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Here’s the unfortunate truth about fitness, exercise, and healthy living: you don’t always get to see results right away. Sometimes you’ll be waking up every single morning at 5AM for that early morning workout. Or making those protein shakes instead of a hearty, greasy breakfast. Or subbing water for beer. And you’ll feel like you’re stuck in the same place.

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First, I want you to recognize and understand that you’re not alone—you’ll never be alone in this.

You can do everything right. You can get eight hours of sleep each night, burn the max calories every workout, and stop binging on pizza on Saturdays. But every single person’s body is different.

And sometimes the results won’t come as quickly as we expect them to.

Sometimes we’ll have a long, slow, and painful climb to where we want to be. Sometimes we’ll take ten steps forward and four steps back. And sometimes, just when we think we’re getting our lives together, we’ll slip up and feel like we’ve started all over again.

It’s okay.

But it’s also human to recognize that this is frustrating, and it’s okay to feel frustrated, too. Rather than giving up, though, here are some tangible ways to stay positive, even when it feels like you’re stuck in place.

1. Look at the little victories.

It’s not always about the big things, not about the pounds dropped, the calories burned, or even the amount of weight/reps you can lift. Sometimes it’s simply about getting up and to the studio in time, drinking cups of water, trying to switch a burger for a salad once in a while. The little things—although little—can have the biggest impact. Don’t forget that.

2. Listen to yourself and what you need.

You’re not any less of a person if you skip working out for a week when your body is aching or tired. You won’t fail, simply because you’re not as strong as the person next to you. Every single person is different, has different strengths, and has different needs. Remember that paying attention to your body and cues is fundamental in building the best version of yourself.

3. Keep going.

Sometimes we make positivity much more complicated than it has to be. If you want to stay positive, especially if you’re feeling stuck, sometimes it’s as simple as focusing on the good and pushing the bad out of your mind. You’re going to have tough days, weak days, and frustrating days. But you can’t let those days define you.

No matter what happens—keep going.

You and your health are worth the fight.


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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