Don’t Stop Until You’re Done

by: Danielle Ternyila

It is easy to give up when you’re tired, but don’t let that stop you. If you set out to do 50 squats and you need to sit after 25, that’s okay! Take your break, then get back up and finish. The point is to not accept defeat. You are stronger than you think. Don’t stop when you’re tired; stop when you’re done.

Terry, one of our writers, my mama, and your friend in our Facebook group, deserves a spotlight shout out for demonstrating how to go after your goals and challenges! She committed to completing 50 squats a day throughout the month of June for National Cancer Survivor Month, and she shared her progress all month long in our Facebook group, until she fell under the weather. Just a little bug, but it was enough to put a halt to her 50-Squat-Challenge. Even though the month has ended now, she set out what she planned to do for 30 days and then some. Whether putting in extra sets on the last days or letting some carry over to July, she did not give up. Now she’s 1500 squats down, whether it was perfect or not!

She could have called it a day at the end of the month, but she didn’t. When you commit to something, whether it’s a half hour in the gym or a new healthy habit you’re starting, don’t give up, even if you mess up (and of course forgive yourself when you just can’t, like Terry has!)

Don’t quit, don’t give up; if you set out to do a minute plank, don’t give up when you’re tired. Do it anyway! If your arms drop before you get to 60 seconds, rest for a moment and then get back up and finish! Whether you’ve committed to a workout in the next hour or you’re chasing a bigger dream, be sure to forgive yourself when you have to stop, but don’t give up yet.

Everybody needs to take a break sometimes. Life can get in the way, and that’s okay! Just pick up where you started and get it done. It’s the same when dieting. When you start a diet and you get off track a day, or even a week or 2, don’t give up. Don’t think of it as a failure. You’re human, and things don’t always pan out the way you wanted. That’s okay! Just keep going when you’re ready again.

I hear it all the time: “I’m starting my diet Monday.” Why not say, “I’m going back to the diet?” instead? One bad day, or even a bad week or month, does not need to define your next. Don’t give up, and don’t stop until you’re really done.

How will you challenge yourself this month? Don’t quit until you’re done, even when you feel like giving up!

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