Monday, June 29, 2015

Persistence and Tenacity, a Fitness Mantra (and today's ZINspiration)

I'm switching things up for ZINspiration Monday this week. I still want to publish your inspiring stories about overcoming challenges (please, send them to me!!), but today I want to talk about straight up fitness motivation.

There's a lot out there in the fitness world about having "no excuses" and working for what you want. You've already heard my rant on when fitspiration goes bad... ya know, when skinny minny models or uber-buff lifters post selfies with words of "encouragement" that make you feel worse about yourself. Today, I want to bring it back to a simple mantra that can go along way.

Persistence and tenacity.

Persistence (noun): firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Tenacity (noun): the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly

If you know where you want to be, you can figure out how to get there, and persistence is what will keep you on track. It doesn't mean you can't have a freakin' cookie every once in a while... you adjust course and keep it moving.

And with tenacity, you're holding onto your goals tightly. Your fierce loyalty to them won't allow one slip up to abandon what you know you want so badly.

These are the words I plan to keep in mind from now on. I don't need someone else's version of "fit" or "perfection" in my face to keep myself persistent and tenacious. I just need me and confidence in myself to keep going.

What words are part of your fitness mantra?

1 comment:

  1. For me, it's never mind what you can't do....concentrate on what you CAN, and you'll be amazed at how much you actually can do - even some of the stuff you couldn't before.

    You're right...persistence and tenacity ARE key. You can't give up because your idea of fitness doesn't match what you see pretty much EVERYWHERE.....because believe me, my idea of fitness is WAY different from most. I'm not trying to be "skinny", my fitness journey is all about keeping my mobility and independence.....skinny(er) is just a side benefit!