I was having a conversation about persistence with a friend of mine the other day. He was telling me about how he now has a personal trainer and was ashamed to say to me about it (I have my views about personal trainers. I May or may not have shared it with you guys).
He seems to think I have some drive that keeps me training, so I shared with him my journey, on how and why I started.
First, and for most, I am for whatever gets you training. If you need a personal trainer to instill some discipline, get one.
It was such a struggle for me to be honest; I felt like quitting so many times when I started.
Two things kept me showing up for another workout:
1. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic in my early twenties (Yes, it's a thing, not making this up).
2. I eventually found the kind of training I enjoyed.
For me, training and weight loss were and still aren't so much to do with how I look, but more about how I feel.
Don't get me wrong here; I still catch myself having to do that mirror double back once in a while (you know, where you have to go back and verify that the sexy beast you've just walked past is indeed yourself), but my health is the primary reason I kept showing up.
Once you fully understand that keeping healthy is not a commendable thing to do, but a fundamental requirement for your well being, it becomes slightly more manageable.
If you do not find yourself anxious to go workout, you haven't found something you truly enjoy. Those who know me know that my days are filled with things that keep me from working out, it is not one of the things I have to force myself to do that day.
Do it because it is what your body requires. When your car service light comes on, you do not hesitate to take it down to the dealer.
Is your service light on? Then what are you waiting for?