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I HATE IT....What should I do?????

Friday, July 27, 2012

emoticon Ok, here it goes! I do not have a problem with my eating, there I've said it! I really really have my food in check according to what amount of carbs, fats and proteins I ingest for the day. What I do have a problem with is I cannot make myself eat as many calories stated on the nutrition tracker. Call me crazy but 1700-2000 is way way way too much for me to take in. emoticon too many groceries for me!
Now here is where the problem kicks in.... emoticon I have a hard time working out! It's not that I don't have the time, cuz I do. It's not that I don't have the equipment, cuz I do. It's not that I think I don't have to, cuz I know I do. I HATE IT.... HATE IT.... HATE IT!!
emoticon I don't know who just said that???
I try to follow my schedule of workouts to do and I succeed for a few days and then the "fun" is over. So I try something new, (this is why I "have" the equipment).
Am I the only one with this problem. Am I missing something here.
I am losing weight, I am feeling better, I do have more energy....... I just feel like I'm letting myself down and hitting a brick wall over and over and over again.
I'm now chair dancing and just received a Malibu Pilates Chair to add to my new gadgets. I like them all; treadmill, resistance bands, free weights, dvds...etc. but just HATE to workout, I would rather sit on my butt and read a good book (I'm a bookaholic)
WHAT SHOULD I DO??????????????? emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BRAVENEWGRL 7/29/2012 1:26PM

    Oh! And I just thought of this! I recently found Fitdeck - which basically just exercises on playing cards that you can do whenever. I didn't want to pay the money so I've been making my own (I'll blog about it soon). What if you made yourself a Fitdeck and then worked in 10 minutes of exercise here and there throughout your day? On the Fitdeck website they have some suggestions like if you want dessert, you draw 4 cards and perform the exercises. So maybe you could do that for your reading. For every hour you want to read, you have to draw cards and do those first. That way you get your workout in and your reading and things are never the same...

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/29/2012 1:22PM

    I haven't read all of the comments - so this might be redundant. You need to find something you love doing. I hate running. Hate hate hate it. I made myself do it. Then after I ran my 5k, I promptly gave it up and could care less if I ever run again. Sure it's fun to jog with the dog every now and again but it's not something I ever want to do on a schedule. I realized just taking the dog for a walk around the block was ok.

I don't have to like or love running.

Then I met yoga. I looooooooooooooooooooove yoga. I love how there's not a single day where the flow is the same and I am constantly being challenged. I can go to yoga 6 days a week and still not get sick of it.

So find what you love doing. Even if it doesn't seem like 'enough'. Start there. Baby steps. Maybe it is just taking the dog for a walk around the block. Maybe it is just walking around the mall and extra time or two. If you don't enjoy it, you aren't going to stick with it! Maybe look into something like yoga or crossfit or something that has a 'workout of the day' so you don't get bored. Personally, there are only so many times I can take the 30 Day Shred before I want to poke my eyeballs out with boredom. Find something that doesn't make you nuts and have fun with it!

And maybe you could get some audio books from the library so you could walk and listen....

As for the food - well only you can tell what your body needs. I would say maybe consult a nutritionist or dietian if you can to make sure that you are meeting your daily dietary needs adequately.

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DIZZYCOCOA 7/29/2012 1:13PM

    I hate working out too and try to mix it up, like you but just get so bored with everything.

I finally bargained it out and I get TV shows on DVD (from the library for free) and watch one per workout on the treadmill. If it's a good series it keeps me coming back and I don't allow myself to watch it any other time - just on the treadmill. I also let myself walk slowly and always seem to ramp it up as I go along. The show keeps my mind off the monotony of walking but I still get a workout every day and know it will be at least 45 minutes.

I find it difficult to read on the treadmill, but I would think you could do something similar by getting books or downloading them to an electronic device and let yourself walk leisurely while you read or even listen to them on CD/ipod etc.

Basically, I realized that I'm going to get bored with workouts so I just picked one where I can kind of feel like I'm sitting back and being entertained but still get some movement in my day.
I noticed that it really helped though, last weekend i went camping and we were out hiking and I never got tired or sore.

Agreed on the SP calorie ranges. Mine is absurd too.

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MOBYCARP 7/28/2012 5:16PM

    There are times when I love *having exercised* but really dislike the idea of *starting to exercise*. Sometimes I dislike it all the way through the exercise, sometimes I warm up to it when I get going.

And there are many, many times when I want to give so much time to reading books that I don't have any time for exercise.

I've become accustomed to using the bottom end of my calorie range as a target that I *have to * eat up to. But I'm in maintenance, and I pick that bottom end to avoid losing weight.

If you're still in weight loss mode, there's a real possibility that SP is picking the wrong range for you. After all, the SP program is based on a broad average. Many people will be close to the average, and have the SP estimate work for them; but some won't. You need to know whether the SP estimate is good for you, or biased in one direction or the other. It sounds like you have a good handle on that. I'd encourage you to think about changing the range to be something that your body tells you is more appropriate than the SP estimate.

You are not alone. Many of us face the same issues.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 7/28/2012 2:59PM

  For me its all about finding an exercise that I like. I love boxing with the Wii. I do Walk Away the Pounds and my reward that the diligence is boxing. I go back and forth on the weight training. Sometimes I like it sometimes 10 minutes a day is better than nothing. We all need some cardiovascular exercise to be our healthiest and weigh bearing exercise such as weight training to strengthen our bones. I'm almost 43 so I think as if I am preparing my body to do extra innings in my old age. I want to be the best I can be and see my niece and nephew's have kids.

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DESERTJULZ 7/28/2012 10:51AM

    Oh you are not alone! I love to exercise, now. It wasn't always so...

The pounds were creeping on, a few here, a few there. I'm not the person to let things get totally out of control, so when I got to 20% over my ideal weight, I knew I had to do something. That was in May, this year. One of my friends is a personal trainer and was hosting a 4-week weight loss challenge as a fundraiser for her charity. $25 to participate. I joined. She recommended SparkPeople to journal & track nutrition and exercise.

I joined and committed to do the steps required, whether I liked it or not. Oh how I hated the exercise those first four weeks! I made myself do it though, six days a week. At the end of the challenge, I was the winner both in pounds and percentage lost (percentage determined the winner, though). Winning motivated me, and I decided to keep on with the program, because I still had over 10% of my weight to lose.

Then, she hosted another challenge this month. Weigh-in is tomorrow. I've been at this since May, and because I have forced myself to exercise six days a week, whether I want to or not, my attitude has actually changed! Last Thursday, (my official rest day), I WANTED to exercise! It felt WRONG not to. However, I know that rest days are a value to the body, so I didn't. How odd it was for me to be longing for a workout. :D

Bottom line: set a goal of exercising at least three days a week, perhaps more. Set the goal to go for several months. Set up a reward for you that you can have *only* if you keep the goal. Then do it. At the end, I bet you 10 Spark goodies that you'll have a different attitude toward exercise.

Want to take my bet?

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WIZINTN 7/28/2012 8:11AM

    "I am losing weight, I am feeling better, I do have more energy....... ' - REJOICE!


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    I'm not crazy about exercise either. Just start where you can and go from there.

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LINDAK25 7/27/2012 12:01PM

    Boy, that does seem like a lot of calories! Of course, I don't know any other specifics, so I can't tell you it should be different. I find it hard to eat a lot of calories, too. I'm not eating as many calories as you, but with eating mostly whole foods, it's a lot of food. I get very full. By now you should be able to tweak things. But if you're losing weight at the level you want and not feeling exhausted and grouchy all the time then you're right where you should be for the moment.

I'm a bookaholic, too. Spending all the time I spend on Spark takes me away from my reading and I'm not liking that! I would much rather read than exercise. I find I procrastinate when I should be exercising. Once I start though, I'm fine. Sorry you get bored with your workouts! I feel a whole lot better when I exercise, as long as I don't overdo it. I keep over-training and then I have to rest for a couple of days and restart my exercise program at a much slower pace. It's very frustrating!

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EMMABE1 7/27/2012 2:22AM

    I remember a time a bit ago when I hated exercise!! Everyone will tell you - no way would I move myself!!
Then I started Curves - and Zumba - and pump and found that in a class situation I could exercise and have fun!! I am banned from Zumba now because of my knees (I tore a cartilage - again!!) but I still do Curves and pump - I meet friends - we do the circuit - and have fun with each other and then go for coffee (no cake) and I have made huge strides in weight and fat loss - and I wrote a blog - and admitted I actually ENJOY exercise now and more than that - I enjoy what it does to my body!!
It took 2 1/2 yrs or more though to get to that stage!!

Find something you really enjoy - maybe with others in a group rather than alone - and let them encourage you to keep going as you encourage them!!
You will see the difference in how you look and feel - its not just about weight loss - its also about strengthening those muscles and toning them and looking the best that you can - instead of having heaps of hanging flabby bits, and having no strength and balance and stamina and flexibility because you lost weight but didn't exercise!!

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DIET_FRIEND 7/27/2012 2:13AM

    I am in hour exact shoes! Now that I'm tracking, I am eating conciously and NOT making my minimum calorie goal according to Spark. I am not into working out and I have DVDs, dumbells, etc., too. I am losing some pounds despite being kind of sedentary. one is perfect so there. I do sometimes break out and do a workout, but I also feel like vacuuming is fitness or any other regular movement--and I like to sit around reading and stuff too. I think I can lose weight without fitness for a while until I get to a plateau. Once I lose 20 or so by diet alone, I might actually feel like doing more fitness. I have made it a goal to drop 2 pounds a week from careful eating. If I can't do it that way, I may try something else, but so far so good.

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