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How Do You Measure Progress?

I dare you not to break out into song as I ask you this question. "How do you measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee?

In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife?"

But then, life...

Ok, seriously. My question is really -

How do you measure progress along your health journey?

Numbers on the scale? Inches lost? Energy and strength gained?

But what happens when life happens? What do you do when the numbers on the scale just don’t seem to be budging as fast as you would like? What do you do when your toddler gets sick, passes a cold throughout the house, and before you know it, it’s been a week of lost sleep, that’s got you so run down that you can’t even remember a life on the other side of the box of tissues?

As I sit at my dining room table, the early morning winter sun shining through the window and lighting up my face, the house still and quiet as everyone else continues to sleep - I’m pondering on progress. The beginning of the new year comes with the pressure for big change. You’ve set new health goals for yourself and created what felt like a manageable plan. But then, life. But then, life in the time of COVID