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KPA1B2 Posts: 782
8/5/13 7:06 P

I have the same problem. Even though my doctor has told me to walk every day, I'm not overly motivated to do it. I will admit that once I get on a roll it's much easier, but if/when I miss a day, it's really hard to do it again the next day.

MANDYBROWN85 SparkPoints: (4,658)
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8/5/13 6:53 P

I have been there, and that's when I watched the documentary "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead " . He went on a juicing fast for 60 days, and really benefited from it lost weight and felt better. I started from there, bought a juicer and did it for about 7 days. I'm not telling you to start juicing, but I think you need to find something for you that you really enjoy, whether its riding a bike, swimming, going for a walk, even dancing to your favorite music. Making little changes like not eating after a certain time and drinking more water is one step closer to becoming healthier. Then of course there is always the support from your spark friends. Good luck!!

JOGSWITHDOGS SparkPoints: (178,998)
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8/5/13 6:43 P

I agree with most of the posters here, that it's mostly a case of starting small and building from there. You have fallen out of the habit of exercising, so now you have to restart that habit. The 10 min SP videos are a good place to start.
Nobody said this would be easy. But you have to believe that it's worth it. Hang in there.

AMILNEFLIP Posts: 1,559
8/5/13 5:52 P

I am in the same boat. I used to be addicted to exercise, then I slowly got out of the habit and now I can seem to get motivated to get back into a regular routine. I keep trying to do little by little and hope that once I start seeing results again and start feeling better it will get me more in the mood to keep at it on a regular basis.

Hang in there. We can call do it together with the help of SP!!!

HDAY777 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/5/13 3:54 P

I realize it's been a few months since the last post on this thread. I desperately needed to read this post and all of the responses. My brain keeps getting in the way and I can come up with an infinite number of excuses when it comes time to exercise... even for 10 minutes. Part of me (a big part) doesn't believe it'll do any good and it's a waste of time. I've had such a huge struggle with losing weight in the past that I don't have a lot of faith that I can do it.

I plan to get more active on these boards so I am connected to others fighting the same battle. Thanks again for the post and responses.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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3/24/13 9:06 A

Yup, start slow. Just that you were willing to post here about it suggests you really do want to get back to it on some level, right? If you didn't, you wouldn't have bothered. So commit only to the smallest chunk of exercise you can do *right now*, whenever you think about it. Resist the mentality that says that since you didn't exercise for X number of days, you need to work X times as hard for the next two weeks to "catch up". You can't catch up and shouldn't try, what you do is just forget about the past, forget about the future, and just do whatever you can do for right now, however small. Most likely you will slowly (or not so slowly) get back to doing what you need to do again.

JUBILANT_SLEEP SparkPoints: (6,507)
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3/23/13 2:21 P

Think of all you have to gain from it! I was pretty in shape last year but I fell off pretty bad and started eating bad and drinking alcohol to deal with stress at work. Needless to say I stopped exercising too. Every day I came up with some excuse to justify my not exercising until I stopped altogether.

A few days ago I had an epiphany. I couldn't fit my work skirt that I was wearing to a job interview! I had no idea it had gotten so bad!

Well, sister, I turned on the exercise and the diet and turned off the alcohol and I am DEFINITELY not turning back.

What motivates me is feeling healthy and happy with the way I look. It's easy to ignore the ice cream and the fast food when I think of the "ideal me" I used to be in college. I know she's in there and I want her back!

Imagine the "ideal you" every time you excuse yourself from exercising or pick up something you know you shouldn't eat. You'd be surprised how well that works.

3/23/13 8:41 A

I am right there with you!! I lost over 50lbs with SP and have gained at least 15 back!! But we have to do this for us and our kids. I am also mom to a 5 yr old active boy. And I feel best when I can be active and have fun with him. Stop and really think about what motivates you and then do one small thing at a time. I will friend you and maybe we can climb this hill together? We can do it!!!

TAMSENMC SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/13 1:50 A

Sometimes to get started, you just have to do something, anything, and you can find the motivation. Maybe try to going for a 10 minute walk, or do 10 minutes of jumping jacks. Just try something small and maybe that will get you motivated to do a little more or take a break and then do it again.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
3/23/13 12:57 A

Start slow. Even if you've been doing well before, once you "fall off" sometimes taking it slow again is the best way to get back on it. I find that when I find myself off track, trying to go at the full force that I was going before getting off track seems like too much, and I tend to lose it after a day or two, even though the pattern I established before was consistent.

The whole month of March up until last Sunday had been pretty terrible for me. I would leave stuff out, or just not measure my food. I reset my page like 5 times and then I'd do it again. I finally had had enough, and reset my page for the last time last Sunday, and vowed to count and write everything down no matter what the damage. I have only managed to stay within calorie range 2 days since then, but I consider it a success because I'm taking a step in the right direction. I also hadn't gone to the gym in quite some time, but today I just made myself. I really didn't want to, and I had to beg myself and remind myself of how good I always feel after exercising. Even if it's a 20 minute walk, it's worth it, and you'll feel a lot better. The hardest part is facing that "suck it up" feeling, and doing it. I guess that's also the feeling of swallowing my pride.

You can do it!

BROOKESMOMMY18 SparkPoints: (507)
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3/23/13 12:17 A

I stopped exercising and now I cant find the motivation to go back to it bc I eat alll the time help me.

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