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Saturday, January 04, 2014

I was reading through some of the questions on our Winter 2013 challenge and one of the questions was what motivates you to keep exercising and losing weight. It was kind of ironic as I was just thinking about motivators today. Sometimes, it is the smallest thing that you wouldn't think about that motivates someone.

I got my husband a heart rate monitor. He never had one and he promised me he would start exercising again. Of course, I kept trying to tell him that our recumbent bike doesn't work and he wouldn't listen when he wasn't exercising. It still doesn't work so he is doing it manually.

However, I this HRM has totally motivated him to work out. He thinks it is the neatest little gadget he has ever seen. He knows I have had the same one and used it for years. Now that he has it, he comes up and tells me about all the things it does and how cool it is. Really? I know that. If I had known it would take just a HRM to get him exercising again, I would have gotten him one a long time ago.

For me my huge motivation has been to get my blood sugar down. I didn't think it was possible, but I did it. For the first time in about 9 months, my blood sugar is normal. I did it just with the treadmill. I try to do the treadmill or some workout every day. My sister suffers from Diabetes due to Obesity and my brother has Juvenile diabetes so this is a huge motivator for me.

I've added Leslie Sansone back into my workout choices as I can now lift my arms again. I really want to add some sort of weights, but my doctor is against it because of the surgeries. He does want me using my shoulders and she does a lot of arm stuff.

Today I did 75 minutes on the treadmill along with Walk it Out, burned 462 cal and went a little over 4 miles :)
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    Great blog my friend! You can do this and I'm so proud of both of us for realizing how necessary exercise is to maintain health! emoticon
    1478 days ago
    Excellent motivators! Cheers to your good health!
    1480 days ago
    That is too funny! Fitbit motivates me and hubby to get moving. We aren't competitive. emoticon
    1480 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I would love to get an HRM for both my hubby and I. My fitbit is pretty motivating to me, but I'd really like an HRM too.
    1480 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Where did you get his? And if I may ask, how much? I know my DH would go nuts over a "new toy," and he's been talking about exercising. He has even been walking around the block with me, but he really needs to do more. We have a stationary bike--right in front of the TV, too (how convenient, right!). emoticon
    PS I'm a Leslie Sansone walker, too!

    1480 days ago
    I think I will get my Hubby a HRM...maybe it will motivate him!!!!!!!!!!! You are a motivator to me!!!!!!!!!!
    1480 days ago
  • TOOBUSY035
    Funny about your husband, I think mine would do the same thing!
    Good for you taking control of your health. I have 3 sisters. So out of 4 girls 3 of us watch what we eat, work out regularly and are of normal, or close to normal weight. The 4th sister is morbidly obese and consequently has numerous health issues. She makes fun of us actually saying things like we are in the "thin-olympics" competing against each other. Actually, it is the opposite we encourage each other and have tried on many occasions to encourage her to improve her health. On those occasions we have been attacked and told to mind our own business. It is a very sad situation, she is extremely intelligent so that makes it even more frustrating for us. Can't she see that she is killing herself?!?
    1480 days ago
    Wish I could figure out the magical item to motivate my DH. LOL
    Great job on the treadmill and blood sugar. WooHoo!
    1480 days ago
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