Fitness goals are shaped around "whys." We want to fit into a smaller pair of pants, improve our chances of living a long life, or finally be able to climb that hill without getting winded. We want to improve health, build confidence, or simply have more fun every day.
If you're struggling to see progress with your fitness goals, ask yourself if you are connecting with the right "why." Do you still care about fitting into those pants, or are you now more concerned about lowering your cholesterol? Both of these reasons may cause the same result — losing weight — but they are driven by different motivating factors. While you may have been motivated by the thought of smaller pants six months ago, a lot can change in six months, and your motivations may now be different.
Eight months later, are the dreams, desires, and outcomes you decided on in January still motivating? If you throw your alarm clock across the room every time you need to wake up for your morning swim, ask yourself if there are tweaks you can make to your activity or routine to re-spark your excitement for your goal and reconnect with your desires to be healthy.
Don't be afraid to make shifts in your goals to reflect your current needs. Constantly ask yourself "why," and be sure that your goals are aligned with the answer.
Take out a piece of paper and write down your current fitness goal. Underneath, list your "why" in as much detail as possible. If your "why" doesn't come to your mind instantly, it's a sign that you need to reconnect with your motivations and consider whether your desires have changed since the time you originally set the goal.