There are ups and downs in a fitness journey, just like there are in any journey. You just have to keep going. Sometimes you are on an uphill climb, and sometimes you are cruising. Some days you can't wait to train, and other days it's a grind. That's why I love running. It's good for your mind to keep pushing through those mental barriers. It keeps you living on the edge of your comfort zone and it carries over into everything you do in your life. That's why training and nutrition are so important to me. The better your nutrition, the more energy you have to train. The more you train, the better you feel. The days when I feel the best are the days I train twice a day.
Training gives me the energy I need to do all the things I do in my life, and I get to share that energy with other people too because they can feel it. Once you have picked yourself up, other people can feel it and they naturally come up too. The opposite works the same way - negativity becomes a magnet for negativity. Working out makes me feel like a beast, and then I am happier for the rest of the day.
The body is a vehicle for creating desired mental states, and physical training (along with meditation) are the best tools I have found to keep myself happy. Training and nutrition are the backbone of everything I do. They structure my day. They structure my whole life. My life revolves around getting proper training and nutrition, as it should. I feel the best I have ever felt, and that is why.
Routines are an essential ingredient of proper training and nutrition. You are what you repeatedly do. That's why I have routines for everything I do: training, getting groceries, cooking, meditating, reading, writing, playing guitar. If you want to do a lot of things and do them well, you must have routines. You will notice that your routines evolve as you evolve. Quitting bad habits and starting good ones is really just changing your routines. That's all there is to it. They say that routines are the sign of an ambitious person. I believe that to be true.