50 Things to Consider Before Giving up on Your Goals

By , SparkPeople Blogger
When you set out on your journey to self-betterment, what were your goals? Were you determined to fit in that dreamy dress before December? Pushing toward becoming a Pilates pro? Fixated on flexing your fierce muscles four times a week? Maybe you were motivated to meal-plan your way to health? Riled up by the idea of running a race posthaste?
Whatever goal drives you, there are bound to be days when you're just not feeling it. Between stress at work, shuttling kids back and forth between activities, getting dinner on the table, enjoying a happy hour, walking the dog and remembering to pick up the dry cleaning, daily life has a funny way of getting in the way of our goals and motivation no matter how determined we were at the start of the journey. On the days when the couch is calling your name or the thought of eating another kale chip makes you want to cry, even the most inspired vision board is futile. On those days, you'll be happy you bookmarked this list.

Don't Throw in the Towel Just Yet

  1. Remember how you felt on day one? Let's not do that again.
  2. Exercise keeps your mind sharp, which is especially important if you want to keep beating your kid at Trivial Pursuit as you age.
  3. The way your clothes start to fit better.
  4. If you quit now, you won't be able to relate to the internet's never-ending collection of "That's so me!" healthy living memes.

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  5. The satisfaction that comes from a solid Sunday afternoon meal prepping Instagram-worthy lunches for the week.
  6. The endorphin rush after a solid sweat session is unparalleled.
  7. It's really important that you know that, if challenged, you could compete in an impromptu arm wrestling competition to start your own trucking company.
  8. People who exercise often are at the lowest risk for heart disease.
  9. The feeling after lifting a heavier weight than last time.
  10. You look really, really good in those new black yoga pants you just bought and wouldn't want them to be wasted at the bottom of your dresser drawer, now would you?
  11. You're inspiring your kids.
  12. You're inspiring your neighbors every time you take a jog through the neighborhood.
  13. You're inspiring your spouse.
  14. You're inspiring your friends.
  15. You're inspiring the checkout person at the grocery.
  16. You're inspiring strangers who see you in the park, at the gym, in the pool living your best, healthiest life.
  17. As Florence + the Machine sings, "It's always darkest before the dawn." Don't forget that this is just an off day, not an off life.
  18. If you really value your ZZZ's (and, let's be real, who doesn't?), consistent exercise can help improve the quality of your sleep.
  19. Complaining about being sore is the most satisfying kind of complaining. 

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  20. Despite the extra trips to the bathroom, your body really does feel better when you're well-hydrated throughout the day.
  21. It's difficult to feel really stressed out when you're mastering your Sirsasana pose.
  22. Do it for those "Wow! You look great!" reactions.
  23. And the "When did you lose so much weight?" stares.
  24. And the "I wish I had your dedication!" declarations.
  25. You're not only beefing up your biceps—your heart muscle gets stronger with regular physical activity, too.
  26. Dessert tastes better when you get a workout in sometime that day.
  27. You're taking steps to lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes.
  28. Are you willing to give up feeling like Wonder Woman or Superman when you execute a perfect deadlift at the gym?
  29. You've just perfected the perfect avocado toast with a poached egg.
  30. Future You will thank you, since regular exercise lowers your risk of functional limitations and imbalance later in life.
  31. Your dog loves that you're taking regular walks with him.
  32. A cart full of greens, eggs, fruits, lean meats and quinoa fills you with more pride than pushing a cart full of sugar cereals, frozen meals and potato chips.
  33. You're not alone! The SparkPeople community is here and ready to offer encouragement just when you need it most.
  34. Are you ready to quit because you're bored to tears? Switch up your routine with a new recipe, workout class, exercise tank or workout buddy! Getting comfortable is the enemy of progress.
  35. You already told all 400 of your Facebook friends that you’ve joined a gym and started eating healthier. You don’t want to have to avoid the questions when people ask how it’s going.
  36. That feeling of sheer exhaustion, lungs-going-to-burst, just-can't-anymore burn is always followed by the sweetest relief and a sense of warrior pride.
  37. Believe it or not, but sweat can actually keep your skin clean and keep you from getting sick.
  38. Two words: Runner's High. Or Pilates High, Yoga High, HIIT High. Whichever "High" gets you out the door.
  39. Your gym or boot camp buddies will worry about you if you suddenly stop showing up.
  40. Are you really going to say no to a natural way to boost productivity and energy levels?
  41. That perfect workout playlist you've been adding to for years doesn't deserve to be abandoned with such indifference.
  42. If these SparkPeople members can do it, why can't you too?
  43. You'll get more out of your vacations if you don't have to avoid strenuous walking.
  44. There are tons and tons and tons of healthy recipes you haven't even tried yet.
  45. Take a minute to reflect on why you started this journey in the first place. Look back on that decisive moment as life changing and commit to it all over again.
  46. Admit it—you kind of love leg day anyway.
  47. If you quit now, what will you do with those great sneakers you fell in love with when you started on this health journey?
  48. Wellness is having a moment right now—jump on the bandwagon and you'll be the trendiest lady or dude around.
  49. Remember that all it takes is just 10 minutes a day to be a better you tomorrow, next week, next month and next year.
  50. Did "Rookie of the Year" star Henry Rowengartner quit when he broke his arm and came out on the other side with "tight tendons"? No, he got to work and helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. If Henry wouldn't quit, neither can you. 

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Oh yes, it's all about remembering why you started in the first place! Report
I loved this! Thanks for sharing it! Report
Thank you. I've been battling health issues for months, and it is hard not to want to just quit. For today, I won't. Report
Great blog!!!! Report
My original goal was to get down to 135 by my 70th birthday. I didn't reach my goal but I am still working on it. Never give up! I now have many new habits! Report
I'll take any reason that hits the spot that day. Report
Interesting reasons, some are sort of silly and we laughed though. Do what you can and build up to more, don't be intimidated by others. Report
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Not a final list. I'm sure I could come up with more personal reasons if I tried. Report
good points Report
This is a great article with lots of good reasons to keep on keeping on one day at a time Report
I have a new philosophy.
I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
- Charles M. Schulz Report
I think I read this blog before. Everything looks familiar. I'll call it a review! Report
Love the list! Report
Great, thanks! Report
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Just keep on going. Report
Never give up - just adjyst. Report
I haven't thought of quitting until all the changes made to this site and they have made it difficult to work on the pages. Too much data is being taken with the automatic videos. I was at the top last month ready to pay an additional fee! So I am trying to figure out how to work around these things to continue. I love SP and the program and would hate to have to leave. It's a big part of my day. Report
#15,,, the checkout person,?? REALLY?? Do you THINK they HONESTLY pay attention?

YES I DO !! I WAS one !! Believe me,,,, as you see a customer headed for your register,,(guess some of us were bored? Noppers,,, we were seeing if we knew your customers well). Its pretty much true. YOU Can sum up (not always correctly) just by the way a person looks (that DRATTERED 10 seconds !) you can guess quite well whats in their cart !!

I went through the checkout myself and the cashier I had worked with said "NO wonder you LOOK better ! Your not buying all junk food !" Report
Love this list. Report
I really needed this. It's so easy to fall off the wagon sometimes, making it more difficult to get back on. However, no point in ruminating about what's already happened. People who reach their ideal weight did so not from ever making any mistakes, but by continually trying their best and getting up again. You can only fail if you decide to give up. Thanks for this great article! Report
keep moving never quit Report
quit-never Report
QUIT??? Never! Revise your goals, read some motivational articles, buy healthy snacks and get moving.

Never, never quit! Report
Great to be reminded that I am not the only one who feels discouraged from time to time . . . and that I am not the only one who goes off the diet sometimes too! And that you can always get back on it again! Report
The information was good...but I felt it was too long.
Love this! Report
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Health should always be the first consideration..vanity last. Report
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If you give up, you're giving up on you/us, SparkFriend! We can and will do it! Report
Some interesting reasons here, LOL. Report
Brand new-to-me age-related all-over aches and pains seemed to be incentive enough to call it quits the day this showed up in my mailbox. It took me six days to decide to read it, or to throw in the towel. I realised that on the couch or on a walk, the aches and pains will be with me. You've made the couch decidedly unattractive. Thank you! Report
Funny gifs. Interesting article. Finally one I can make a comment on. Report
Great motivational blog!!! Report
This is the motivational blog and I am going to keep it forever. You do get tired of following the rules but you have to keep on going. Love this and Thank you. Report
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Great suggestions, I needed to read this today. Report
Never give up! SparkFriends! These will help and encourage! Report
Yeah! Ya know? (Common Boston concurrence phrase) ;) Report