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There is something about eating too many cookies for your own good over a three day period that really brings motivation down to zero. Potentially even negative (if negative motivation is even a thing).

I am not going to lie, as of 20 minutes ago (about 2 pm on Sunday, Dec. 26th), I had no intention of writing a blog this week. Motivation was at an all time low. I did not want to put out content. Week 7 was going to be lost to all the great things that the holiday season brings around (like family, friends, and food).

As I sat with that feeling though, I knew it was wrong. I knew it went against the message I preach to my clients (and hey, I set out on this journey trying to practice what I preach).

That message: Keep showing up.

Even the days you do not want to.

Ya know, the days where motivation is in the toilet. Those are the days to fight against that and keep showing up.

That is what I am doing right now.

I pulled out the keyboard and started typing. I showed up, and this blog just kind of happened.

Yeah, it might not be the world's greatest blog post, but it is something. I will be better off for it in the long run.

That is the same for fitness and showing up at the gym. Yeah, it might not be your best session ever, but at the end of the day, you showed up. You continue to breed consistency (which is the key to long term success), and you will be better off in the long run because of it.

And hey, if you are just beginning to think about starting a fitness journey, my biggest bit of advice would be to just show up.

Your body and mind will fight tooth and nail to keep things the status quo. A.K.A your body and mind will fight to keep you from taking the first step, which is showing up to the gym. Resist that. Change the status quo. Just show up. You never know what might happen (and I promise it will not be as scary as you think).

So, take home message here: keep the consistency rolling (or start to build consistency). Show up even when you do not want to. Good things can happen when you do (and damn, you will feel proud of yourself too).

Chris Kaschalk

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