The month of March has been absolutely crazy in terms of how many balls can be juggled. New boss for the day job, medical age related test (clean results), full on family vacation, and the CrossFit Open sectional with two weeks remaining. All of these things combined haven’t left much time for writing.
Finally today I have a bit of a breather.
The title of this blog is most fitting for my thoughts this week.
When I stop long enough to think back to the early months of my journey I recognize the pattern of losses as more linear. Here lately and over the past couple of years progress looks more like the lines on an EKG. Progress for me isn’t in terms of weight losses as much as it is about gains, strength gains, confidence gains, and awareness gains.
There are months that I see no gains at all in strength, but a conversation with someone else will result in confidence gains, that person may have seen something I accomplished that I took for granted and the reminder is priceless. Gains come in every form and fashion. Often times I will fail on a strength lift. What I forget to acknowledge was that I overcame a certain level of fear to attempt the action in the first place.
Awareness gains usually come when I’ve been in a social setting of some kind or when I’ve made some poor nutritional choices that impact an outcome. Awareness gains are not necessarily good or bad, they just are what they are. That always means I’m more in tune with an action or reaction.
Sounds like a bunch of babble when I go back and read it but the bottom line message is that progress comes through consistent action. Both positive and negative. Keep and open mind, keep moving your body, keep nourishing your body with good clean food, and allow your soul some time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and what you fear.