I don't train for sports or for health. I train as an end in itself. I enjoy the process (actually lifting weights, getting the pump, etc) and the results (strength, looks, etc). Progress -getting bigger & stronger- is probably number one for me.
I can still remember the first time I squatted 3 plts. I was just a beginner at the time and the only people I had seen squat that much weight at the time outweighed me by at least 60 lbs. To me, to be able to squat that much seemed unbelievable (I know I was naive, 315 is not much) so when I finally did it ... what a rush. Just thinking about it makes me want to go squat right now!
I can also remember this one time I hand the ultimate arm pump. My arms felt so heavy and looked so much bigger than I had every seen them before that when I just raised them it felt like they could have been 20 inches (actually about 17).
Thanks for reminding me of some nice memories...