After visiting a couple of work out blogs for a few weeks, I finally decided that it might be a fun experience to track my progress and to have a history of everything I have done. I am hoping that once it hits December, I can actually see beneficial progress since it is currently only January. Also, this is probably the best way to obtain advice from others who have been doing this for a while and for me to disclose what I have learned and done throughout my own experiences.
First off, I just wanted to say that everyone has different interests and goals. Personally, my goal and interest is to become leaner and to continue to gradually increase my fitness level. Only you can decide what you want for yourself. Whether this may be to just maintain your current stage or to strive for more, you should be able to find motivation from within your own interests and goals to keep yourself from giving up. If you want something bad enough, you will go out of your way to accomplish it. There are plenty of people whose new year's resolution was to get in better shape, but are starting to drop out of the gym like flies. These are the people who do not want it bad enough to be able to find motivation and inspiration from their own personal goals. Your motivation is the spark to ignite that fire or drive to see better results. The grinding it out stage is always the worst part, but sticking through it and climbing that milestone will help you see what is brighter on the other side (success). Don't give up, motivate yourself, and motivate others! Your body can only do what your mind believes you can do. If you think you can't do it then your body won't be able to do it (it's like the placebo effect). Be optimistic and challenge yourself. You will be surprised at your results!
People who are out of shape or looking to get into shape are often scared of the gym. They are scared of being judged by others, but in reality, everyone is at the gym for the same purpose. Don't be self conscious of the fact that you may not be the strongest person or the fittest in the vicinity. Focus on your goal of improving because everyone else there is looking to improve themselves just like you are. Keep an open mind and be willing to absorb information that will help you become stronger, faster, leaner, bigger, or whatever your goal may be. Lastly, stay committed because results will only be seen and obtained through commitment!