Are you trying to beat the insane roller coaster ride of diet food and pills, just to lose that unwanted fat around your belly and thighs? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting different results. So, pause. Take a deep breathe, and take a leap of faith in order to change. Without it, you’ll never reach your goals—be it health, fitness or weight loss related. Here’s a breakdown of those reasons you shouldn’t give up on your goals…just in case you forgot them.

When You Give Up on Your Goals, You’re Essentially Giving Up on You

Don't Give UpHave you ever noticed a difference in your mood when you work out, as opposed to when you don’t? Working out offers countless benefits—there’s no denying it. It boosts your metabolism, builds muscle, and can contribute to a great night’s sleep. But, ditching out on a workout can drastically alter your mood, confidence and happiness within as well. That’s because it’s not so much the workout you missed that’s giving you the blues, but a commitment to yourself that you didn’t honor. Don’t give up on your fitness goals—not even for a day—because the truth of the matter is, it can affect every other area of your life.

Your Body is Already Perfect (So Stop Giving It a Hard Time!)

Many of us make the classic fitness mistake over and over again. We focus on what we don’t like about our body instead of what we do. Can’t stop thinking about your muffin top? Feeling inadequate because of the cellulite on your thighs? Give thanks instead, and do your best to appreciate your body—every inch of it. Gratitude can be a great tool for implementing your weight loss goals and sticking to them. That’s because meeting your goals is really just about training your mind to believe you can achieve them. So give thanks, and make exercise a daily ritual in your life. What your mind believes, your body will achieve.

Because Everyone Could Use a Pep in Their Step

Young attractive athletic woman, wearing sporty cloths on trail,Has it been a manic Monday, or perhaps a terrible Thursday?  Your life as you know it may be filled with friends and family, a great job and good fortune all the way around—but your mood and overall attitude can easily be thrown off kilter. Your car breaks down on the highway, or you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and the day can go downhill in a heartbeat. There’s a lot you can’t control, which is why it’s so important to focus on what you can. Those lunges you endure, or that race your training for isn’t just about the exercise itself—but about you owning your body and making it the very best it can be.

Need a pep in your step? Practice a few ‘sun salutations’ in your yoga class, or interval train and your perception of the world and yourself will immediately begin to shift. That’s because committing to your fitness goals is really about committing to yourself and honoring your body. Forge the insanity. Instead, devote yourself to a healthy, well-loved body and you’ll see…the payoff will be massive.