Dear friend,

You’re determined to make a change for the better and you’re putting in the time to make it happen. I’m so proud of you and I know you’ll succeed.

Sticking to a workout schedule can be tough. It tests your willpower and your self-confidence. There are days when it’s hard to get out of bed, but you keep going and you keep working out. You try to eat healthy. You have to push yourself past your comfort zone. It feels like hard work and it’s not always easy to see any results.

But trust me, you’re already making progress.

Every time you get up and choose to be active, you’re doing something good for your body and your mind. You’re saying ‘yes’ to a healthier heart and a stronger, more energetic you. You’re filling your lungs and using your muscles the way they were meant to be used. You’re choosing to invest time and energy to make your body and mind work more efficiently.

That pays off.

Don’t be discouraged if you miss a week, or if you splurge now and then. Just keep going back out there. Keep moving. Try new things. Test your limits. Enjoy how it feels to use your whole body, and the way you feel when you finish your workout.

And, remember to reward yourself along the way. Celebrate your progress with some new workout gear, go see a movie, spend time with friends.

Stop fixating on the future, fitter version of you. Instead, recognize your best features right now and celebrate your victories. Can you do two more burpees today than you could last week? Maybe you put in five extra minutes on the treadmill? Pat yourself on the back. You’re winning. 

Do what you love. There are endless ways to be active, so get imaginative. Walk to work, take the stairs, get your bike out, try out a new fitness class. Keep your fitness interesting by doing different things each day. Variety makes it more fun and enjoying it keeps you coming back.

Remember, you don’t have to work out alone. Meet your friends for a walk or get to know the people in your BODYPUMP or RPM class. Working out with other people is motivating and it keeps you accountable. Plus, it feels good to know you’re all sweating together.

Fitness is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy how you feel right now. Stick with it, even when it’s hard and in no time, you’ll start feeling stronger, happier and more energetic.