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5 things standing between you and your fitness goals

Emily Skye

If you've ever struggled to keep up a diet or fitness routine for more than a few weeks, you already know that staying motivated and having mental strength can be the hardest part of sticking with it.

Trust me, I get it! When I was a teenager, everyone said girls needed to be skinny to be happy, but even though I was thin, I was miserable. When I discovered strength training in my 20s, I realised that feeling strong and capable is what actually made me feel great.

But then I got pregnant with my first baby and my body changed drastically. I was so worried I’d never get feel strong or fit as I had been – it was completely new territory for me.

Many years and two beautiful kids later, and I’m now stronger, fitter and healthier than ever. I know my body can handle any challenge and transformation life throws at it, and I want other women to know they can too!

The right mindset is so important if you want to reach your goals, so here's how to overcome five mental challenges that could be holding you back:

1. Dwelling on negatives and mistakes

Replaying embarrassing or negative things in your head, over-analysing every situation and focusing on things you do wrong (instead of right), it’s NOT helpful.

This toxic behaviour will hold you back and will stop you from achieving happiness and success. So I beg you: let go of the past, focus on the future and start envisioning everything you want and CAN achieve. When you feel that negative thought spiral starting, cut it off straight away.

2. Not believing you can do it

You’re only as successful as you believe you can be. However, you’re worthy and capable of ANYTHING – you’ve just got to believe in yourself.

As soon as I stopped doubting myself and allowed myself to get uncomfortable, I started achieving my goals and turning dreams into reality. It takes work and practice, but you’ve got to look at what you’ve got and how that can help you move forward.

It's time to call out your inner critic, stop comparing yourself to others and embrace the fear. I promise, you are worth it.

An Instagram post of Emily Skye wearing a pink swimsuit top with visible abs.

Believe in yourself!

3. Not rewarding yourself

Maybe you think you need the ‘tough love’ approach to get things done, or you punish yourself for slip-ups.

Instead, reward yourself for the things you do right. Smashed a week of workouts? Get a facial! Meal prepped like a champ? Spend a bit of that extra time catching up on your fave TV series or read a book instead.

4. Thinking you don’t deserve it

Firstly, you do! And if you need people to remind you, let my Facebook community support and encourage you. It’s made up of strong, loyal and inspiring members.

Self-worth is so important to both your mental health and your ability to achieve great things. Honestly, self-confidence and motivation go hand in hand. As soon as you believe in yourself, you’re gonna smash every workout and reach your fitness goals – which will have its own extra positive effect.

5. Not valuing your own time

A lot of time-wasting and procrastination actually comes down to not seeing your time as a valuable resource. That’s why you scroll mindlessly through social media or binge on Netflix for hours.

Time-wasting can make tasks take longer than they need to be, and the longer something drags out, the more you lose motivation to get it done. (Sound familiar?)

Moving forward, start setting timers for tasks and even your social media use until it becomes habitual. It’s time to take back control and get things done!

Emily Skye
Personal trainer • Founder

Emily Skye is a strength training expert and the face of FIT, the digital fitness app that helps women worldwide build strength and confidence, stay active through pregnancy and rebuild post-pregnancy. Emily holds a Certificate IV in Fitness and Master Trainer qualification from the Australian Institute of Fitness. She is also co-founder of James Cosmetics and a mother of two.

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