11 Tips From Real Women Who Crushed Their Fitness Goals

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Improving your pull-up game or training to run your first 10k can be frustrating. But you should know that even people with six-pack abs and marathons under their running belts have been in your shoes. Scroll through for advice from women who crushed their fitness goals when the going got tough. (via Women's Health)

1. Turn obstacles into opportunities. Dell Farrell, 25, quit extreme workouts and dieting to become a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. She says that when she looked at every obstacle as an opportunity to improve, it took away her stress. So if your packed schedule is making it hard to get to the gym, learning to say "no" or improving your time-management skills buys you time to work out and teaches you a life skill. Obstacle, obliterated.

2. Sweat for the right reasons. "Focusing on my nutrition and physical fitness is fun, it's not something I’m forcing myself to do," says Farrell. If you feel like your workout is retribution for that donut you ate yesterday, why would you ever want to exercise? But if it’s something you get to do because you enjoy it, you’ll be more apt to stick with your fitness goals, she says.

3. Write yourself a letter. Farrell says jotting down how you want to feel after reaching your goal, how you feel now, and what you'll do to accomplish your goal is a great reminder of where you started and where you're going. Revisit your memo to yourself whenever your willpower wanes.

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4. Take it down a notch. "There were weeks when I was super-motivated to train hard and eat right," says Farrell. "Other times I would feel the complete opposite." When that happened, she says she took a week off to get excited about training again.

5. Go viral. When pastry chef Kira Ottaway, 29, wanted to get in shape, she created the Rock Your Life Fitness page on Facebook to blog about her journey. "I shared my strengths, setbacks, and inspired others who were trying to get in shape too," she says. That accountability kept her on track with her workouts and healthy diet.

6. Remember how sweating feels. "Sometimes I still want to skip a workout, but I know I won't feel good about it later," says Tami Siwiecki Whittier, 48, an elementary school teacher who worked with a personal trainer to get fit and stop stressing over the scale. "My trainer says, 'You don't regret working out, only not working out.'" So when you're not feeling that class or run, ask yourself how you’ll feel after your workout. Better?

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