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WILDWICCAT
Posts: 44
6/21/12 7:07 P

Very good idea about the spinning in water. I really don't have enough courage to be in a gym. Even when I was really thin, I refused to go. And it was a free membership. But I am just happy trying out new videos and such. I just found out from my doctor that I can no longer do high intensity aerobic activities. Which is bad because 2 of my videos are that. He said I shouldn't be out of breath and not be able to speak complete sentences at any point. I guess that is how doctors tell the people in lamen's terms these days. I just spent all day today and 1/2 the day yesterday in bed ill. I am happy for a new tomorrow to come. I have workouts overdo!

Thanks for the encouragment that even a bit will help. It is hard when people are cutting you down because of what you aren't doing instead of being positive like you are and focusing on the good of what you can do!!



MSMOSTIMPROVED
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6/21/12 8:24 A

I have the same problem but, I have gotten a lot better over the last 3 months by: (1) AM workout with no excuses. If I don't do it early, life will take over and it won't happen. (2) Find something you really like to do. I am taking a spinning class in a pool and it's really a lot of fun. It's also has set days I've committed to. (3) Daily reminder that a year ago I broke my ankle and I couldn't get around for 3 months. The longest most miserable months EVER. Each day I have breath in my body and the ability to walk out the door without crutches is a blessing and opportunity that should not be missed.

Now, go get movin' ! emoticon



ANARIE
Posts: 12,318
6/20/12 9:50 P

"I know I'm doing more harm than good at doing it this way."

Not true. Exercise is always good for you. Doing it more often would of course be better, but you're always doing yourself good whenever you do it.

As for how to motivate yourself, look at your own thread title in a different light. A streak is a good thing. Count your streaks and do what you can to keep them going. I stole an idea from another Sparker and started using my ticker for my streaks instead of my weight. I use the "days since" ticker option, and it motivates me because it's automatic, and if I don't exercise, I have to go back in and change it to reset the streak. It would take me almost as long to do that as to do my exercise!



WILDWICCAT
Posts: 44
6/20/12 12:21 P

Unfortunately, I have a pretty bad illness, so scheduling anything is really difficult. I am working up to waking up on time to my alarm clock, but some days I end up back in bed in severe pain. So I don't want to beat myself up for not being able to exercise on those days. I have a schedule set up in Spark Fitness and this way I can do them when I feel up to it on those days. Even with that, I miss days. The mornings seem to be better days for me, so I am going to focus on that. I'm starting slow. I don't want to overdo it and then be shot for the rest of the week. That happens alot. I am starting at 15 minutes a day 3x a week. I will be moving up to 20 minutes next week. I do strength on the days I don't do cardio. I know that doing strength after cardio is better, but I'll take what I can get at this point. I am down about 31 pounds so far. I was losing prior to joining Spark. But I have really been losing more with the nutrition tracker and working out. I also set aside 10 minutes each day for stretching (I do yoga), it helps really relax me and I can do it anytime of the day.



LAURENBNJ
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Posts: 170
6/20/12 12:21 P

Try the 10 Minute A Day Challenge. It will get you moving most days of the week - every week. You need to look at working out as a daily activity and not just something to do when you have time. Make yourself accountable. They have a goal of exercising 10 mintues/day for at least 5 days a week. You get a break, but a day long break, not an entire week. Also, exercising intermittently will decrease muscle mass. If you don't use your muscles regularly, you will start decreasing in muscle mass, burning less calories overall. Keep in mind that retaining that muscle mass will allow you to burn more calories not just while working out, but all of the time!



AJAMARIEW
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6/20/12 12:04 P

Try scheduling your workouts. I find that when I document my workouts in my calendar i am held accountable and i attend 99% of those workouts. Also-try scheduling 3 15 minute workouts for a week. Then do 3 20 minute workouts, next week, then 3 25, so on and so forth.....I'm doing 6 30 minute workouts each week.



WILDWICCAT
Posts: 44
6/20/12 11:43 A

Thanks so much Spoork! You really inspired me and helped me with the articles. I am so not a morning person, but have been getting up with an alarm clock every morning now. I think I will just make it my routine to start right away by walking the dogs before it gets too hot out. Then do my regular cardio and strength every other day. I am far better at keeping with my strengthing workouts than cardio. I know I have to do it to lose the weight.



MAGTASTIC103
Posts: 395
6/19/12 12:32 P

Also, here are some great Spark articles. The first is about reasons to work out, the second is about working out in the morning.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1615


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=468




MAGTASTIC103
Posts: 395
6/19/12 12:26 P

Try something like the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge. It's only 10 minutes a day and gets you in the habit of exercising every day. You can gradually increase your exercise from there. Going along with what the previous posters have said...the challenge aspect will hold you accountable, and who can't schedule 10 minutes into their day? Do it first thing in the morning and then you're done and you don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day...also a great AM energy boost. Good luck!



MPLANE37
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6/19/12 12:18 P

Accountability is important. I had a friend who made fun of me when I failed to show up for our scheduled run in the running tracks. I would make fun of him too if he failed. Unfortunately now we live in very different parts of the world, and I must say that I miss that kind of partnership. It worked for me so well that I showed up 90% of the time, and I hit an all time low weight of my adult life because of having such a friend.

If all else fails, post in facebook that you will exercise at a certain time of a certain date. That should keep you accountable.



TISTEN23
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6/19/12 11:52 A

I agree with Spoork....you need to make it a priority, not a "if i have time....". Wake up, eat something, workout and start your day. It will give you the energy you need to get through the day!!! In a few days you will see the difference and start feeling better and you wont want to miss it!!! I am at a point where if I dont do SOMETHING, then my whole day is just off and doesnt feel right, i am sleepy and lazy all day!!! Get movin!!!



SPOORK
Posts: 1,193
6/19/12 11:45 A

Make exercising a non-negotiable appointment. Schedule it into your week for X amount of days at X time. You don't skip work or miss a client meeting just because you just don't want to go correct?

If you can't motivate yourself to exercise regularly to lose weight at least find some motivation to do so for your general health. Exercise isn't necessary to lose weight. However, regular exercise is a very important component to being healthy.

Edited by: SPOORK at: 6/19/2012 (11:45)


WILDWICCAT
Posts: 44
6/19/12 11:32 A

I tend to exercise in streaks. I will do for about a week, then I lack off and don't do it for a week. I know I'm doing more harm than good at doing it this way. Is there any advice to just getting up and doing it besides the overall goal of losing weight? I have a lot that I'm trying to lose and diet alone isn't getting the weight off fast enough. I'm losing some, just not enough.



 
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