Success Comes In Strange Packages

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my bicepWeek 1 of Project Bad A$$ has come to an end and Week 2 is off to a strong start. The results are promising but not as good as I had hoped. The scale was up a half pound, not too upsetting. I have my body fat tested by pinching in three places. I believe this is called the Jackson/Pollack 3 Caliper Method if you’re curious. My legs were down three and my abs and arms were each up one in the pinch test, so over all I dropped one entire millimeter. Yes, millimeter, but it went down.

Some of my measurements were up too this week, however since I’m in the process of gaining muscle this is a good sign. Not to mention that my butt and inner thighs are still in agony from Saturday. Pain can cause swelling while the muscles repair. My body fat went down and my measurements went up. This means there is new muscle in there. I looked at myself in the mirror several times this week and I can see a difference. The dent in my ab muscles is back and I feel more solid. I was spot on with my eating and didn’t stray one bit. I also did every planned workout on the schedule.

As I walked to the car after my workout, I realized just how far I’ve come in the last year. The old me would have seen the scale and the measurements and been frustrated. I would have beaten myself up and felt like it was a wasted week. Actually the old me would have used it as an excuse to stop at McDonalds or Krispy Kreme on the way home because I had failed. It was like a light bulb went off this time.

I was reasoning with myself and coming up with excuses, but this time it was to justify to myself that I was actually making progress. I was looking for success reasons, not focusing on failure reasons! I can see definition that wasn’t there even a week ago. I stuck to the plan therefore there was no way I could be worse off. I feel better and more energetic than a week ago. It was a pretty long list that I created.

I was even shocked that I was mentally listing reasons that I could call this week a success. It was a really good feeling and put a smile on my face. That alone was success enough for me. Do you agree?

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