I work with so many awesome women and men that have a really hard time giving themselves credit for anything. In terms of improving health, big changes start with really small steps. I
If my clients tell me that they've spent the last 4 years drinking 3 coke zeros and sweet tea all day to now only drinking 2 coke zeros (replacing the 3rd with water) and sweet tea all day, then yes, that's a big deal to me and should be recognized as success by the client. It's about so much more than the coke.
Undoing years of patterned and unhealthy behaviors is a big deal. It takes LOTS of practice. In fact, it's likely that you'll continue to practice defeating these behaviors for years, sometimes the rest of your life. And that's okay. You are not going to be perfect. However, the more you practice making decisions that positively impact your body, the better you'll feel. This is a HUGE incentive for you to keep practicing, because once you start feelin' good, you'll want to hold onto that for as long as you can.
Remember to celebrate the seemingly "small" victories, because they can sure add up to big changes in the long run.
P.S. Speaking of not being perfect, I'm proud of myself today because today marks the 3rd day in a row I've eaten chocolate pie for a meal. Trainers who say they don't like junk food are straight up fibbin'.
Chocolate is life,