At the onset, a competition (or any goal really) creates a bit of healthy stress. It helps you engage, focus, and move forward. However as the days/weeks/months roll on, so does the time commitment, expectations, and stress level. It is not physically, mentally, or emotionally healthy to continuously do more...and more. Time and energy are limited resources that must be shared among all areas of life to avoid physical injury and/or emotional burnout.
If we’re not careful, internal and peer pressure can increase to a point where people need a way to alleviate the stress. People become tempted to take one of three roads - work harder (sacrificing other areas of life), quit, or cut corners. Emotions and defenses heighten as tensions mount. If it sounds familiar and you feel yourself straying from the mission (whatever your goal), consider the following.
Recognize your own accomplishments. Have you ever felt great about what you did only to feel inadequate relative to someone else? Avoid the comparison trap. We are all at a different point of our journeys - whatever the goal. When you look at your accomplishments, the actions of others do not validate or invalidate your hard work. Instead look at yourself relative to where you were last week - were you able to maintain effort? Did you fit in a little more? Or more importantly, perhaps you deserve some credit for doing what you did during a really tough week!
Long story short, please remember your number is not your worth. Challenging yourself is about finding your perfect balance point of time, energy,and healthy stress
Stay nourished friends!
DISCLAIMER: The information presented here is meant to be for general education. If you want individual guidance to reach your unique health goals, please contact me or a local dietitian directly
Dietitian, personal trainer, mother, wife, runner, and triathlete staying healthy one bit and bite at a time