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Trust, Patience and Commitment
I know it seems like I'm about to give you some sort of relationship advice in a column in a magazine next to celebrity gossip. However that is not the case. Although we will be talking about a relationship. The one between you and your fitness. I'm sure this analogy has been made many times before but the experience that you have in your fitness is a great deal like a relationship with another person. Let me expand.
When you first work up the nerve to ask your fitness out you've probably been thinking about it for a while but needed the timing to be right. Maybe you just ended a brief fling with a diet and you found them to be too picky and judged you too harshly. Or maybe you were still in a relationship with your couch. Comforting and familiar. Either way, you've decided you can do better. So, you don't mind the new schedule or the work as much because it's new and exciting and you got to buy a new outfit. But then, as you get to know fitness a little better you realize it's not as easy as they make it seem in the movies. It's a developing bond that requires work.
Trust. It's easy to dream in the beginning about how wonderful life will be with fitness. How all your problems seem to melt away when you're together. And then sometimes fitness calls you out on some stuff and forces you to take a good long look at what you're doing with your time and your life. It reminds you are not perfect and that there are things you can work on. Fitness just wants you to be a better person and for you to succeed in all areas of your life. But it's hard to trust it because you've been disappointed so many times before. You need to believe that there was a reason that you made the decision to get with fitness and that even when things get challenging it's not time to give up.
Patience. You've been with fitness for a while and all in all you've got a really great thing going. You make time several times a week to go on dates and do activities together. You feel more close to fitness than ever before and find that you are getting into a beautiful rhythm. Be then fitness forgets your birthday. You don't PR or you find that even with all the work you've put in, fitness is still not giving you the dream house skills you were looking for when got together. Sometimes you aren't as excited to see fitness as others. But it doesn't mean you don't care. Have patience with these moments because they will pass. No relationship is 100% perfect 100% of the time. It's going to be ok.
Commitment. If you really want it to work with fitness, you need to be in it for the long haul. Not a Summer fling. There will be bumps and bruises along the way but its always worth it. The longer you stay with fitness, the more you learn to love and appreciate it.