I had a horseback riding instructor who used to love to say, “Don’t expect huge progress. If you can get 1% improvement in a ride, after 100 rides, you’ll have 100% improvement.” I like that attitude toward being patient and looking for the small bits of progress.
Today was my cardio and ab workout. I was able to do the foot-work (jumping jacks, running in place, etc) without my calves wanting to go on strike. It was refreshing to feel that there were areas that I could push myself a little harder and still stay injury free.
I am still adapting the workout to deal with my shoulder. For the yoga portion, it just means I get to spend more time in plank instead of trying to go down into a push-up and do the vinyasa. It means that when my shoulders are ready to tackle push-ups again, my back and abs will be ready for it, too.
If we look for each little pebble of progress, eventually we will have amassed a mountain of change.