The fitness industry sometimes gets so wrapped up in results. Drop those pounds, feel good in your skin, get to that ideal body fat percent etc. The list goes on and on about what we should be doing. And don’t get me wrong—it’s good to have goals! But it’s not all about results.

It’s about your mindset.

Your mindset is one of, if not the most fundamentally important thing about your health and fitness regimen.

If you don’t have a good attitude, you’re not going to get to where you want to be. Truthfully, it’s that simple. If you spend all your time and energy fighting against your body and mind, you’re not going to achieve the goals you’re longing for. If you’re so focused on the progress you still have rather than what you’ve accomplished thus far, you’ll be more inclined to give up earlier.

Every single day you’re working on being a better version of yourself. But it’s not about hating on who you’ve been; it’s about growing a stronger, more confident skin.

We’ve been told that fitness is all about changing the image you see in the mirror, as if who we’ve been isn’t good enough. We’ve been told that we need to drop weight, to have this ‘ideal’ body, and to put our diet and exercise changes before anything else.

But a truly healthy lifestyle isn’t about that at all.

Being truly healthy is about building your body mind and soul.

It’s about surrounding yourself with good people, building a community, and learning how to overcome obstacles that stand in your way. It’s about connecting with people who inspire you and helping others along the way.

Yes, you’re maxing out, you’re pushing yourself and you’re stepping out of your comfort zone. But you’re also learning, growing, failing, and taking steps both forward and back. You’re forgiving yourself for falling short. And you’re continuing forward with a positive, empowered mindset.

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and fitness enthusiast located in Ocean Beach, San Diego. She is the author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway and founder of Be A Light LLC, a remote writing coaching/tutoring/editing services company.


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