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Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm in a super exercise slump. I haven't properly worked out in weeks. I ride my bike everyday and move around a lot at work but it's not enough. I'm only maintaining my weight but need to get back on the proverbial bike and keep losing.

I know if I just suck it up and do a great workout, I'll be motivated again (possibly). That's where I'm at this morning, I am all suited up in workout gear and am gonna do it...after I finish this post because this is obviously a procrastination ploy.

One of the big issues is that lately I've been starting work at 5:15am, meaning I get up at 4:20am. Another is that I don't get enough sleep. I would have to go to bed around 8pm to get a full 8hrs of sleep but the sun is still out and I feel like a loser going to bed so early so I end up getting only 5-6hrs of sleep. So when I get off my shift I feel dizzy and sluggish.

I know this is not a big deal, in college I continuously ran on 4-5 hrs of sleep each night but I am really good at talking myself out of things.

How do you de-slump yourselves. Mind you, I do all my exercise at home or by cycling (lol, nice word play). I need to join a gym but haven't put forth the effort because I don't want to deal with pushy sales persons.

Help, push me tell me I need to lose weight, that I am not healthy yet - something! to put me back on track.
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    Thanks for all your supportive comments! Contrary to some opinions, this slump doesn't stem from any deep psychological issues - just laziness and becoming bored with my routine. Also, I have only been working at my new job for 2 months now so I have yet to find a good groove. And I like to do a lot of exercise when I do it, 20 min is not good enough for me.

    But! - I did some step aerobics yesterday and a little cardio today and tomorrow will give myself a good overdue a$$ kicking exercise-wise.

    I love what a lot of you said about finding an exercise partner. That is something I am having a hard time doing since I don't anyone in this town. Perhaps that's more reason to join a gym!

    I'm gonna start figuring out how to keep the motivation going whilst also living with an erratic work schedule that varies week to week.

    Keep you posted!

    2801 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    There's more to this than sleep/exercise. Take a look at what was going on just prior to when you turned south on your exercise program. Did someone disappoint you? Did you get rejected? What was going on?
    2801 days ago
    We have all been there from time to time and I really believe that the change in your schedule (work schedule that is) is the real culprit. Sleep is very important maybe you should try a power nap during the day. The one thing that help me out of my slump was consistency; going back to the core essentials. Setting daily goals that you know you can be successful at and build on them. Once you get a routine again it will be second nature to you.

    I also suggest working out with a friend. Consistency and Accountability is the key. If you’re interested in any evening classes or workouts (except for Wednesdays) I’ll join you.
    2802 days ago
    Exercising hasn't been an issue since I start riding. I will find ride to do and then start training for them. I have some great spark friends that help keep my motivated with both my cycling and walking. I also signed up to do a marathon so I have to train for that too! That's how I get and stay motivated. Good luck and it will happen for you too!

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    2802 days ago
  • CANNF47
    I have to say that I really understand how you are feeling. I have only been working out a couple of days a week the last month or so. According to my Dr. I have lost 13.5 pounds since last Sept which makes him happy. Me I feel like I should have lost another 10. The thing is I have not been working at it as hard as I should. So I called in my son (who is a Sgt. in the USMC) he will be home for the next 4 weeks. I told him I needed him to help motivate me to get my workouts done in the morning before I go to work. ( By the time I get home in the evening I just do not want to go running or go to the gym.) He said, "Mom I would love to work out with you." So I am looking forward to the next 4 weeks. I have made myself a promise that I will not make any excuses to get out of the 5 a.m. workouts.

    I would recommend that you find someone who can motivate you. I know that once I have a good routine down I am good about keeping it. My problem is getting started.

    So get out there and get moving.... you know as well as I do that you will feel great when you are done....
    2802 days ago
    I totally feel your pain. I have never been a good sleeper (since I was in middle school) and that has always been a problem for me. I have to admit I skipped my Zumba class this morning due to a headache but I really should have gone. However, in general since I joined the Y I have really enjoyed working out. I really like the programs and the supportive environment there. I used to go to Shapes and it was ok but I really like the Y and I know they are aware when I skip. It is nice to know that people are rooting for you. I say just find your thing and you will be able to stick to it. You will still have slumps but you will do it.

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    2802 days ago
  • MRSBERG135
    I hear ya! I am the same way! But I can't even get myself to do a little exercise! And I work at 6:00 am and I find myself getting around 6-6.5 hours a sleep each night! If you find your solution! Definitely blog about it! So I can see if some work for me toO! Good luck! I know you can do it!
    2802 days ago
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