Real Female Fitness Motivation – 8 Stories That Will Inspire You To Workout

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Let’s be honest.

We all know that when it comes to losing weight, regular exercise does its job perfectly. Combined with clean, healthy eating and calorie deficit, you can be sure to expect results in a few weeks.

Yeah, it sure works. BUT…

You can easily find yourself demotivated when the results don’t come as soon as you expected. The lack of feedback can cause you to fall off the track.

Or, even if you see results, you tend to slack on your routine because you get the feeling that you´ve achieved something and you deserve to ease back a little. That’s when you find yourself falling off the track and into your bad habits again.

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Why does that happen? Well, it comes down to these three things:

Mindset, Motivation, and Discipline.

In this post, I am going to share my favorite female fitness motivation quotes and inspiring stories of 8 real women, who are absolutely crushing it in their fitness journey despite their extremely busy life and hardships.


Why mindset, motivation, and discipline are important for reaching your fitness goals.

When you work hard on your fitness/weight loss goals, it’s easy to get burnt out. To avoid developing aversion and ending up drained, you need to understand what mindset, motivation, and discipline are and how can you leverage these to keep your enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle going strong when you find yourself falling off the track.


In general, mindset relates to brain processes, which are tied with motivated behavior. Positive attitude, or positive thinking, is a starting point for achieving your goals. 

When your mind is filled with positive thoughts and you steer your thinking towards what you want to achieve,  it will ultimately result in positive behaviors and outcomes.

Mindset fans the flames of your motivation. It gives life to your passions and fuels the knowledge that you can become the person who lives your dreams. 

James Anderson, mindfulbydesign.com



Motivation is the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. It is what causes you to act in a certain way. It may be your current mood or temporary feelings to start eating healthy and lose some weight because you want to fit in those jeans again.

Check out my 5 motivation tips to help you reach your fitness goals.

Motivation is something that nobody else can give you…it must come from inside you, and you must possess a constant desire to do your very best at all times and under any circumstance.

Joe DiMaggio

It gives you powers of focus and productivity. 

Because motivation isn’t infinite, make sure you use it when it is around. Take advantage of it when it strikes. 

In other words, motivation is an excitement that, apart from a real plan, will wear off very quickly.

And this is where discipline comes in to help you out.


Discipline means having to put in the work and fully commit to your end goal. Showing up for the workout even when you don’t want to or have the motivation.  Choosing healthier food over junk even if you crave it so badly.

Create discipline by forming a habit. A habit of exercising every morning for 20 minutes or taking the stairs instead of the lift. A habit of not buying junk food when grocery shopping.

Focus on forming habits, because, at some point, motivation and excitement will leave you. Click To Tweet

Real Female Fitness Motivation That Will Keep You Going

I have put together mindsets, ideas, and stories of a few inspiring women, that prove anything is possible with the right kind of attitude, motivation, and discipline.

I make it a commitment. It’s one of my non-negotiables, like sleeping or eating or showering. Even if it’s just five minutes of 50 squats, or 10 minutes of various body weight exercises, I try to do something six days a week for my body.

And I try to get in no fewer than three “good” workouts a week. But I started really small, with just 10 minutes a day, to build the habit and make it part of my daily routine.

Charlie Nichols 

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My reflection. Shallow, vain… Possibly? But, I have never, ever in my entire life felt attractive before. Now, I’m toned, hourglass figure. I look and feel amazing. I won’t let that go.

I want to carry on healing from my years being in a wheelchair (I was severely disabled, long story), my CPTSD (it’s getting better, to the point I can actually say I’m happy most days), and negativity. So, even with 3 kids, and everything I’ve got to do… Even when I’m knackered… I’m still turning up. 

Bambi Baird 

My children plus their distance learning, my job, everything ….all of that is my motivation. You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. Especially during this crazy time in life, self care is necessary!

Lindsay Megan 

When I carve out time for myself, I am a better mom. A better wife. A better employee. A better student. Yes I sleep less, and I am tired, but sleep too will come and fall into place. I workout for my family. And for me. My motivation sits within that. 

I work full time and have a 3.5 and 6.5 year old who were out of school from mid March to last week. I get up to work from 7 to 8 am, get the kids ready and drive them to school from 8 to 915. Start work again at 930. Leave to get them at 3, return home to begin work again at 4 to 6, while I load files during that time I prep dinner and let the kids have screen time.
I attend college part-time online.

My husband is gone 50 to 70 hours a week for work, which includes a lot of evenings and weekends. We dont have family close by to help.
And somehow, I find a will to find a way to workout 4 to 6 times a week for a total of 6 to 10 hours.

Alana Leigh 
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I have found that discipline is an essential tool as motivation waxes and wanes quite a bit for me. So this AM for example, my alarm at 5:30 went off and all I wanted was to stay in bed another hour, BUT I reminded myself I set this time aside for me and no one else is going to make me move towards my goal, only me.

Sometimes it’s really hard, but I try to remember my “Why” when my motivation is low and almost as if through a power greater than me, when I focus on that piece, my body gets moving. Give yourself time to cultivate a lifestyle change if lasting results is at least a part of your goal.

Marianne Jones 

 It’s a mindset. I am a BB coach and it just takes commitment and discipline. I have 4 children and work full time. My husband is an FDNY firefighter who works 24 hour shifts so I am alone at least half of every week.

I made up my mind that my health is key and the shakes and supplements I take which are all natural, keep me going. I haven’t missed a day of working out for the past 6 months. 

Tara Saggese Tarasi

A job that I loved and dreamed of since I was 5 (teaching) has been completely turned upside down and just…sucks. I’m also working 14 hour days rather than 10 (even on weekends). I have no thyroid, so energy is usually down, and I’m sometimes dealing with massive brain fog. Because of my job, I can’t keep up with cleaning house and just things are piling up (mostly laundry).

Honestly, the only thing that keeps me going is my work outs. I have this phrase on my wall ‘When all the world is chaos, at least I know my work out is my own.’ That gets me going. It’s my me time–my self care. And without it, I know my world would be a lot more chaotic than it is with it. 

Ally Nicole McGrath

I might be different from the norm but I had to realize that right now in this phase of my life working out might not be my top priority. It’s definitely high on the list and I make sure I get it done most days. But if there’s ever a day where we really had a bad night or I’m just exhausted, I rest.

Because ultimately my health is most important and if I’m overdoing it or forcing it or obsessing about it then it’s not healthy anymore. Find some time where it works for you and do what you have to to make it happen but again if you need to rest do that too!

Tara Hudak Striet 

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How To Develop Discipline in Fitness

Setting goals and creating a plan is simple. With motivation and excitement, getting started on those goals is easy and even fun!

Only if the motivation wasn’t temporary.

Basically any kind of success including reaching your fitness goals comes down to one thing: the art of discipline.

It’s an art because it takes time and practice to master.

  • Develop discipline by forming habits.
  • Master your why.
  • Create a routine and stick to it.
  • Eliminate excuses.

With these tools, you can be on your way to crushing your goals like a pro.

What is your “Why”? Let me know it the comments below!

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18 thoughts on “Real Female Fitness Motivation – 8 Stories That Will Inspire You To Workout

  1. I can definitely relate to Alana. Discipline and understanding you “why” is so important when establishing a fitness routine. Such a great article with great stories from real moms like me! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Working out is such a hard mental and physical challenge – but oh so worth it if you stick it out, as you note.

  3. Love these at stories! Making workouts non-negotiable is huge to just making yourself do it. That and just doing something for me are two of my biggest motivators. My biggest reasons are my kids (to show them a healthy lifestyle and love for fitness early on) and my own personal mental and physical health (being in shape and feeling good about myself).

    1. I totally agree, Stephanie!
      Kids are one of my biggest reasons as well and I am so happy when I see them copy me and follow.
      take care

  4. Im a runner and definitely agree to all of these, discipline is really important in whatever we do. On a day I dont feel like running, the more I encourage myself and the feeling is greater.

    1. Hey Jeannie, you are absolutely right! Motivation is great, but I have learned myself that it doesn’t last that long.
      All the best,

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