There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
I used to tell myself I’d be happy once I reach a weight or a physique goal and I wouldn’t allow myself to be happy before that was accomplished. The sad thing was, if and when it was accomplished, I still wouldn’t be happy. There would be yet another imperfection I’d find and need to fix for future happiness. My progress was driven by destruction and that isn’t healthy. I had to find a way to celebrate who I was at the moment because there was still amazing characteristics about me in that moment.
Growth and progress will always come and will always be celebrated but happiness is in the moment, not in the future.