A great quote, which I think breeds a truly positive mentality when it comes to comparing your progress.
Pick out the positives. See how far you've come.
However, we can only do this if we have relevant feedback to compare with.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. That's why it's so important.
Watch what your body is doing and how it is responding.
Make relevant changes.
Otherwise you're going in blind. Making amendments based on nothing, or not making any amendments. Both will see you struggle to progress.
Collecting a little information each week will allow you/your coach to make appropriate changes to help you to continually progress and therefore reach you desired goal.
Each of you are individuals, your goals will differ and therefore the information you want to collect and compare each week will differ.
This can be, and is usually in the form of:
- Visual photos of how you look - Weight - Circumferences - Body fat
but let's not forget these super important ones...
- How you have felt that week (energy, mood, strength etc.) - How YOU FEEL you have done that week - What things are you proud of that week - Have you adhered to the plan that has been laid out - Have you managed to keep within nutritional requirements - Digestive health - How well have you slept - ...the list could go on.
That's why this should be as individualised to you as your training and nutrition should be.
Comparing your weekly progress is key.
Choose what it is you need to compare based on your goals, but make sure you watch how your body is responding.