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How can I love it?

Sunday, February 03, 2013

This picture was on the celebrate page of my SparkCoach lesson today...

I read it, and felt a twinge of guilt.

"I don't feel that way! I hate exercise. I like the satisfying feeling after I'm finished, but I dread it every time, and I can't wait until its over every time. Sigh..."

And I've always been this way. I hated PE, and in middle school I got out of it by excelling at music and drama. My hobbies then besides those clubs was reading. I've tried every kind of exercise to find the "right one" that I will enjoy... Aerobics, Zumba, Tae Bo, walking outside, walking on the treadmill, I've joined gyms, I've bought tons of exercise DVD's and gadgets...

I even tried running last year. I did the entire Couch to 5K program faithfully, "ran" a 5K and kept trying to "love it" like everyone said I would. I did it for a full year and still hated every minute of it.

So, how do I get from loathing it to seeing it as a reward?!?! I've been wearing a Fit Bit, which seems to motivate me to move more, and I've been walking because I seem to hate it less and it's les jarring. And I've been fitting in some body weight strength training. So I'm trying ... But can someone tell me how I can "change my mind... Change my life?" Because I really want to!!! I really do!!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RICKISMOM1 2/9/2013 3:25PM

    try different sports- hopefully you will find one or two that you enjoy more

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MANDIETERRIER1 2/4/2013 11:49AM

    I also hated PE, it was a nightmare. I was so awkward. And always picked last

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SLSALKIL 2/3/2013 12:51PM

    I don't feel so guilty now! And I don't feel like a loser for not falling in love with running like everyone else around me seems to do. Thanks for the encouragement and the kick in the pants I need. I'm gonna work on that list of why I exercise and JUST DO IT!!!

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DLDMIL 2/3/2013 11:46AM

    I agree, you have to just do it, as the nike ad says. I don't particularly care for exercising but I walk everyday and do strength training 3-4 times a week. I know that I have to do it or I will not be healthy and strong as I grow older. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWJESTER 2/3/2013 11:45AM

    Preaching to the choir. A reward? Yeah right. I'm never going to LOVE exercise or see it as some treat. Not all motivational quotes make sense. Let go of the mentality that you have to love it. It's something I do because it helps my mood. If it didn't, I wouldn't bother. Figure out WHY you have to exercise and use that to get through it, don't try to force feelings. I don't love my antidepressants, I need them. Same with exercise. Ugh, let me get off my butt and lift some weights...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/3/2013 10:42AM

    There really is no way to make you LOVE exercise. You really just have to find something you enjoy to do, but that doesn't mean you'll love it. I don't like working out, but I enjoy Zumba, jogging and kickboxing DVD's... I still don't think I'll ever LOVE it, lol! That being said, I know I need to do something or I'll turn into the sloth that I used to be and gain back all that I've lost.

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THESUBY 2/3/2013 10:22AM

    Yeah, I feel the same way. I finally found some sports I like (swimming, biking, going for walks), but I find them bearable, not as rewards. I look at it like work; sometimes you have a job you love, some jobs have their moments, and some are just awful, no matter what you do. Either way, you have to do it. I see work as a way to get money and benefits, and if I like it (which I happen to do), that's an added bonus. Exercise is the same way. You have to do it. If you like it, great, but that's an extra benefit you can't expect.
Keep working!

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KESTRYLL 2/3/2013 10:18AM

    Keep up the good work!

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