GRIT by Brit

A Blog by Brittani Rettig

Get FIT don’t QUIT – the Secret to Keeping your New Year’s Resolution



This weekend my Turbo Kick class was PACKED!  More people came than ever before.  Clearly getting “fit” is high on our list of New Year’s resolutions.  I’m so motivated by the energy, foggy mirrors and soaked pony tails that come out of a packed group fitness class.  Unfortunately, I have to face the reality that this awesome feeling will only last for a short while.  The February “drop off” is just around the corner.  You know what I’m talking about, that point when we all push our resolutions to the back burner.  As a group fitness instructor, this is the month I most dread.  It’s depressing indeed.

The “February drop off” really makes me sad, because I understand why people quit coming to the gym.  I understand because I was one of those people.  I was the person who set out the New Year with high hopes and expectations of perfection.  However, the minute I slipped up, I beat myself up and quit.  I showed myself no grace.  It was all or nothing.  The crazy thing is that many of us think this “do or die” mindset is critical to achieving our goals, but the reality is that aiming for perfection only assures failure.

I had to learn that each day I’m blessed with a clean slate.  What happened yesterday is gone.  It doesn’t matter.  Yeah, even that chocolate cake I smashed and that workout I skipped.  My entire outlook on my health and my weight management changed once I learned to love myself enough to forgive myself for my slip-ups. I had believe that I am worthy of a healthy body despite my occasional lack of discipline.  Indulging and being lazy WILL cause a delay in achieving my goals, BUT I can still achieve my goals as long as I DON’T QUIT – the same goes for you!

So, I simply encourage you to be kind to yourself as you set out to achieve your New Year’s resolutions.  Calling yourself a “fat cow” after enjoying a burger will NOT help you achieve your goals.  However, committing to an extra 30 minutes of cardio will help you 🙂  Hold fast to your goals despite your slip-ups.  We are human.  We are perfectly imperfect.  Embrace it (and keep coming to my Turbo Kick classes.)

Get FIT, Don’t QUIT! xoxo, Brit

Author: Brit

I'm a hard working boss babe entrepreneur who quit my long time corporate career to follow my passion and start my own business. Currently I own and operate 3 brick and mortar boutique fitness studios and an online virtual fitness studio called GRIT by Brit // GRIT Fitness. I created this blog in 2012 as a creative outlet to inspire women and share my personal journey building my own business, living a healthy lifestyle and now starting a family. I look forward to connecting and love you already!

4 thoughts on “Get FIT don’t QUIT – the Secret to Keeping your New Year’s Resolution

  1. Hi there and Happy New Year!
    I think you’re a Dallas instructor, right?
    Could you please tell me where you teach? I’d love to come to your classes.
    I really enjoy your blog and your upbeat nature.

    • Hi Shari! Thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog. I teach regular classes every Sunday afternoon at 4pm at 24 Hour Fitness in Mesquite, I also sub classes throughout Dallas. My schedule is posted on the top right side corner of my blog – I update it weekly. Really hope to see you in class! email me if you have any question 🙂

  2. Great advice to be kind to yourself. Some times it’s too easy to be your own harshest critic, making it harder to allow yourself to be successful.

  3. You are so right! You have to forgive yourself and just keep plugging away. You also have to make your goals attainable and recognize the reality of your body type and shape. In other words, don’t expect to look like anyone other than yourself. I have also found that having a workout partner really helps because I feel bad if I bail on someone who is counting on me.

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