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But I'm tired.... days when I feel like giving up
Bikini fitness model shares what keeps her going
 
Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
by Andrea Royale

I may make it look easy, but trust me when I say not everyday is happy, sunny, running barefoot-in-the-meadows wonderful when I workout.  

There are days when I'm physically and mentally drained – too exhausted to think, speak, or even move. Somehow, I still manage to do it, but barely. There are times where I actually argue with my trainer, completely blow-up. Cuss, fuss, then storm out. 
Those are the moments when I’m feeling discouraged and tempted to give up. I just want to walk out in dramatic fashion, throwing up both hands and shout “screw this crap,” but in more colorful language.

Many things factor into being in this state of mind like work stress, finances, the physical pain and strain to my body and results that don’t seem to show fast enough. Sometimes I lose sight of the end goal and wonder what am I doing this for.

So what do I do to pull myself through? I think of the obstacles I have overcome to get me to the point where I am and refocus on the end goal of overcoming other obstacles to get to where I want to be. I realize that getting to that place is worthwhile.  

Still, a battle seems to go on inside me. One side of me says, "But I'm hangry (combination of hungry and angry) and I just want a cookie and to punch somebody!" The other side says "Stop being a baby, get it together and quit trippin'!"

I have to remember that the results aren't going to get there without hard work behind it. So, I wipe my face, dust off my shoulders and get back in the lab and put my all in giving it my best.

Days I feel like giving up don't last long because my fight, dedication and determination are stronger than it has ever been.

I’m committed to fitness modeling, and I’m not giving up.  So I continue dieting when I don't want to watch what I eat. I workout when my body aches, and shake off the temptation to   give up because at the end of the day, proving to myself I can conquer all of this and finally be great at something is not just the push but the "shove" I need to step up to the plate and get it. I'm hangry for it! 

Andrea Royal is a Charlotte-based bikini fitness model. On her blog, "The Royal Truth: A Fitness Model's Story," the self-described shy, awkward, goofy girl from New York chronicles her journey breaking into the world of bodybuilding. Visit her website at qcfitnessmodeling.blogspot.com 

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