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GIMME! Posts: 111
3/4/12 4:09 P

Starting is the hardest part. Start off by saying "ok, I'll just put my shoes on." then, you have your shoes on, say "ok. I'll just go for 10 minutes." And then after you get on your elliptical and go for 10 minutes, you can usually do a little more. It sounds silly, but if you're really struggling at first, try just putting your shoes on! If I'm in a bad/tired mood, I'll do that, and complain all the way to the gym, lol. But I feel great when I'm done with my workout.

Focus on how you'll feel after your exercise. Tell yourself you want more energy and want to feel better, and exercise will do that. Not "I want to exercise."

Put a TV in front of your elliptical, you'll focus on the TV and not the exercise. You can watch a whole show and the 30 minutes will fly by!



MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (128,294)
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3/4/12 3:16 P

Wish I could give you a quick, one-line answer. There's no easy way to get started, and if there's an easy way to get and stay motivated, I haven't found it yet. I exercise because I know it's important to my health, and essential if I want to lose weight. Exercise is the part that I've missed other times that I've lost weight, and I'm hoping that by making exercise a part of my regular routine (minimum 3 days cardio and 3 days ST), I will not only lose weight, but keep it off. In other words, just do it!

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3/4/12 1:37 P

I'm never motivated to clean the cat's litter box, brush my teeth, go to work, or do laundry but I do it anyways.

I do have specific goals, but exercising is just a habit.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,482)
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3/4/12 1:37 P

Today is the best day to start getting healthy. We always want to wait until tomorrow. I think that by starting today, you're taking the best first step you can!

The past doesn't matter... we're here to help you with your future. Just keep those goals in mind, and you can do ANYTHING!

One thing that really helps me is blogging. Not only does it give me sparkpoints, but it makes me think about the things I'm doing to be healthy and happy.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/4/2012 (13:38)
SANDY3CNJ SparkPoints: (299)
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3/4/12 12:54 P

I do want to get this weight off more than anything. I have been heavy since the early 90's, I gained most of my weight during my pregnancies and never lost the weight my three boys are teenagers and they have never seen me thin. I have one that will be a senior in high school. I want to be a good example for my kids. I should have been doing it all along but that is neither here or there it is now that counts right? I am doing something about it all now. I appreciate all the tips you gave me and I will put them into motion starting today.

SANDY3CNJ SparkPoints: (299)
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3/4/12 12:47 P

I am going to be working out at home on an eliptical and on a walking track outdoors that goes around the lake where I live for now. I am going to take your advice about motivating myself to do the exercise. Thanks for all the advice I appreciate it dearly.

SANDY3CNJ SparkPoints: (299)
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3/4/12 12:43 P

Thank You, for the information and I am going to follow your recommendations.

SANDY3CNJ SparkPoints: (299)
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3/4/12 12:42 P

Thank You, so much I find this very helpful.

SANDY3CNJ SparkPoints: (299)
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3/4/12 12:40 P

thanks for the information, I appreciate it.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,482)
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3/4/12 11:14 A

The trick to starting and sticking with it is pretty simple:

You have to want it. You have to have the right reasons for it. Setting realistic, achievable goals is crucial... "I want to work out more" isn't concrete, you need to be specific. "I want to work out at least 3 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes" is achievable, and gives you something to be accountable for. Add it to your spark goals, and track them faithfully.

Use the tools this website provides... it's a wealth of information, motivation, and the best darn weight loss tool box I've ever found. Use it!

You need to pick something you enjoy, that challenges you, that leaves you feeling good. For some people, that's walking on a treadmill. Others find that unbearably boring. I prefer group classes... the camaraderie of my classmates has built friendships that I'm finding motivating and supportive. My workout buddies are now on my mind on mornings I don't want to go, because I know they'll ask where I was the next time I see them.

Group classes are also great because I never know what's coming, so I never get used to one action and end up plateauing myself. I take a variety of classes, every day, so there's always something new and interesting (and potentially painful) going on.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/4/2012 (11:19)
SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
3/4/12 11:07 A

Do you belong to a gym or are you working out at home? You just have to pick an activity and start doing it. If you have a video, like 30 Day Shred, that you're doing, pick a time ie. morning or night, and just do it, and repeat. Or if you're going to a gym, maybe try a machine like the elliptical and do it for 20 minutes, if you like it keep going. I think it's important to try out different exercises if you've just started; you're more likely to keep going if you find something you like. In terms of motivation though, it's more about willpower than motivation. Everyone knows why a person should workout, but you have to have the willpower to do it and keep going even when it's tough & you don't want to. I found the first month or two was the hardest, but it got easier after that. Now I feel like my day is off if I don't work out.

GUFFEY3 SparkPoints: (74,628)
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3/4/12 10:59 A

Start slow but steady. Read and learn as much as you can about the benefits of exercise. Set goals. Spark people is a tremendous resource for exercise, nutrition and goals setting.

SANDY3CNJ SparkPoints: (299)
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3/4/12 10:45 A

want to know first how to get started to exercise and how to stay motivated to keep it up?

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