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BELLYDOG Posts: 2,136
9/5/13 7:13 A

I struggle too. Usually with my stomache, just right for exercising, then I am ready for a nap; or there's not enough time before hubby gets home, or the dog wants attention. Of course, it is all just excuses. And everytime I use one, I remind myself that it is like saying, "My dog ate my homework." If you really want to do it, you will not allow anything to stop you. If you don't really want to do it, you'll use any excuse. It is just the way it is.

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9/5/13 2:35 A

Working out first thing when I wake up works best. Then, I earn that meal and shower instead of them being hindurance to the workout!

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9/4/13 3:43 P

I workout first thing in the am before work. I use baby wipes to clean my pits afterward. I pull my hair up so that it doesn't get all sweaty and yucky. My clothes are packed so I can change at the gym or at work. Since I am at the gym at 5am, no matter what else happens during the day, I have accomplished something.

If it is a priority, you will make it happen.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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9/4/13 3:33 P

When I was first starting to exercise on a regular basis post-college, I joined Fitocracy. Basically, it pays you when you workout, but deducts money from your account when you don't (actual $$$). I'm too darn cheap to watch money go away because I was feeling lazy so that kept me going to the gym and motivated me to make my schedule fit gym time. Eventually (6 months-ish) I got to the point where going to the gym before work was what I did. And then I didn't need Fitocracy anymore.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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9/4/13 12:28 P

This is from experience, if you have an excuse ,then you are NOT ready.. I used to do the same. With carpooling, work, meetings, kids activities ,church , school volunteering, chaperoning .. I thought I could never workout, then my weight started to climb and I just made the time.. While my teenagers are doing homework, I go to Zumba class, bootcamp class. On weekends I don't sleep in I get up at 5 / 6 am for a powerwalk. If its my car pool day, I get there early to walk laps around the school. I walk to church. I walk to get groceries. .. I simply don't make any excuses anymore..

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (42,605)
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8/22/13 9:34 A

Could you change your workout time, or does it fluctuate day-to-day? (mine does).

If you are eating, say breakfast, and feel too full, could you get up a little earlier? Or after work, eat a small snack and do a workout before eating your full dinner. Definitely takes some pre-planning and a little bit of trial and error, but you can do it!

SPARK921 Posts: 3,353
8/22/13 9:26 A

When my alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I want to groan, roll over to reset the alarm and stay in bed. But then I say to myself, "I'm just going to workout THIS ONE DAY and tomorrow I can stay in bed."

Now I just say this to myself everyday and I feel like I am making the choice to NOT work out the next day if I really want to skip it. So far it is working for day at a time! If I don't do my heavy cardio in the morning, it usually doesn't happen.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (243,499)
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8/22/13 3:18 A

"If you fail to plan to fail."

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8/22/13 3:11 A

Make like Nike and just do it. Post a Nike commercial up if it helps. If you can recognize it as an excuse, you can overcome it. If I don't feel like working out, I usually tell myself, 10 minutes. Just start walking. Stick with it for 10 minutes and you'll end up doing the whole thing.

JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (22,119)
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8/21/13 5:58 P

I know, I don't like to mess up my new fresh hair and skin by sweating, and I don't like how low my energy is after I have just eaten. I feel like the stars need to be aligned JUST SO sometimes. So, the important thing is it's good to remember that working out and eating well doesn't just makes itself happen, I have to make it happen. I make sure that I have set myself up for success by planning correctly. And... sometimes I do exercise with food in my tummy and after just having a shower, but more often than not, I try not to do that becuase I don't like it. I find that if I just do it anways, it was better than having not done it at all...

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/21/13 3:53 P

These might help --

10 Excuse-Busting Exercise Truths

Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses
Winning the Fight Against Yourself

Coach Tanya

8/21/13 1:57 P

I'm finding that I'm struggling a lot with workout excuses. My top ones seem to be

1. I just ate and don't want to work out on a full stomach


2. I have Already showered and dressed for the day so I don't want to get all sweaty cause I don't have time for a 2nd shower or its bad for my hair and skin.

Does anyone else struggle with things like this or maybe these exact things? How do you balance workouts, meals, and showering?

Thanks in advance!!

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