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BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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7/1/13 6:54 P

You need to establish some system that motivates you to work out. A calendar with stickers of items you will get after you reach a week of meeting your goal. You can buy special workout clothes, get some type of fitness device that makes you more inclined to work out. I use visual imagery to get myself going. I imagine how good I will feel and how much better I look afterwards. I have a series of songs on my IPOD that get me charged. All I have to do is start listening to them to get in the mood. When my daughter was little was my fastest and most efficient time of working out. I knew I had a very narrow window of time to workout so that made me so at it with great intensity. I picked workout music that had a high tempo. I currently use my laptop and do work on it while I am on the elliptical. Whatever works. Its kept me going for over 35 years.

JXFINK SparkPoints: (63,073)
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7/1/13 6:47 P

You just have to do it. I have the same problem. I workout 5 days a week, every week, and there is not a single day that I think to myself, "I am so stinking excited to workout, let's do this!" Some days are easier than others, but there are days when it takes everything I've got to put on the yoga pants and running shoes and get myself into the gym (and the gym is literally two doors down the hall- I have no excuses). I force myself to do it more times than I can count. I talk myself out of it over and over, but as long as I can talk myself into it one more time than I talk myself out of it, I am doing ok. The one thing that helps me A LOT is that I've been doing it long enough now that I know how amazingly wonderful I feel after a workout so I have to keep telling myself "You will not ever regret working out, but you will regret skipping it. JUST DO IT!" That one works every time.

It helps to have a workout that you enjoy as well. I am a HUGE fan of Jillian Michael's videos, the 30 Day Shred is my favorite. It's a quick and easy total body workout and if you do it correctly, you will see results. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to walk and be on the elliptical. So, I start with the video and since I am already sweaty, I hop on the elliptical or go for a walk (occasionally a run on the treadmill) and before I know it, I am done and it's out of the way (until tomorrow).

I also have motivational quotes on the wall of my gym, everywhere. You can't turn your head in my gym and not find a reason to keep going. That's a huge help (of course, I gotta get in there to see them that's the first battle). I realize not everyone is fortunate enough to have their own home gym, but write a few down and put them on the fridge or the wall where you workout. I have a note from my kids taped to my treadmill that simply says "Go Mama GO! You can do it!" That they have that much faith in me is so motivating. I also have a picture of myself at 23 at the lowest weight I can remember being in my adult life taped to my elliptical- also a powerful motivator especially being only 4 pounds from it.

It's especially important to make time to take care of yourself when you are chasing a little one around. Even if you can't get that hour in there all at once, little bits of exercise throughout the day are good too. And just think of the example you are setting. Get your little one involved in working out and being like mommy, if he/she sees you doing it, he/she will want to do it too and maybe he/she won't have weight struggles in the future. My girls are 16 and 19 and if I could go back and do it all over again, focusing on health would be the one thing I would change. So, do it for YOU, but do it for your little one too.

Edited by: JXFINK at: 7/1/2013 (18:54)
7/1/13 6:08 P

i wanted to work out at least 5 times a week for 30 mintues to an hour. but last week i only workouted 3 days. I feel so not motivated. ughhim a full time mom, so im chasing my toddler around all day. Any advice on getting motivated to work out ?? Any ideas of a good workout at home routines ????

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