Both posters have excellent suggestions. Here is the thing. You will never do it unless you choose to. You can tell yourself everything you want, but you will never succeed unless you do it. I liken it to a drug addict. Sometimes they KNOW they need help, they WANT to quit, but they just don't. It doesn't matter what happens, but until they say, "I'm done, I'm not doing this anymore." They don't succeed.
For me, I was SO tired of my size, of being tired, and it was a vicious cycle. I slept past any workout time because I was out of shape and overweight. I continued to eat terribly because I wasn't working out. Finally, it clicked. I was just done. I'm not saying I haven't had days where I still eat terribly (I do) and I am not saying that I don't have days where I miss a workout (I do) but I don't let it derail me anymore, and my goals are still in place. I am better more than I am "bad."
Start with something small. Walking or a workout video that you think you would like. Do you like to dance? Get a dance aerobics video. Like to lift weights? Get a kettlebell workout video (one of my faves) like kickboxing or that type of thing? Get one of those! More intersted in trying yoga or pilates, get into it!!!
After 1 week of making healthy changes (to your diet and exercise) you will start looking forward to it, because you will feel better. Then, after a month, you might not want to miss it at all!!!
I had to change my attitude about exercise. First I found something I liked to do which was huge, but even if you don't find something you love, you absolutely have it in you to go and work out on a schedule.
The same way you have it in you to get to your job on schedule. I don't know about you, but I don't like going to work every day. There are a lot of things I'd rather do during the day, but my boss wouldn't like it so much. I go to work because I like the paycheck. Don't get me wrong, I like my coworkers and I like what I do, but I hate getting up and getting to work.
I'm also not fond of vacuuming. Or washing dishes. But I have to do these things.
I started looking at working out the same way. Sure, I like a paycheck. I like clean dishes and a pet hair free floor (for about 5 minutes). But all of that is pretty pointless if I don't live to enjoy it.
Now working out is just one more thing that I have to do. It's on my schedule and it's as important as anything else in my life, if not more.
There are lots of resources available with suggestions. Here are just a few of mine.
Make sure you stay as much as possible on the same schedule whether you are working or not...it's easier to get up at the same time every day than to keep making adjustments. If the snooze button is a temptation, put a loud alarm well across the room, so you have to get up to turn it off.
Do you like to exercise first thing when you rise? Coach Nicole actually admitted in a blog that in winter, when it's cold and dark, she sleeps in the basic exercise layer she wears so she doesn't have to get cold to get going. She adds the pieces she needs to go out. It's summer, so that's not going to work, but putting your workout duds right by the (now distant) alarm might motivate you.
Do you have a buddy who would make you accountable? someone you trust...if you make a mutual commitment to meet for exercise at x time every day, you'll both benefit and because you are counting on each other, that may motivate you.
Obviously (and this is in all the articles) pick something you like doing. I can't ever get motivated to go swimming, for instance, b/c I hate chlorinated pools. My dogs make me go out for walks--and that's where my daily routine starts.
Don't try to make too many changes all at once.
...and (last bit, I promise) don't make the scale your only motivation/measure. One of my buddies is losing inches, but the scale hasn't budged. Her pants are falling off, though. Look for different, varied ways to assess your progress--and ONE OF THE BEST is to give yourself daily, visible credit for doing healthy things b/c if you get the process in place you WILL get results.
I'm new to SparkPeople and I hate asking for help (1 of my bigger problems) but here goes. I just can't get going on this program or any program. I work 4 nights a week (4 pm-2 am). I never really HAVE to be anywhere in the morning. I set my alarm but keep hitting snooze. On average, I'm sleeping 10 hours a nights. I'm getting no exercise and my eating could definitely improve. I know the scale should be enough motivation but I don't know what's blocking me. Does anybody have any tips on what to do to get an exercise plan going? I know once I get it going I can stick with it.
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