2. Don’t beat yourself up
Few things are more frustrating than checking in the mirror after a grueling workout—you know, one of those sessions where you leave a personal sweat pond on the gym floor—and seeing, well, not much change.
“When anyone looks in the mirror, they see a lesser version of themselves,” Donavanik says. “We’re our own harshest critics.”
That’s why it is vital for your continued success that you interpret every little sign of progress as a giant step forward. “If you go from losing 5 pounds a week, to losing 1–2 a week, look at every pound as an accomplishment!” Donavanik says. “Don’t look at it and say, ‘I could do better’—celebrate the small victories.”
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