If you can’t seem to motivate yourself to get to the gym, or do what you know you need to be doing, then think of this: Starting over is way harder than just sticking with it.
We all get tempted to skip workouts, to cheat on our diet and to get lazy – especially in the summer, when families are vacationing and rules are lax. Giving in and giving up is easy. Showing up when you don’t feel like it is always tough – but starting BACK up after you’ve taken a break (or quit for a while) is even harder.
We are often embarrassed that we “let ourself go”. Our pride is crushed because we can’t do what we used to do, and we don’t like how we look and feel (which is tough when you are in a gym full of fit people who are constant reminders of how far you would have come if you didn’t stop).
If you think showing up is hard when you actually look and feel good, think of how hard it is to show up when you are working out even though you are still fat, still weak and still lacking energy. Now THAT’s hard!
So, next time you find your being tempted to quit (even if it’s just for a few days, or a few weeks), remember you are making it much harder for you later.