So, you know what it is you need to do, you have the plan in place, you have a goal to accomplish- BUT you just can’t seem to follow through. What is the problem!??

This is so common in many areas of our lives right? In my profession, I see this so much with health and fitness.

Here are some possible obstacles you are up against:

1. You made a plan that was unrealistic to execute. Are you really ready to make this goal a priority and put it above other things in your life?

2. You don’t like being uncomfortable. I get it, exercise is hard and literally can hurt. Eating healthy is not as fun as junk food, but these are things that lead to health. Are you willing to do things that are hard?

3. You don’t really want to change. If you are honest with yourself, you LIKE doing the things that are keeping you from success (sleeping in, eating in excess, eating at restaurants instead of cooking, drinking alcohol, staying in a negative mindset). Get real, you are not ready to give these up and make a change.

4. You are not truly ready to succeed, it is scary! If you sit down and think about what it would be like to achieve your vision- do you get anxious? Do you already think you can’t do it? Do you doubt if it is even possible? These are all negative, sabotaging mindsets that are playing into failure. You have to believe you can do it!

I know all of these barriers from personal experience at some point in my life. You have to be brutally honest with yourself before you can achieve something great.  Ask yourself the above questions and modify your plan based on the answers.


Examine your spiritual life. Are things in order? Are you trying to do life all on your own with your own agenda and all for you? Are you focused on “figuring it all out” or searching for fulfillment and validation through a change in your physique?

God uses our physique to get our attention and provoke change. He uses it to motivate us to grow closer to Him and live a better life. I found out that we can’t exclude Him from the journey and truly succeed for the long haul. If you are wanting to make an outside change- look inward first. Long-term transformation starts on the inside, then works it way out.

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Sometimes, the best intentions take us down an unexpected road.


After working as an RN in the Emergency Department for years, I stayed at home and worked off and on while having my babies (who are now 12 and 9). During my time at home, I found fitness to be a great outlet for me. I worked with a personal trainer and took small and large group classes, following every instruction I was given i​n​ search of my “goal body.”


At first I was getting amazing results, but after using many extreme diet and exercise methods over the course of years, I found myself frustrated and in poor health: I was losing hair, muscle, and most importantly, self esteem.  It was to a point that despite exercising up to 3 hours per day and keeping a low food intake, I was putting on body fat.


From this low point, I started educating myself on fitness and nutrition. I found that there are so many poor practices being pushed by fitness professionals, and these methods are only meant for fast results (not long-term).  I realized at this point that there was a need for a facility that focused on sustainable strength, health, and positive self image.


As you’ll read in future blog posts, ​my journey includes ​an addiction to exercise and an unhealthy focus on my physique (which led to extreme amounts of cardio and diet restriction), and finally victory through my relationship with Christ and education.


Looking back, it all started with an unhealthy goal and mindset.  My vision was not in line with my values system or priorities.  PHYX is dedicated to helping you discover a positive mindset that goes beyond a​ ​focus on weight loss and physique changes, but you have to have the vision to start.



From my own experience, having an unhealthy vision of what I wanted to accomplish in fitness caused health issues and anxiety. What ​goals ​do you have for your health, lifestyle, routine, and physique? Do they all line up? ​Is​ your ideal physique ​compatible ​with your lifestyle and values system? ​Will​ ​you be able to maintain​ that physique while living your ideal lifestyle?


Take time to get quiet with a pen and paper, and ask yourself: What does success look like, in terms of my health and fitness goals? Are my goals realistic? Are the methods required to get there sustainable?


I encourage you ​to ​focus on a vision of success that ​is united ​with ​your values and your life. ​I believe that when we find ​this alignment, we forge a path ​that leads toward accomplishing​ our health and fitness​ goals​—for the long term!