Things are changing though….having children has changed this for me. I want them to know how proud I am of them. I want them to know that if they work hard towards a goal and achieve it, that they you should feel good inside. That it’s OK to celebrate and enjoy the moment.
I make a point of bending down and whispering in their little ears to tell them how proud I am of them. I tell them how strong they are. I tell them that I am impressed with how hard they have practiced. We have ice cream for dinner after a successful week at Tae Kwon Do or at school.
I always emphasize goal setting when I talk with others about weight loss and fitness, but also I focus on celebrating the success when goals are achieved. Be proud about your accomplishments. Enjoy compliments. Reward yourself. Have ice cream for dinner once in awhile when you deserve it. Feel good about even the small successes – they will sustain you as you work hard towards the next goal.
Walking the (active) Talk: I really enjoy talking with others about their goals, how they are going to work towards them, how their journey is playing out. I celebrate that I can encourage others to take better care of themselves and to improve their fitness.