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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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ORANGEAID2 6/25/2010 8:24PM

    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!

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FITKAT2010 6/25/2010 5:52AM

    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?

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LCORTEZ7 6/24/2010 2:50PM

    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 youíre interested in any evening classes or workouts (except for Wednesdays) Iíll join you.
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LIVESTRONG2010 6/24/2010 1:47PM

    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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CANNF47 6/24/2010 1:22PM

    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....

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PIPHIDAVIS 6/24/2010 1:02PM

    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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MRSBERG135 6/24/2010 12:54PM

    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!

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