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8/9/12 7:45 A

I need this tattooed to arm some days. It is soooo True.

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8/9/12 7:44 A

Great Motivator!!! I so agree - you never regret doing the workout and once
you are through you feel so good about yourself. But you almost always
regret not doing it. I am going to remember this idea EVERY day! You have
motivated me!!!

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8/9/12 7:38 A

This is great! We all have those days where we think the same things. It's funny, just last week I was telling myself that my workout doesn't have to be over an hour. It always helps to have it reinforced by others for those times. Way to go!

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8/9/12 7:36 A

Seconds before I read this, I had just updated my status to:

SABLENESS woke up feeling totally unmotivated. Sometimes you just have to make good choices anyway and keep going.

Thanks for the reinforcement.

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8/9/12 7:36 A

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8/9/12 7:35 A

I have started using a bicycle to go on trips to the shops etc - then it doesn't feel like "working out" just doing things that need doing. I still feel great after a 5 mile round trip though - and love the fact I am saving money and doing less damage to the planet by not using my car! Worth considering - for winter I have lights, a hi-viz jacket and snug warm clothes so I still get my exercise (using safe paths/roads of course).

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8/9/12 7:33 A

This was awesome to read this morning as I get up to go for my morning walk. Thanks so much emoticon

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8/9/12 7:33 A

Tuesday I procrastinated from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on doing my swim workout but I finally did it and felt so much better!

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8/9/12 7:27 A

Amen! I wish i had read this yesterday, when I was looking for an excuse not to go to my step class....You are absolutely right about how those skipped workouts can "snowball"...
Thanks for sharing, glad you did it! emoticon

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8/9/12 7:25 A

Thank you for this! I've been feeling less motivated lately. I've found that it helps to switch up my exercises. If I do the same exercise for more than a week, my body starts hating it.

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8/9/12 7:19 A

I needed to read this today...thank you.

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8/9/12 7:19 A

You are so right. I did the same thing this morning. I was going to sleep in but decided that I would feel better if I got up and was able to log at least 30 minutes of fitness! We don't get points for sleep minutes, after all!!

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8/9/12 7:16 A

So right. It's fine, I can miss a workout, and before you know it, I have missed a month! If you move once, you will move again. What's the phrase, a body in motion tends to stay in motion!!
Happy Thursday!

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8/9/12 7:12 A

I agree with every word. Seeing the progress disappear is really painful, while workouts can be adjusted to my level of energy or sensitivities, rather than cancelled altogether.

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8/9/12 7:12 A

I was sitting in my desk chair not really wanting to put my running shoes on and get out the door this morning. I had already battled with myself to get out of bed. As I'm thinking, I could just put on a pot of coffee instead, this topic headline popped up in my email. I didn't read the post until I got home, but I feel so much better for having done it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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8/9/12 6:58 A

right on!

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8/9/12 6:51 A

Your message is spot on! Thanks for the motivation.

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8/9/12 6:47 A

Easier said than done. Make it a habit

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8/9/12 6:41 A

This post is just what I needed to read. Too many excuses to not exercise this week - some of which were entirely valid. Now it's time to get back in the saddle again. Thanks everyone!

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8/9/12 6:38 A

Great post!!! Thanks for sharing! It is true, push yourself and you will never regret it :)

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8/9/12 6:27 A

I walk everyday

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8/9/12 6:27 A

I have been doing this all week! Coming up with an excuse of not working out, and yes, everyday I regret it!! Tonight after work I WILL go! Yesterday I said Today.....and Today is here!! Thanks!! Have a great day everyone!!

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8/9/12 6:04 A

I feel the exact same way you do! The YMCA is literally 5 minutes away from my job. I pack my gym bag at night and put it in the passenger seat so I won't have any excuse to go back to my house! Still within that 5 minutes I have to take on that "I think I can" attitude to make it there! Once I get there and get it done, I am OH SO GLAD THAT I DID! emoticon

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8/9/12 6:03 A

Glad you pushed yourself to workout, and your blog just pushed me to work out, thanks for the PUSH! emoticon

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8/9/12 5:47 A

Oh.. You couldn't be more right!

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8/9/12 5:42 A

So glad you decided to work out any way !!
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8/9/12 5:38 A

Agree about not regretting a workout!

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8/9/12 5:26 A

I have been taking gentle walks instead.

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8/9/12 5:24 A

Right there with you on the joint pains EOWYN, have been having a terrible RA flareup that's just starting to die down and have been stressed that I haven't been able to exercise.

I still can't manage the 30min sessions I was doing before my flareup but I have started doing 10 minutes at a time and feeling really good about that. It might not seem much to fit and healthy people that can run for hours but it feels like a big achievement to me . emoticon

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8/9/12 4:58 A

I may have to take a break becoz my whole body really aches!

It's so hard for me even to get in and out of the car! My joints aches so bad!

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8/9/12 4:47 A

Very true is the saying: Use it or lose it. It includes motivation too.

I've been back from a holiday for 4 weeks now and it's a real effort to workout each day.


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7/25/12 4:54 A

Gotta keep the momentum going. Sorry this isn't a Nike ad, but Just Do It!

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7/25/12 2:43 A

Yes!! Absolutely!

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7/25/12 1:23 A

It's funny, once you start working out, you can't stop.

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7/24/12 11:34 P

Today was a "not feeling it" kind of day for me. I followed the spark advice to just work out 10 minutes and today it did spark me on to do more which led to a much more fruitful day all around.

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7/24/12 11:32 P

Yes...! Good Advice

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7/24/12 11:29 P

so true!!!!

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7/24/12 8:35 P

Agreed. There are some days when my muscles or joints hurt or I'm uninspired. Some days it's hard to face working out in the heat or the cold, as the case may be.

I always give myself permission to just do it - but not necessarily push it. If one day every couple of weeks ends up being at a less intense level that's fine. What is not fine is to NOT workout, one way or another, for more than a day or so. And truth be told, I miss it if I have to go without exercise!

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7/24/12 5:24 P

"fake it til you make it" :)

I think that discipline is more important than motivation. Motivation can only take you so far. at some point discipline has to take over where you do something whether you want to or not. I'm still struggling with that :)

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7/24/12 4:59 P

working out comes with an attitude. I like my workouts so I usually don't have to push myself. But when I do I feel so much better that I did.

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7/24/12 4:12 P

Thank you!

I agree, sometimes just getting started is the hardest part.

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7/21/12 1:06 P

Mom2ACat- I admire you! You have a great attitude and that is inspiring.

True to my word I worked out today, and I totally enjoyed it. Sometimes just getting going is the hard part. It's easier to commit once you just get going.

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7/21/12 12:05 P


Right there with you. There are days where I dread my fitness routine. It takes a lot of will power sometimes. I'm ALWAYS glad that I did it though!

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7/21/12 12:04 P

I struggle with this too, I have a lot of fatigue with the chemo I am on. But I find even if I can only manage 20 minutes per day, it makes me feel better when I am done.

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7/21/12 11:58 A

I really go through this quite a bit, but I do it anyway.

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7/21/12 10:58 A

I don't want to workout today. I can think of a million reasons why it's ok to not work out. It's a rainy Saturday, and we all need a day to be lazy. My body hurts. I'm too tired. I could go on and on. But I'm going to work out anyways.

Why? Because I have never regretted a work out. What I have regretted, repeatedly, is that one day I skipped, which led to 2 days, then a week, maybe even a month of no work outs. I've also regretted watching progress reverse itself after skipping workouts. I've regretted the steady decline in energy after missing multiple work outs.

Exercise doesn't always have to be high energy, hour long sessions. Get up and go for a walk, or a bike ride. Put on music and dance with the kids. Just get moving. You won't regret it.

In the words of Nike, Just do it! emoticon

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