Eyes closed to shut out any immediate discomforts, working out has been my way of understanding how to cope through life’s “difficulties.” You know what you need to do to get to where you want to be, anything you feel, see, or hear that throws you off course can be pushed through. Nothing worth having comes easy. Working out and eating right is like working hard, doing the right thing, making sacrifices...it’s not easy but truly places you in a state of joy because deep down you didn’t cheat or be lazy your way through it. Results show for themselves. With lifting, I’ve definitely had to work to get my mind back into it. I’m just like you, I’ve “started over” many times over the last few years. And even before I really found my momentum in my own fitness journey. Focus, be honest with yourself, and respect yourself enough to say no to things that are temporary. Discipline drawing a line knowing where your weaknesses are, or where there’s nothing to contribute towards your goal. It’s not a strict, hardcore, thing. It’s being fully aware of yourself..be honest, focus, set your boundaries, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The “secret” was to always. show. up. and keep going no matter the setback.