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BRAVELUTE Posts: 3,950
6/12/13 9:10 P

I get up and get on the scale. I know where i want to be and my workouts help me to become that healthy me I want to be. They are helping me to be healthy right now!! I figure that will work once I get to maintenance, too, except then I will be working to stay in range, to maintain my health.

And if that hasn't done the trick, I look at myself in the mirror and say, "You know you really didn't like the alternative. Let's go!!"

For those of you who don't know me, that means I didn't much care for being unhealthy. And don't want to be again. And that idea is so strong, I've only had to have that discussion with myself just once.

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CYND59 Posts: 7,691
6/12/13 8:23 P

I get up and exercise early so I do not have time to talk myself out of it!

"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you."
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6/12/13 8:07 P

I look in the mirror.....

�Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you�
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6/12/13 5:59 P

~ I think about being too fat for all my clothes and not wanting to go back to that
~ I LOVE to be able to add exercise to my Fitness Tracker first thing in the morning
~ I have really started seeing definition in my body, that really motivates me. It took some time, but now that it's there, I don't want to lose it.
~ Also, I fight depression, and working out helps so much with that.

Today's excuses are tomorrow's regrets dressed in disguise.

If you eat crap, you feel like crap and that makes you want more crap.
LADYCROFT7 SparkPoints: (19,357)
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6/12/13 3:16 P

Besides my sister/ workout partner?
First - I don't go home before going to the gym because I know if I do I won't go but if go straight from work I am still engerized enough to go.
Second - For the days I don't have to work, I tightened my summer budget and got a personal trainer, I hate cancelling on people so Rian helps keeps me honest.
Third - I registered for a 5k on July 3rd. I had already begun the 8wk SP program and the run fell right at the end of that 8wks so it was perfect placement and keeps me honest because I'll be highly PO'd at myself if I can't complete the run because I was laxidazical.

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6/12/13 3:06 P

Look back at the last three weeks and see how I got results.


Teresa

Every choice you make has an end result. ~Zig Ziglar

Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~George Bernard Shaw

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a persons physical, emotional, and mental states. ~Carol Welch



KNUCKLES145 Posts: 13,717
6/12/13 3:04 P

wasn't able to do it today. just too tired

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ELMA1913 Posts: 5,051
6/12/13 3:01 P

By putting on my jeans.....

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6/12/13 2:54 P

I know to get healthier I must move and on a schedule. Working out at home did not work for me but going to the gym very close to my home was a godsend. I start with 30 minutes, and if I'm too tired I go home, and go back for 30 minutes more. I must say that I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. ALSO I HAVE A FULL LENGTH MIRROR FLOOR TO CEILING AND I LOOK AT MY BODY NAKED!! ITS NOT A PRETTY SIGHT SO THAT'S MY REAL MOTIVATION.

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DIVA711 Posts: 319
6/12/13 12:40 P

I keep a picture of me at my heaviest (naked) in my room. I do not ever want to go back there.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
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YBROWNING40 Posts: 983
6/12/13 12:39 P

I was able to fit into a pair of jeans that were too small last week, that is motivation enough... emoticon

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RIADIAB Posts: 4
6/12/13 12:36 P

I was heading into Diabetes Type II at age 52, my Doctor said I was pre-diabetic and then in a matter of 8 weeks called me a well controlled diabetic.

This news instead of devestating me, got me very angry and in an immediate denial that I had or have Diabetes Type II.

I was 227 pounds at 5'7" and I am now 165 pounds, and I have lost about 4 clothing sizes and feel the best I have in a very long time. My Motivation is from within me, and I am committed never to get a disease I can prevent. I have my Doctor in agreement that I never really was a well controlled diabetic, she was just trying to scare me?

I joined WW at the right time for me, and have found the Lifestyle change that is stressed with the Points Plus program is one of the most honest approaches to a weight loss program for sale.

I was a subscriber to WW E-Tools, and I also am paying for my College age Daughter who came home from school with about 90 pounds gained ! I trust the WW way and she relies on the computer more than me.

The onset of my middle age years is healthy and my colesterol and Heart are in the best shape they have been in for about 20 years. I feel 10 years younger, take a look at my picture in the blue and white dress on my spark page.

We need to be in it for ourselves and ourselves only.

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SKINNYNINNY25 SparkPoints: (7,345)
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6/12/13 12:19 P

I get motivated to workout by reminding myself that I have to put the effort in to get healthy, because I put effort into gaining weight. It's a lot easier to gain than to lose, but losing feels so much better. I love how I feel after a good workout when I'm all sweaty and gross. I think, damn, I accomplished something in the gym and I pushed myself to run farther and lift more that I really thought I could. Working out gives me confidence in myself. emoticon

BARBWMS Posts: 1,263
6/12/13 11:24 A

I stay motivated by thinking about my granddaughter.. she's going to be 1 next week.. and I want to be around and healthy to play with her for a long time!

And by thinking of the results I've already had and how good it feels to not look fat!

And although it doesn't always feel good while I'm working out, it feels wonderful when I'm done! I sleep better, hurt less.

Life is good!

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WENWIN Posts: 1,929
6/12/13 11:20 A

OK...so I am not a runner although the rest of my family is pretty good at it. That in itself might encourage some but not me. I have always said that there has to be someone there to cheer,
Well, I am now doing some running along with walking fast and have really seen this kick up my weight loss...this along with things starting to feel looser is a great motivator. I still hate to be out where my neighbors can see me but I am gradually getting over this.
Oh yes, the nicer weather helps!

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6/12/13 10:42 A

I think about how easily this added weight has crept upon me. I didn't even notice it, and I didn't see a problem with my lifestyle and eating habits. All of that considered, I figure in order to get the weight off I have to do something that I will notice-exercise. I have to put in the effort. I console myself with the assurance that it is not a punishment, but rather, something to make me a better person. It's all for my benefit. Its hard work most times, but it can also be fun. I try to make exercise fun. I give that extra 110% ! I smile while I workout (this really takes effort!!) because I find that when I'm smiling I feel better. I'm trying to trick my brain into thinking this is something I really like, genuinely. This helps me, then I put on my workout clothes, and just start moving. After I'm moving...I feel like pumping up the pace.

DIETER27 Posts: 6,685
6/12/13 10:35 A

I remind myself how good I feel after I workout and it has helped with my pain levels so I keep pushing!

HOLLYM48 SparkPoints: (155,151)
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6/12/13 10:15 A

I think about how good I feel when I am done and put on my workout clothes and tell myself to get going! It works.

I can do it!!
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6/12/13 10:03 A

I, too, absolutely hate exercise and would rather do just about anything else. BUT, I decided to do a Spark Streak and put it out on my blog that I was starting the streak and would record what I did and that motivated me because I couldn't stand to say that I failed. I ended up doing 62 days straight before I finally took a day off due to a family emergency. Since then, though, I've not been able to get back to it. So, I think it's time to put it back out there as I know the exercise is the best thing right now.

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JLEMUS1 Posts: 4,054
6/12/13 10:00 A

I look at my old picture!! emoticon

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LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 707
6/12/13 9:36 A

When I lay in bed in the morning, I "feel thinner" I feel like doing Jillian every day makes me a little thinner each day. Telling myself this is the motivation I need to keep getting up and doing the DVDs daily.

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6/12/13 9:31 A

I have the same problem. I can talk myself out of excercise easily. But I brought weights to the office and if I start to feel like I don't want to go workout I try to fit excercise in my office - it also releives stress and when working on a particularly complex issue, excercise release endorphins and in minutes my brain frees up and I resolve the issue. Don't use just 5# weights, go 7-15# dumb bells, you want to do many reps until almost failure. Believe me, I feel awesome after I do this!!

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6/12/13 9:31 A

I couldn't really tell you how I motivate myself, because even after a year, I don't really enjoy exercise. I force myself to do it, because it has worked for me, and I have seen the results in my weight and my body. I do feel better because of it, and feel pretty good from endorphins when I am done. I do find that music always helps me get through my workout, so I always pick something I know I will enjoy to listen too. Oftentimes, a caffeine boost right beforehand also gives me that extra kick I need. But it isn't easy...

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6/12/13 9:08 A

just do it

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FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,060
6/12/13 9:02 A

From February 2012 to January 2013, I was in the good habit 4-5 days per week of walking at lunch. It is almost 2 miles inside our garage from bottom to top to bottom again. I do that then walk to my building and sprint up the stairs to my desk. That makes up the rest of the 2 miles.

Then in January 2013, I had work-related things get in my way and I really did not want to walk at 1pm then eat. So, I slacked off and EVERYTHING became an excuse. Then I went to my doctor and discovered my A1C went up to pre-diabetic again after I got it down. My total cholesterol also went up from 150-180. My weight went up 2-3 pounds as well.

What I do now is just make myself do it. If the weather is nice, it is easy. But if it is hot and humid or rainy, boy do I not want to.

Sometimes you just gotta do it. Once you see regular results, by then, it will be a habit.

I also agree with AZULVIOLETA6, you're an adult, knock it off!

Edited by: FEDGIRL4 at: 6/12/2013 (09:04)
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MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,672)
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6/12/13 8:57 A

I always try to picture myself how I want to look or think about how whatever I am doing is helping a certain body part. This pushes me continue because I want the results!

JUULEE SparkPoints: (7,178)
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6/12/13 8:54 A

I say to myself I want to be toned and slim to wear my new clothes and look fantastic!!

Unfortunately my brain comes back with "yeah...but you don't have to exercise today then do you!". Brain wins every time.....

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THROOPER62 Posts: 20,415
6/12/13 5:37 A

I motivate myself to workout, so I don't turn in to a cranky old ?????

JOE14250 Posts: 191
6/12/13 5:20 A

I try to motivate myself to workout by making myself earn a piece of fitness equipment or a fitness related gadget, like a fitbit my current one. Now that I have one and use one, I am earning Flex bands that are more colorful than the black one that came with it. I have done this over the years. It is a bit of mental discipline. It adds expectation and variety to the work out sometimes. etc.

I also consciously look for role models to imitate in some way who have been able to maintain their fitness and are at the next stage of life. Older guys some how. There was a pharmacist at the Gold's gym who was friendly and about 7 years my senior who fit the bill for a while.

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SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (48,858)
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6/12/13 1:36 A

I know that it has to just be a part of my routine. Sometimes I need to force myself, but always am glad I did.

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6/12/13 12:57 A

I joined the YWCA and started taking water exercises classes about a year ago. I love it so much I hardly ever miss (I go 4-5 days/week.) It's the only exercise program I've EVER been able to stick with. I do water walking, water jogging, water aerobics, water strength training, and aqua zumba.

RUBENB2003 Posts: 12,539
6/12/13 12:23 A

I just keep doing it and get into the habit.

HICKORYRN Posts: 277
6/12/13 12:05 A

I am totally unmotivated. I just get in the car and go regardless.

Time passes either way! I choose to look back one day and be happy I took charge of my mouth instead of looking in the mirror and wishing I had!
8MOREB4 Posts: 881
6/12/13 12:03 A

I don't seem to be very good at motivating mysel.

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TONYAB2000 Posts: 1,259
6/11/13 11:09 P

I think about how amazing I feel after a really good workout. Sure, I'm tired but I'm also so exhilarated! Also, I remind myself how much progress I have already made and if I want to continue making progress, I have to get up and get moving!

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6/11/13 7:40 P

I am one of those people who can easily find an excuse for not working out.. . . until I discovered Rebounding! This is jumping on a small trampoline in my basement while I watch TV or listen to something. Rebounding makes me feel so very good, and it is very healthy for you as well. Think of those baby bouncers - who doesn't love to bounce? It's a great thing to do - here is just one article on rebounding. I started rebounding recently even soon after foot surgery - it is that body friendly. No shin splints...no knee pain....just healthy benefits.
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3_ways.htm
So I motivate myself by knowing the joy of rebounding AND knowing I am doing things to reach my goal.

SUGAR0814 Posts: 4,806
6/11/13 6:32 P

I think about how good I feel afterwards!

*Smooches*

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KNITWEAVE Posts: 26
6/11/13 6:16 P

I have been playing Wii Tennis for about a month now and loving it. I have also started using the Wii My Fitness Coach...it was just what I needed at this time. I'm getting used to a routine of working out and just moving more. It seems to be working, because I'm enjoying myself.

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6/11/13 5:49 P

I have a talk with myself. I say::::::" I want to get my bad cholesterol down and my good cholesterol up." " I want to get stronger and be able to do more in life." I say "If I don't exercise I might make myself plateau". I say, "You know you feel good about yourself after exercising.

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6/11/13 5:10 P

Oh, another thing...scheduling.

I have always heard that you are "supposed" to work out in the morning, but I am not a morning person, and I had a hard time sticking to that. What does work for me is to exercise right after work and to have a light dinner later. You have to find something that works with your own body rythms.

Also, I make a weekly exercise plan. I print out my calendar each week from Outlook, then I take a brightly-colored pen (pink, in my case) and write down what kind of exercise I am going to do, at what time, for each day of the week. Then I hang that up where I can see it all day and stick with it!

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6/11/13 4:58 P

I gained most of my weight (80 pounds) because of a serious medical problem. This disease that I have (pan hypo-pituitarism, pituitary failure) also causes extreme fatigue (I was bed-ridden for a long time) and muscle loss. As soon as I started getting treatment, I knew that I had to get back to exercising if I wanted to fully recover. So at 300 pounds, I started going to the pool.

My deal with myself was I had to GET THERE three times a week. Once I got there, I did as much as I could on any given day. I would reward myself with a small, nonfat mocha. Of course food rewards are bad, but I needed the extra energy and that is what it took for me to get going at that point.

Once I had that down (it takes about three weeks to form a new habit...if you can force yourself to do it for that long, you will probably stick with it after that) I set distance goals, then speed goals. When I started, it took me more than an hour to swim half a mile; today, I can swim a whole mile in about 35 minutes.

Later, a new gym opened in my area and I was able to set a higher goal: exercise 6 days a week. I started weaning myself off of the mochas at that point. :) I love music, so I started buying myself songs on iTunes for meeting small fitness goals. Actually, being able to listen to music while I work out is a HUGE motivator, since it is my only un-interrupted listening time during the day.

Then I discovered Zumba, which was great for me, since at the time I was living in a place with no Latin dancing and I missed that terribly. Having a very hot Zumba instructor who befriended me didn't hurt either...I raised the intensity of my other workouts so that I could perform better for my Zumba classes. Dancing in front of a mirror for the first time in years was a big motivator! When I first started Zumba, I couldn't do anything that involved jumping...now I get more air than most instructors.

So I guess the lessons are to build new habits, to gradually increase what you are doing, to set concrete goals and to find exercises that you enjoy.

Personally, I am very thankful to be ABLE to move, since I really could not exercise at all for so long. I do not take it for granted. At this point, I really am an exercise addict. If you stick with it for long enough, you will begin to love the endorphins and how much better you feel and look BECAUSE you exercise and take care of yourself.

P.S. Stop making excuses. You are an adult--just knock it off!

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6/11/13 3:53 P

find an accountability buddy.

ELLE_XXX Posts: 229
6/11/13 3:42 P

By getting dressed to workout shoes as soon as I get up or as soon as I get home from work when I have morning shift.
It turns the "excuse" switch off in my mind.
I call this "get dressed for succes" emoticon

Edited by: ELLE_XXX at: 6/11/2013 (15:43)
KENAMORA SparkPoints: (106,000)
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6/11/13 3:40 P

By thinking that I'll never regret a workout, while I'll always feel bad by not sticking to the program.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 13,717
6/11/13 3:39 P

with difficulty.

the easiest way is to meet a friend for walking. (doesn't always work but does help)

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MARF226 Posts: 133
6/11/13 3:39 P

Getting going is always the hardest part. Find something you enjoy doing. If you really don't like an activity, it will always be a struggle and there will always be excuses. I enjoy doing a lot of different activities so on the days I don't feel like running, I can swim or go to Zumba or yoga. Maybe do some hula hooping or even just go for a walk around the block. Usually (but maybe not always) some sort of activity sounds like fun. And don't forget 10 minutes is better than nothing!!

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6/11/13 3:01 P

I start by saying, "I'll just go for a short walk today." Then once I get going, I usually want to keep going. So instead of walking 2 miles, I've walked 4. Same idea as "I'll just walk until it's 8:00", may turn into 8:30...
:)

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6/11/13 3:00 P

It may seem extreme to some, but I got a monthly membership at my local Bikram yoga studio. If I don't go at least 3 times a week, I'm basically wasting my money (could do a class card instead for less) so I go so I don't feel guilty about that.

Other than that, I found a hike/bike trail in the area that allows dogs to be leash free. So at least once a week I take my dog out there with me and hike about an hour or so. It's fun to watch him play with all the other dogs, and hiking is a great calorie burn, more than just taking him for a walk through the neighborhood.

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6/11/13 2:34 P

I have the ordeal as well. It's always "too hot", "too cold", I have too much else to do, I have a headache, it's that time of the month, etc. I really have had (and still have) to be consciencious about exercising (and lack thereof).

For me, I had to find things that were realistic for me to be able to do. I live 45 minutes away from a gym (podunk). The gym is not a realistic for me. I live on a road that is decent for running/walking, and I have the internet now (used to not), so I can do the Spark Videos or some of the fitness videos from youtube. I try to keep a variety of things that I can do. I like to keep it to something I can do in about a half hour usually. By the time you get into it good, it's half over (and telling myself that helps). Being able to look at the clock and say...it's 7:25 pm, if I just do this, by 8:00, it will be over. Have a simple routine of stuff/video that you do, do it, and be done with it. It doesn't have to be something you really like that much. Just something your body needs, so you need to do it.

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6/11/13 11:18 A

I am the person who really does not like to workout and if the opportunity presents itself I can easily make an excuse as to why I should not go to the gym today. What has worked for you?

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