Just start.
Get yourself excited about your goal, and remember you’ll get there eventually! It’s your choice — accomplish it, or quit. There are some days when you don’t feel like heading out the door for a run, or finishing a project or whatever it is you’re supposed to do that day for your goal. Well, instead of thinking about how hard it is, and how long it will take, tell yourself that you just have to start. For example, just put on your running shoes and close the door behind you. After that, it all flows naturally. It’s when you’re sitting in your house, thinking about running and feeling tired, that it seems too hard. Once you start, it is never as hard as you thought it would be. This tip works well every time.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Henry Ford

Never skip two days in a row.
This rule takes into account our natural tendency to miss days now and then. We are not perfect. So, you missed one day… now the second day is upon you and you are feeling lazy; tell yourself “No! I will not miss two days in a row!” Habits can form quickly, consistency will always be the key. Don’t let one missed workout turn into two or three, it can be a slippery slope.

Everyone should lift weights.
There is more value in weightlifting than simply gaining muscle or losing fat! It enables you to transform into a better version of yourself (more confident, more self-aware, more mentally and physically strong), so that you can become a better person for the people around you. Weightlifting strenghtens your bones, supports healthy hormonal levels, lowers blood pressure (post workout) and optimizes your body composition. Without weightlifting you are short changing your results and health in general.

Challenging your own body is the ultimate method for discovering the strength of your mind. Nowhere in exercise is this more evident than with strength training. There will be days when you don’t feel like coming into the gym; the weights just feel heavier then ususal. There will be sets that you don’t feel like finishing. There will be times when everyone else in the gym will see you fail. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your resolve and determination.
You’ll develop the mental fortitude to get past failure, work when you don’t feel like it, and most importantly discover what you’re really made of; mentally and physically.

Thanks for being a part of my journey and letting me be a part of yours.

-Amy Jo

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