EDITORíS NOTE: Lydia Livingston, a senior at Waxahachie Global High, will be writing an ongoing column as she pursues her goals of becoming more physically fit.

This week I conquered the jump rope.

I didnít think I would accomplish it so quickly, but when I was given the choice of jump roping to 500 or jump roping until my aunt picked me up, I chose the 500.

It was by no means easy, but thatís how working out is at times.

My personal trainer, Daniel Ortiz, made a very valid point to me the other day when he said working out had to stay difficult. To progress in anything you do, you must push yourself and make yourself do things you donít necessarily want to do.

There have definitely been times when I would rather be anywhere but at the Lordís Gym in Waxahachie, which is where I work out, but I still went.

Also, when we go to the gym, Daniel brought out this week that focusing on the task at hand is more important than any form of socializing.

The idea of working out with a friend isnít so bad, but before you do, think about whether they are going to be a distraction. Some people may not even realize they are socializing instead of working out, so hopefully this tip will help you.

Working out and changing for the healthier has made me a lot happier with myself. I can honestly say I never look back and think, ďMan, I wish I was still sedentary and lazy.Ē

Daniel Ortiz is based out of the Lordís Gym in Waxahachie. He also trains with Larry North. He can be reached via his website at www.daofreestyle.com.

Lydia Livingston is a senior at Waxahachie Global High School and a newsroom intern with the Daily Light. She is also a member of the Kernowstorm 94 Girls soccer team.