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Putting All Your Faith In Fitness

At The Gym

Me, at the gym at midnight.. because I was too lazy to go earlier like I should've!

You know, I get it.

If I’m having a long day, I may forget to eat. That hunger hits me. I wander over to the donut table in the break room. I take the first bite… and the angels sing.

The chain of events is something like this: The problem presents itself. I take action. Immediate results. Immediate as in… right then and there.

Let’s see if we can apply the sentence in bold to another hypothetical imaginary situation.

I gain 40lbs. I “forget” to keep track of my fitness. The warning symptoms hit me. I start to work out. First day on the treadmill, and…

…nothing? What do you mean, nothing? Aw screw this, where’s the donuts?

I mean, I get it. The problem presented itself. I took action. Where are my immediate results?

What do you mean, I don’t get any immediate results?

This is why it’s so hard to stick to our fitness routines. We could work and work and work and work and work… and see nothing for weeks. It starts to feel like all of our hard work is in vain, and we only fall off with fond memories of how we busted our tails, failed miserably, and will probably skip giving it another shot. Whereas, if I am starving and I scarf down a giant triple whopper (1,200 calories, 88g of fat, 1,600mg salt)… I get my immediate satisfaction. Like, right then and there.

I am here to tell you, as straight-forward as possible. Screw all that.

If there is one thing that I have learned and am still learning, it’s that fitness requires a level of faith far beyond hope and silent thoughts. It requires you to put your all – your 100% – into something you may not see for weeks or, in cases like mine, months. It requires you to believe in yourself, what you are capable of, how you care for yourself and your ability to seek out and find what you need to better yourself. Fitness requires faith… in yourself.

You have to believe in yourself. Believe in your efforts. Believe that your goal is one worth achieving, because you are worth the effort it takes. It might not give you the same instant satisfaction as a donut, but consider the feeling you get when you turn that donut down. You slayed Goliath! You got a monkey off your back.

If the problem is the lack of instant gratification, get it from a good strength training workout. Get your satisfaction on the elliptical trainer. Get your release from some quick in-house cardio. Get your gratification from the pride you feel when, instead of devouring the entire pint of ice cream, you get a glass of water instead. (Yes. I said water.) Find new fitness-related ways to get your satisfaction, and you will always win. Every time.

So, just dive head first into it! You know you shouldn’t be eating

[insert item you know you have no business eating], so put it away/throw it away and feel good about it. Heaven knows I’ve thrown away my fair share of food! You know you shouldn’t be skipping the gym, so go and feel victorious about that battle with the treadmill! You may not see the results today, but you will feel them today… and see them tomorrow! What helps you stick to your routine?
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By | 2017-06-10T11:21:34+00:00 January 8th, 2015|It's All Mental, Strength Training|50 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. bri April 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM - Reply

    GAH! THANK YOU for saying this! i know i’m an instant-gratification junkie and this weight loss thing is hard… i’m from the “no pain, no gain” school of thought so if after a good workout i’m sore all over, i know i’m making progress (or at least i’d like to think i am!)

    • Erika April 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM - Reply

      I despiiiiiised the “no pain no gain” mentality… until I saw what that “pain” brought me! I work it out until I can barely make it to the bed! That’s how it goes! That’s MY instant gratification right there! I’m so glad you said that!

    • Lakita Brewington March 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM - Reply

      Thank you for posting this! You are an awesome motivator!

  2. Tina Fite April 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM - Reply


    Why are you talking to me? LOL I am trying to get off of Facebook right now so I can hit the gym but am having a tough time doing it. I am one of those who changed both their eating/exercise habits and have seen quite a few changes since starting 5 weeks ago, mainly seeing the scale go from 318 to 298 in a matter of 3 weeks! Anyway, I love this post and I will hit the gym with this as extra motivation because, girl, you are SPEAKIN’ to ME!!!

    Thanks again!!

    • Erika April 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM - Reply

      Tina, I’m talking to me, too! I can understand!

      Is facebook going to help you lose those last little pounds you want to get rid of? ‘Cause if it would, I’d expect we’d be paying a pretty penny for it!

      And as sad as it makes me to say this… Get off my site and go, girl! (But come back! LOL!)

  3. Nea April 6, 2010 at 8:31 AM - Reply

    This was right on time! I just bought a new scale and realized after working out 5 days a week for 6 weeks…I havent lost ANY weight. I was so discouraged, near tears, and about to say screw it. I got the email update and couldn’t believe it. Thank you soooo much. I needed to hear this to stay on course.

  4. cjbrownsc April 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Great post, Erika!!
    You were definitely speaking to me when you said “I start to work out. First day on the treadmill, and… nothing? What do you mean, nothing? Aw screw this, where’s the donuts?” LOL
    I have been doing cardio for about 6 months and have lost absolutely no weight. I couldn’t figure it out until I read your post and it all came to me – the dagnabbit ‘donuts’ in my life are countering the cardio that I do!! Why didn’t I see this before today?! Surely I can’t be that stupid – or can I? LOL
    It’s amazing how I can so easily eat 3500 calories and gain a pound, but it is so hard to lose a pound. Immediate gratification is a ‘mother, isn’t it?

  5. Celeste April 6, 2010 at 6:29 PM - Reply

    It’s hilarious that you would post a piece about instant gratification. That is typically my downfall every time I get “on the wagon”. The donut/mac and cheese/whatever calls me then its “oh well, it ain’t working anyway”. But I feel so much better when I deny those things, not forever but just for right now, and come away feeling like, Yes, I can do this. For me it also comes down to good ole self control. I feel like, If I can control this, I can control anything, cause as everyone knows, the food monkey is a slick one and stays plastered to your back if you let him! LOL

    Thanks for reminding me of continuing my journey with integrity. I started going to a gym, got a trainer and yes, there is plenty of pain! But I also feel stronger everyday and don’t feel like I’m going to pass out like I did the first time I worked out. That’s progress- and I’ll take it!! 🙂

  6. Therese April 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    Great post! I have been really frustrated lately as I have been doing the Insanity workout for almost a month and while I look a bit leaner, I have lost no weight! Grrrr….Clean diet, 5am daily ridiculously difficult workouts and –NOTHING on the scale.

    But America does need an intervention when it comes to food that we have no business eating. I blogged about this recently: http://brazentherese.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/this-just-in-fast-food-will-kill-you/

  7. BAnjeeB April 8, 2010 at 8:40 PM - Reply

    This is something I repeat to myself daily and try to remind others when they get down on themselves. Thanks for this.

  8. Talitha April 9, 2010 at 7:11 PM - Reply

    First time at this sight. Truly enjoyed this article it is the exact thing that myself and co-workers fight with all the time. We have a good eating week and make sure we exercise – get on the scale at work and then want to abuse the scale. Nice site. Thanks.

  9. Lish April 12, 2010 at 5:54 PM - Reply

    This post was hilarious!

    This is such a great website very informative thank you for all of your hard work!

  10. Kjen June 24, 2010 at 6:28 AM - Reply

    I loved how you explained what a necessary role faith plays in your exercise regime. So many other articles would have nagged me about the need for discipline, when really, I think that faith is the foundation of discipline. Because you have to ‘know’ somewhere in your heart that your actions do affect you, that it matters which decisions and actions you take.

    Some days, like right now, I find that i have to look at pictures – Beyonce, Kim K. to motivate me away from the computer. Other days its the thought of fitting into certain clothing. In the beginning, but after awhile, I just like to exercise. Its part of my day and I notice I actually feel better if I do and feel guilty if I don’t. This is a cycle that I go into every few months – I never seem to feel the same about exercise all the time.

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