Think about something in your life that’s been challenge. Maybe it’s a relationship, a job/position, a goal, etc. In what ways did you find yourself slowly overcoming the obstacle(s) set before you? In what ways did you show up, push back, and stay consistent on the intended path in order to get yourself to the place you wanted to be?

Consistency is key.

When we focus on the baby steps, on the forward movements, on the continual growth, we get there. But we must be consistent.

girl doing a stretch, stay consistent

Think about the relationships you have in your life—romantic, platonic, or familial. Can you get through conflict if you never actually talk through the problems you’re having? Can you strengthen the bonds if you don’t ever see one another face-to-face and communicate?

Are those relationships developing if you aren’t truly showing up consistently for that other person?

Just like the connections we have with the people in our lives, we should have the same relationships with our fitness goals.

If we want to be in better shape, feel confident, alter our physical appearances, or truly make lifestyle changes, we have to be consistent. We have to show up. And we have to put in the work.

That means dragging ourselves out of bed at the first sound of the alarm, or resolve to only hit ‘snooze’ once. That means pushing ourselves to our limits, believing in the power of our strength. And when we’re tired or sore, that means understanding that all the negative feelings are a part of the process, and not get discouraged.

Even if and when the road gets tough (because it will) we have to keep going because if we truly want the results, they only happen when we get dirty, when we sweat, when we push ourselves beyond our expectations, and when we promise to keep after it. Without stopping.

Truthfully, we’re going to get discouraged. We’re going to have moments of failure and defeat. When it comes to fitness and exercise, there will be ‘on’ and ‘off’ days, and moments where it feels like we can barely life our heads, let alone dumbbells! But believing in the first step. From there, you get to that class, stretch those muscles, start that workout, and fight through to the end.

You can. You will.

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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