One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

INSIGHTS

Celebrating Progress

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I have now taken 6 Bikram yoga classes and I am shocked at my progress. Today I was able to do my first-ever balancing toe stand!

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Not perfect but considering I couldn’t even crouch in the position when I started I’m pretty happy!

I also almost locked my knee in head to toe! (Looks like this if you are curious)

I’m not sure I’ve said this before, but I truly believe goal accomplishment is addictive.

I didn’t just wake up ready to run Tough Mudders. Five years ago I set a goal to complete a 5k, then a 10-miler, then a half. Before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line of a marathon.

I’ve set a goal to do a pull-up (which I did) and climb a specific rock wall (which I didn’t.) I’ve tried step and spinning and Zumba and kickboxing. And this weekend I’m actually attempting to run back-to-back Tough Mudders. (Yes, I’m freaking out a little. OK, a LOT.)

If you would have told me 20, 10, even 5 years ago that I’d be rocking CrossFit, loving Bikram and running Tough Mudders, I would have laughed in your face.

I’ve made the progress I’ve made by continuously pushing myself to try new things and celebrating when I did. I patted myself on the back for things like joining the gym, trying the rock wall, and running every event I ever attempted.

My advice to anyone who wants to achieve, well, anything …

Set small goals, celebrate not only your success but your attempts, and you WILL be surprised at the progress you make over time.

I promise.



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Discussion

There are 11 comments so far.

    Debbie Schneider

    April 14, 2013

    Roni – You look amazing in the photo – strong, fit, healthy, toned and athletic! I hope you can see it too!

    Amilja

    April 15, 2013

    Love this post! Just what I needed.

    Vanessa

    April 15, 2013

    Great photo! I love Bikram but haven’t been able to practice in years.

    I used to volunteer at a studio (working the reception desk, renting out towels and mats, signing up new customers) in exchange for FREE yoga sessions.

    Watching myself accomplish the little things (like the time I was able to lift my hips in Lotus- hips off the floor!) was definitely a great motivator!

    Vicky

    April 15, 2013

    Amazing! What a cool looking photo. You’re always such an inspiration Roni :)

    Tommy Olsson

    April 15, 2013

    nice photo and very interesting to read :)

    Lauren

    April 15, 2013

    You’re awesome :) You’ll rock those Tough Mudders!
    I’ve been going to Bikram 2-3x a week for over a year, but my hips just don’t open… I stay in tree. I’m OK with that. We all have our limitations!

    rachel

    April 15, 2013

    You are awesome!

    NatMcC

    April 15, 2013

    I love that with you pushing yourself to do new things it helps me push myself to do new things! Guess that’s the pure definition of inspiration!

    Laura James

    April 15, 2013

    I love that you actually acknowledged both the things you DID achieve and those that still need work. It’s refreshing to see someone not punishing themselves!

    Ethan Parker

    April 16, 2013

    A good read. Love the way you write. I am using this product http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7dGAbUhFMQ and not sure that should I workout or not?

    Shaun

    May 4, 2013

    I have done a tough mudder could not imagine doing two back to back. Truly inspiring