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Fitness Woes and Overcoming ‘Em

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No coach, no trainer, no mentor, and no boss can do it. If you really want to be transformed, you have to live an intentional life. Most people don’t lead their life, they accept their life. And when you accept your life, then you are living on things that are not worthy of your time, effort, and energy. To go uphill, you have to be intentional. Nobody ever went uphill by accident. You have to be intentional with what you do and who you are. So how can we overcome the woes of working out?

In the recent episode of the Really Personal Podcast, we have a 2 months check-in to see where our intentions are leading us in our pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. I said to myself, “Who are the best sources of advice on health?” The answer was: “People like me with the same struggles and frustrations.” Therefore, instead of paying hard-earned money to health trainers who have perfect bodies, I turned to a gratuitous source where I could hear what others like me learned from their health struggles- TikTok!


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Aside from the choreographed dancing and pranks, people on TikTok post-workout plans, what to eat in a day, basic guidelines to be healthier, and so many more useful videos. From people on TikTok, I quickly learned that lifting weights is the most effective way of losing weight and improving our bodies.

Get motivated and track your fitness journey with our digital download of daily and weekly workout planners. Set your intention and create a plan for success with our easy-to-use tools. Download your free planners today, and print or upload them to your tablet to start overcoming your workout woes. Put your physical and mental health first and take control of your fitness goals. Download now to get started on your journey toward success.


How to get motivated & be consistent

#1: Schedule and organize workouts on your phone.

WFitness Woes and Overcoming ‘Em | Really Personal Podcasthether in the gym, on a bike, or on the trail, we typically have our phones or smartwatches with us. Personally, I jam out to music while working out, so my phone is always with me. If planned ahead, you will approach your workouts with determination, clarity, and motivation.

When scheduling, utilize the “repeat weekly” feature. Be as specific as possible. Remember, you’ll be more reluctant to adhere to a workout plan and overcome workout woes if you’re not intentional in putting in the effort to plan ahead. You don’t enter an interview unprepared for the questions. The same applies in the gym.

Every Sunday, look at your calendar, and depending on your upcoming schedule, add the times and make any necessary changes. You’re approaching the week head-on with a workout game plan.

The below TikTok and Instagram trainers provide excellent workout schedules. Try different ones, and see which ones work best for you and your body.




#2: Pre-select your workout attire the evening before.

Whether it’s a banging matching set, or if you’re like me, Lululemon tights and a loose shirt or sweatshirt, lay it out in plain sight. Your morning routine begins the night before. By setting everything out, you’re giving yourself no excuses or wasted time.

According to a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit. The study also concluded that, on average, it takes 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. Doing this simple task of setting out your workout clothes or packing your gym bag will set you up for success.



#3: Keep a water bottle or cup near your workspace or where you spend the majority of the day.

Even in your workspace, keep a water bottle or a cup near you. Continue to fill it up throughout the day. My students know the drill- if the water bottle is not present or almost empty, someone reminds me to fill it up or bring it to the front of the classroom.

When working from home, I personally prefer a glass of water with lemon and mint, but you do you- the Stanley cups are super popular. The benefits of water intake are energizing, mood enhancing, hydrating, maintaining a healthy eating mindset, and motivation for working out.


I’m sharing what has worked for me so that it will work for you. If you’re feeling stuck in your life, whether it is in a relationship that is not serving you, an unpleasant job, or a body that doesn’t feel truly yours, know that you can always rewrite your story. We’re never lifeless. You can always make a change. Don’t wish for it, work for it!



TikTok Health Video Influencers To Love (FYI, they all have IG too!)

  • Robyn Marie Shaw: an art teacher turned nutritionist with the best motivation one can find and use!
  • Eric Roberts: The guru of fitness and healthy living, Eric is brutally honest so you don’t make avoidable pitfalls.
  • The Athlete Coach: Think of him as your personal trainer who knows the ins and outs of well-balanced fitness.
  • Morgan Rose: Talk about a badass woman who will get you toned in the weight section of the gym. I plan my workouts based on her videos, and they have been nothing short of GREAT!
  • Carli Ann: Another leader of the pack when it comes to utilizing weight training to feel on top of the world.
  • Kaylee: Especially when I just want to use one machine, Kaylee has you covered with variations to target certain areas when weight lifting.
  • Madi Ditler: Offering at-home and gym workouts that are manageable and invigorating.
  • Alena Cassisi: I love how she provides visualizations of poor lifting forms that are counterintuitive.


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  1. Beth Learn says:

    Hello, Mary Ann. Your knowledge, advice, and unshakable dedication have made a major impact in the lives of countless women who have suffered from diastasis recti. Your willingness to share your knowledge, personal experiences, and helpful hints has enabled these ladies to reclaim their strength, improve their core, and regain their confidence.

    You understand mothers’ emotional and physical struggles, and your ability to connect with them on a personal level is very amazing. Your genuine concern and support create a secure and caring environment in which these ladies can discuss their challenges and take comfort in knowing they are not alone.

    Remember mothers, it won’t always be easy, and there will be setbacks along the way, but keeping a strong and positive mindset can help you stay focused, inspired, and devoted to your goals. Believe in yourself, have faith in the process, and keep moving forward.

    It’s nice to meet someone who shares my passion for advocating and supporting mothers on their journey to overcome diastasis recti. I’m excited to connect with you, Mary Ann.

    Bethany Learn
    Founder of Fit2B Studio, LLC | Instagram | Facebook

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