What Success Looks Like


I’m a morning person. The type that pops out of bed with no alarm at 7 a.m. on a lazy Saturday. From the second my eyes open via my internal alarm clock, I feel like I’m missing out on something if I lie there another second!

However, when I began my early morning workout routines… that was another story. Even for me, 5 a.m. was considered night. With a little pushing, though, I was able to conquer my alternating morning barre3 and spinning classes. I read through some great tips via @KateUpdates and pumped myself up with the help of @MissMissyGlee.. and voilà! A morning exerciser was born.

I’m more dedicated now than ever to my fitness routine, healthy eating and listening to my body. As I get older, I realize that it’s what’s keeping me here. Also, it’s going to need cared for even more than right now as I age! If I don’t get enough rest, if I fill it with junk food and alcohol, if I don’t exercise- I’m ruining it, and I’m stacking the cards against myself. Sounds a little crazy, right?

Of course, it’s not always easy- which is why I love the image above regarding success. When looked at from the outside, it does seem like a straight upward climb. I look at those around me conquering health and fitness goals, and I’m jealous! I think, “How is this so EASY for them?”

But it’s never quite the same from the inside- especially knowing the path I’ve gone down to reach some of my own goals over the past few years. I can vouch that it isn’t always a straight climb to the top. As I said in a previous post, it’s the ability to get back up after you fall, and keep trying that allows you to reach success (however you define it).

Whatever goal you have, don’t get discouraged. Keep pushing through the tough spots. There will be valleys and hills, but once you reach and surpass the goals you set for yourself, you’ll look back in amazement. And the best part? You get to define another new set of achievements to reach for!