Sara G. on the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge
For the past few weeks, we’ve been bringing you updates on this year’s Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge participants to let you know how they’re handling the, well, challenges of major and minor lifestyle changes. Sara posted the comment below to the LFPB Facebook group over the weekend. We liked it so much that we’re reposting it here with her permission. Enjoy!
Friends! I had a helpful chat with Mo [one of the winners of last year’s Challenge] last night that I’ll call, “Managing Expectations and Celebrating Accomplishments.” I’m grateful for his insight. Maybe you, too, wonder or doubt whether you are succeeding. Perhaps my expectations are unrealistic and my definition of success is skewed… familiar burdens. I need to focus on the “B” in LFPB; it’s about getting better, not getting “perfect.”
To my dismay, that snug skirt hasn’t gotten any less snug. My eating has been healthy and clean, with occasional indulgences. I am drinking less, and that’s an achievement. Give away the skirt or significantly cut calories? Is the deprivation worth it? Warranted?
I upped my class attendance from 3 to 5 times per week in January and that has made a difference in strength and stamina. It’s not that I have made huge jumps in weight, but as Mo encouraged, I should focus on any progress as a win, whether it’s one unassisted Pull-Up or not hyperventilating after a 400m run. I am proud of myself for doing the Open to push myself and to get out of my comfort zone (not that CrossFit is remotely in my comfort zone).
Thanks to Mo, I will try to celebrate improvements and stop letting perfect be the enemy of better and hope you’ll find it encouraging to do the same.
We’re pulling for Sara and all of the other LFPB participants as they enter the homestretch! Keep up the great work, gang!
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