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1/31/14 11:25 P

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I remind myself how I feel after working out.


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1/31/14 10:18 P

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it took a while to get in the habit, but once I got a schedule going it's easy. I don't mind getting up early to go to the gym before work. I found my energy level is up and I move faster and think clearer. I like that feeling and want to stay on track.

Gratitude

I am grateful for of course my family and friends.
I am grateful that I have a job that I love.
I am grateful that I have money to pay my bills.
I am grateful that my health is good.
I am grateful that I have a very stong faith.


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1/31/14 3:14 P

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Counting down the minutes....



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1/31/14 3:14 P

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Before work, I dress in workout clothes and stretch, then when I get off work 8 hours later, I have no excuse not to workout because I am already dressed for it. May not happen immediately after work, but it will happen before I go anywhere.



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1/31/14 6:21 A

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I look forward to working out 98% of the time. I actually get cranky if I don't get some exercise done. You have to find something that you enjoy doing, so it doesn't feel like a chore.

Progress may be slow, but it happens!
No such thing as last place only finishers.


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1/27/14 2:11 P

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a) the looks on people's faces when I tell them I get up at 4:30am to workout
b) I want to try and shave another minute off of my mini marathon time in May

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1/27/14 1:50 P

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how do you keep up with the daily exercise I do it one day and then I don't I need to be consistent with my exercise I just do home exercise no gym

Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Never, Never, Never give up!


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I just remind myself how I felt before I started working out. Tired, depressed, lazy, a couch potato, after I walk or run I feel alive and I have lots more energy.

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9/30/13 7:51 P

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I have a few ways to motivate myself.

1. I wake up 1-2 hours before I have to get ready for work...it helps me to wake up
2. I remind myself that most times I will be too tired or busy after work to do it
3. It is the BEST time for me to read a book for leisure or homework - yes, I still maintain 18mph



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I remind myself of the consequences of not taking care of myself.

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9/17/13 8:01 A

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Just in case you believe all that prejudiced nonsense about British teeth - I do NOT clean my teeth 3 times a week! Twice and day, thank you very much xxxx

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

You can take the girl out of London, but - thank goodness - you can't take London out of the girl.


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I don't - any more than I motivate myself to clean my teeth or put a load of washing on. It's what I do, 3 times a week. I never ask myself "shall I go to the gym today" If it's on the calendar, I just grab the gym bag and go. Thinking about ti is disastrous!

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

You can take the girl out of London, but - thank goodness - you can't take London out of the girl.


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9/17/13 5:54 A

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Say to myself do I want to keep the new me


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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9/16/13 8:43 P

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Look at myself when I come out of the shower and have some positive self talk about going to the gym.

Remember to take time to enjoy the journey!


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9/16/13 8:11 P

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I tell myself about the goals I'm working on. I fit it in between my bus routes. Even during the workout I add little pieces to it. Like let's do one more rep. or let's walk to this marker. My strides are getting stronger and better.

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks." -- Jack Penn


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8/15/13 6:35 P

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I just do it.
Up out of bed and go for a two mile run or walk every morning


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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8/15/13 5:00 P

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I tell myself, it's my gift to myself. I get up, dressed and go for it.

Every day is a new beginning.


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8/15/13 4:43 P

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It is the first thing I do when I get up.

If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.

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8/15/13 4:06 P

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I do not have a good way yet. I tell myself Negative things to make me feel guilty. Then i do it feeling bad about myself the hold time. emoticon

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8/15/13 3:51 P

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I remind myself of the goals I want to complete.

I CAN do this ONE day at a time.
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8/13/13 6:47 P

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I put some music on to get me going.

Progress may be slow, but it happens!
No such thing as last place only finishers.


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8/13/13 9:19 A

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Christian music-Third day really gets me going.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.


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8/13/13 8:38 A

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get on the scale or look in the mirror realize im not completely happy with either one and want a change

this is only temporary


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8/11/13 5:08 A

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upbeat music



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8/10/13 7:37 P

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the only time i have peace is when i am running.........i need to be motivated to perform the other tasks in my life

it doesnt matter if you run slowly.........you are still running faster than someone on the couch!!!


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8/10/13 6:41 P

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I just look at my daughter who has worked really hard and lost 30-35 pounds. She looks great and I want to look good too.

Keep your feet firmly planted in the clouds!!

As God is my witness, I will never be fat again!!! (quote stolen from STACYLUE)


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8/10/13 5:21 P

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Found workouts that I love to do... when it's fun, you get it done !
I joined No Excuse Workout Bootcamp and I love to workout live with the coaches ! And when I can't I jump straight from bed in my workout clothes and I do use one of the recorded workout first thing in the morning.
My results since I started the No Excuses Workout Program in January speak for themselves :
Days since registration : 192 days
Total Number of Workouts : 160
Total number of workouts this month : 8
Average number of workouts per week : 5.83
Total Weight Loss : 20.7 pounds
I've never been that consistently exercising ever before !



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Right now I am keeping a special 'top' visible cause I want to wear it soon ........... so, I keep the 'goal' in plain view .......

~Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." .... Mother Teresa

~ What I do today shapes my tomorrow. ~I will seize the day~

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7/26/13 12:27 P

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Every year I take a week-long hiking trip, so throughout the year, I stay motivated because the last thing I want is to be out of breath trekking up a mountain. Having that goal keeps me exercising on a regular basis and in good shape for the hiking trip. I would likely exercise, anyway, but there are times that I have slacked when I didn't have a physical goal to work toward.

"Turn off your television. Go do something."


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It's usually an internal battle and I think of how I feel when I'm done and I can usually talk myself into it. Me vs. Myself!

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I can totally relate and am in the same range as you (I'm 185 and want to get to 145). For the past two years I have let the stresses of work take the place of my mental, physical and spiritual fitness. I'm making the change again, irrespective of how many times I've lost and gained again, I know that I want to feel better internally vice it just being an external issue. Good luck to us all!

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7/25/13 12:19 P

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I try to think of activities to do like bike riding and walking as opposed to "working out". I have joined a gym in the past and I became bored with it after a while and stopped going, so I have better luck with doing things and being more active.



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7/25/13 9:25 A

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Perhaps the issue you are facing is a weight-loss plateau. I have inserted a link to the Mayo Clinic which may help you to understand this normal but perhaps frustrating process.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss-plateau/MY01152

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The number on my scale hasn't moved in 2wks, despite all my efforts of eating right and exercising, for some this could be the moment that they throw the towel in , but not for me. I know I've lost inches cause I feel it in my clothes everytime that I get dressed, and I have so much more energy than before, but the thing that probably motivates me the most is I'm doing this for a good cause, getting healthy. I also remind myself that I didn't become overweight overnight and will not loose all that I've gained overnight, it's a process. Although it is nice to have a cheerleader on the side cheering us on, we are our best cheerleaders because we know what our body can do. So to ALL I say emoticon emoticon



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I love the suggestions here. I read what others do and say, "yeah. I can do that too."

You're never too old to do goofy stuff.
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Remind myself it is my right to do so. I am as important as anything else. emoticon

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7/24/13 10:26 A

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My friend told me about her motivating trick and since I applied it; it became my "aha" moment. I get dressed in front of the mirror!!! It sounds horrible and torturous. And at first it was but it a revealing moment the first several times. I was a crying mess the first time I did this. I could see the cellulite that became like barnacles and moon crescents on my thighs, the rolls on my stomach that I would hide under my clothes. I saw me for me - flaws and all. I admit it was an epiphany for me. I saw what I have done to my body ( I used to be superfit and I just let it life get in the way). But with every moment of working out and eating right, every time I look in the mirror naked, I see an improvement. I see my thighs and legs getting smaller and tighter. My stomach is slimming down. It has definitely became a part of my routine when I get dress in the morning. It continues to motivate me everyday - I can SEE what working out and eating right does to my body. And that brings greater satisfaction than the numbers on the scale because sometimes the inches come off faster than the numbers on the scale.



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I agree with you AZULVIOLETA6!!! Stop making excuses!!! I used to, until over a year ago, I too discovered Zumba, and Zumba Toning and I love it!!!! You get such a workout, it feels great, and does Not feel like exercise...

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I found a buddy to go with. When I know someone else is counting on me, it motivates me. And we walk and talk, which is a nice bonus too. I wish that I could make myself get up and do it just for myself, but my track record tells me I am not quite to that point yet. So having a workout buddy works for me.

Leslie

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we don't all work out. I don't and have lost 48 lbs since Feb 19.
COPD keeps me from being active...the more I move the more I cough.
I will no longer keep this from letting me meet my goal. Can Do!!!!

"There is no sense worrying over past failures, present situations or potential mishaps...as long as we do our best as praying, positive thinking people, God will see us thru" Mrs. Norman V. Peale


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Feelings of anxiety motivate me--

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity"
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I just do -- I want to maintain my weight after losing it



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A gym manager once said to me that the hardest part to keeping at it is entering the gym door. Well, I adjusted this to just telling myself I'll just do something small, e.g a few squats, arm exercises,a short walk down the road, etc. etc. etc. One set down the line or a few steps down the line, I somehow want more....this works for me. Maybe the feeling of achievement that I started...

Edited by: ROSEMARE at: 7/24/2013 (05:55)

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I'm with FITK34, "just do it and get it done!" Once I'm done, I'm done... and I'm so happy I did it!
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I struggled with "motivation" for a long time. It was only within the last few weeks that I've actually solved this problem. My excuse for never sticking to my ideal diet or actually getting around to the workouts I planned was that I couldn't motivate myself. Then I found this blog where the girl was describing all the same issues I had. I tried to post the link below to her page about motivation vs. determination because I don't think I could say it better, but the page wouldn't let me.

In summary, though, the answer is this: you will probably never stay motivated, but that's OK. You don't need motivation to succeed, all you need is determination. I don't know why, but that just clicked for me. Motivation will give you the boost to get started, but when push comes to shove, you just need to be determined. Taking the emotion out of it really helped for me.


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I just included it in my day rotine, so that if I don´t go...I have to stare at walls instead...
And so it´s very hard to justify not going...
How??? I asked my boss to alter my schedule so I could arrive later, and leave later...
So I leave the kids at school, go to the gym, take a bath a go to work...
It´s just part of my day...except Wednesdays.
That day is my resting day, so my hubby takes the kids and I go straight to work at 08.00!
So it´s like a job! No thinking, no motivation needed, no nothing... just a part of the day!



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Just do it! I have lost my motivation to work out and kept forgetting till too late. So now I have gone back to doing it first thing, which has 2 advantages. It gets it done and it wakes me up. An additional advantage is that I can then follow it up with walking the dogs or walking round town at my leisure, which adds minutes and burns more cals. Then I meet my weekly aim and that makes me feel good



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look back on where I have come from.

My problem is doing too much and I have to force myself to take a day off.



How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

look for Trevc

www.flickr.com/





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I remind myself how good I feel after I work out and that the effect is cumulative - working out makes me feel better and better. It doesn't have to be some mega crunch session - walking, yoga, simple things are also good and beneficial. Keep on moving! emoticon

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I think to myself "Just get it done!"

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I'm on a team so I got to get up and get moving. emoticon



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I look at the progress I have made so far and want it to continue!

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I look in the mirror.



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Nike says it best - "Just do it!"

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

-Albert Einstein


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7/22/13 4:17 P

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I lost 34 lbs. about a year ago. Those results keep me motivated since I've got about 62 lbs. to lose until I reach my goal.

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!


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7/22/13 2:02 P

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My cousin in law is pregnant with a little one at home. She gets up and does the gym at 5 am BEFORE work. I think I can go on a walk.



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7/22/13 1:12 P

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Look back at the hard work that a lot of people put to reach the success and the goals that I achieved till now.



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7/22/13 10:57 A

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I just recently purchased the Jawbone Up band. I like to sync it to my phone about 4 times a day to see how many steps I have accumulated. If they are low I know I have to get moving more. I'll check my steps and say "Is it more beneficial to take a 15 minute walk or sit down and watch TV?" The walk always wins. It really helps me make wiser decisions,



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7/22/13 9:52 A

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Helps alleviate anxiety so when I feel my stomach tightening I bike. It helps a lot

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity"
-Paulo Coelho
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