tough_woman   Do you know the author of this quote?  
"A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
  Bonus points for you if you got that. It's a very true statement.   The exercise version is:   "I was doing really well until _______."    You can fill in that blank with got sick, injured, married, divorced, pregnant, won the lottery, changed jobs, etc...   They are all be valid excuses, but still they are excuses. I always say:   "You have to be mentally strong to get physically fit."    Here are 5 ways to get mentally tougher.  
1. Learn to handle stress properly.
A recent survey said that in a group of 681 women 93% listed their stress levels at moderate to high. Stress can make you fat, sick, old, and cause you to die early. Not good.   Have you ever heard of the Stew and Chew response to stress? People get really upset then start eating or drinking to deal with stress. Not the best way.   Exercise is great for stress relief, music is another one, or hanging out with your pets can help you to de-stress. Here's another quote for you.   "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."   Any clue where that comes from?   2. Balance caring for yourself with caring for others.   This is a HUGE one for women. What happens to everybody else when something happens to you? There are certain things you have to do, but you gotta find YOU time to stay sane. You are not being selfish by taking time away from your family by exercising. You are doing this for them in the end.   3. Do the work it takes to achieve your goals.   This goes back to, how bad do you want it? Quote time:  
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and get to work." 
  4. Anticipate and be able to handle the challenges that will come up.   What happens if your car breaks down? Don't have anybody to watch the kids? you have to travel? There is a zombie apocalypse? Get a plan! Have a go to workout you can do any time, any where. Plan out eating strategies that you can easily execute.   "Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail."   5. Get yourself back on track after you get stuck.   This is a tough one, but the most important one. You gotta get back on that mule that kicked you! What will you do if you can't ride your mule anymore?   Giving up is not an option. It is not a big deal if you make a mistake. Just throw yourself back into the mix and get back with the program. All will be fine if you just keep coming back.   "Don't let a slip become a fall."