We talk about it a lot. I have dug deep the last couple weeks because of the hardest training sessions EVER.

I have pushed hard in the gym before, I can think of a certain Russian program that regularly brought me to my knees.

These days at Aspire Health and Performance I have to use every little thing I learned from that experience to not slide out of the gym on a pile of sweat while no one is looking. First problem with this plan is that Andrew is always looking.


The man has eyes in the back of his head!

I have never sweat as much as I do with my latest training sessions, I am tackling some new moves, muscles and attitudes. I remind myself over and over that I can do this. The two things that help me the most as I hit that wall where everything inside is telling me to stop is:

#1. A reminder that I can do anything for 15 seconds ( I remind myself again when the next 15 seconds arrives)

#2. That I trust my trainer and he wouldn’t have me doing something that I could not do.

I know trust Andrew to push me as hard as I need pushing and that he will be there to pick me up if I need it, or stop me if I push too hard too fast. This free’s up space in my brain to fight off the relentless urge to stop.

I find much of the so called “motivation” online rather un-motivating.  It just feels like superficial phrases set on unrealistic pictures.  The other day I had a horrible picture of myself emceeing an event posted online, someone had the audacity to say to me, “well that should be great motivation to stick to it a the gym.”  Are you KIDDING ME?!? One look at that picture and all I wanted to do was toss in the towel and head for the first fast food drive-thu I could find.

Sanity prevailed and that didn’t happen, but I thought I would share with you some of the motivational things that have helped me.

Off the top, check out the write up on A Navy Seal explaining 8 secrets to grit and resilience. So much of this rang true!




This campaign has been making a splash in the UK. I love all the body shapes and sizes represented, moving and shaking, jumping and diving.. The snap of the bathing suit in the beginning is perfection!

 Just for some added reflection, click HERE for a blog I wrote after reading the words

“motivation is for the weak.”

If you are contemplating some sort of fitness journey, no matter where you are at on the road, I encourage you to find your own motivation and use it whenever needed.. and remember it doesn’t matter how anyone else feels about what works for you.. because it’s for you!

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