on. An example is when I ran my first marathon in May, the first thing I said after crossing the finish line was "my time sucked". My husband looked at me like are you for real? just 5 months prior, you couldn't run for 10 minutes without dying and now you tell me your time after running 13.1 miles is "bad"?
That's when it hit me, I take myself for granted. I always look for the worst in me. To what avail I asked myself? Well, what would happen is after all the negative self-talk, I will proceed into a downward spiral, albeit sub-consciously. That's how I gained back 7 of the 10 pounds I lost while training for the race. After the race, I stopped running, I started eating like I used to and the weight came back on.
This time around while doing Insanity, I promised myself to pat myself on the back as often as possible because it is only by doing that can I propel myself forward. I still need reminders from time to time form the hubby (I missed 1 day of Insanity out of the 30 days and I about beat myself to death about it...didn't say I was perfect at it yet) to let the little things go and see the bigger picture. I'm doing that and I'm loving it. Hence, even though I missed 1 day...I did 29 days strong and I deserve those awesome Reeboks.
I have this on my computer background to remind me of the importance of self-recognition
So, pat yourself on the back, pick yourself up, make the changes needed but always remember that 1 will always be greater than 0 so every little counts!