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LIVELYGIRL2
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good for you riding your bike. It's ben good weather. emoticon



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Today I am appreciating the effort that I have been putting forth to ride my bike. Every bit of exercise I do will pay me back in energy and vitality.

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tell myself have to do it



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thanks for sharing ... I bet you helped someone... emoticon

Edited by: LIVELYGIRL2 at: 3/21/2014 (13:58)


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I used to be really lazy. I also used to do this thing where I would set goals and then when I didn't work to reach them I would sit there sulking and say to myself "why even try again?".

After some time I started to realize that when I didn't do things to work towards my goals I felt guilty or ashamed of myself. Then I would get emotional from it and overeat, further throwing me off my goals. So I just started saying to myself "you can do this, and if you do it will help you feel proud instead of sad" and that was enough to get me off the couch, but everyone is different. Just remember that positive motivation can be very powerful!

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." -Anthony Robbins


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I became really lazy after having a broken ankle and foot in 2012 and total knee replacement in 2013. I hired a trainer for just two sessions and that got me started.

My new motto: Tired of starting over? Stop quitting!


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sn't that brilliant! emoticon



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awesome plan-

Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.


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I started playing a game with myself. If I don't exercise I can't eat--now that will get-cha-goin! Also, I get it in as soon as I open my eyes first thing in the morning. Since I have the remainder of the day I always end up doing more. Also, it's good to have equipment at work and at home for days when I don't feel like trucking to the gym which is often. I have gadgets every where (medicine ball, ab roller, weighted bands, stability ball and various size dumbbells. I'm determined to reach my goal this time around. I also include body exercises like wall push ups and we have a stair well at work 40 steps up/40 down. I feel good at the end of the day knowing even though I'm sitting down my body is still working. A body in motion stays in motion well after you work out!

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You know I started to read the replies from the beginning of this post, I too was one that hated to exercise and I can say that I was lazy when it came to that but not in other things. I also can say that I was working 3 jobs and did not have time to exercise. Now that I am working 2 jobs one of which is just a couple hours a day I have found that I can exercise in the mornings before going to work. It has become a habit and when I don't workout that is when I call myself lazy because the bed wants to win there have been times when I let that happen but since October I have not let it happen too many times.

I workout 5 days a week M-F and keep the weekends open so if I get lazy during the week I can make up on those days. 30-45 minutes is what I allow myself right now since the weather is still a little bit chilly and I am working out in the house. My goal is to get to an hour and to start hiking when the weather gets a little warmer. My exercise of choice though is water aerobics and I will do those too when it is warmer since I an outside pool where I live.
Now one thing that caught my eye is workout during commercials. That is a winner especially when you are watching your favorite show because commercials last at least 4 minutes just think how much you will get in in one 1 hour show.
I like the responses to this topic and I am going to get moving during the commercials. I will see how many sit ups I can do. Working on the ab muscles... emoticon emoticon

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I love the motivation in this thread! I'm quite lazy right now and need to change it. I'm trying to add little exercises throughout the day and really need to add some more exercise after work. I really like how many of you said it is a NECESSITY like filling up your car or brushing your teeth... makes you look at it a different way. I used to be more active. I was a runner in school and played volleyball... then when we lived in Italy I walked EVERYWHERE since my husband had the car... pushing my two little ones in a stroller really kept me in shape and now that I'm back at a desk job I've noticed how things have gone downhill. I've gotta get back up and get moving. Thanks for the motivation! emoticon

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I liked the persons' idea of recognizing not everyone can do these things. After I went and saw a friend in the hospital, it reminded me that we are blessed to get to do physical activity. emoticon

Edited by: LIVELYGIRL2 at: 2/21/2014 (20:28)


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so many ppl out there want to walk, run , jump , play but cant do it.
I just think about those people and feel priviledged to do exercise :) that makes me motivated.



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I'm sure not everyone likes your way of getting motivated but whatever floats you boat, and get one to get involved and engaged.

.I've used cartoons of exaggerated characters I don't want to resemble. For me it was funny, maybe another wouldn't like that approach. emoticon



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Might be controversial, but it helps me get off my butt. I try to think of fitness role models (celebrities, friends that are in shape) and it motivates me! Sometimes I'll watch music videos and be like "Damn! I wish I looked like them! Well time to go do something about it..." once you start seeing the results you'll be hooked!

My new promise to myself for 2014 is to forgive myself. If I have a setback, this time I won't give up or call myself a failure. Instead I'll forgive myself and keep going.

Ultimately we're all human and if we keep going when we stumble, we'll get there! Slow and steady wins the race!


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I am making exercise a habit. 10 minutes a day rain or shine. Once it becomes a habit, my body will miss even that 10 minutes of exercise and I will be much more likely to exercise. Once exercising, I often do more than 10 minutes.

Just that little bit of exercise every day gives me so much energy that I don't want to be still.

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I like listening to my i-pod nano for music and shows. emoticon



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i emoticon nteresting



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I have to admit to not loving being active but I was just reminded of a saying from a alcohol recovery program, "Fake it 'til you make it."

That would probably work in this case as well. Going to give it a try anyway.



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It helps to make "dates" that are like walking with a friend instead of meeting them in a cafe. Or meet at the gym or something. If there was no such thing as gaining weight and being in shape, I'd never move a muscle and eat doughnuts all day. But since we all have to take care of our bodies, it's worth trying to find ways to "sneak" in exercise that you don't really have to dread. My ipod helps a LOT.



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Apparently, there is a lot to be said for the JUST DO IT mentality!!! lol

True that once done, we humans not only feel pride, but also accomplished, and those triggered endorphins from such thoughts/emotions are a great addiction. On top of that, the body uses exercise to build, grow, strengthen... etc.... so yeah its not just in the mind & brain, but in the flesh as well. Our own human design and construct is that for ambulation, walking, MOTION.

For those of you with will power or a strong mind set to JUST DO IT because you have to, should, or its part of well adjusted life like paying taxes.... kudos!!! Some of us just are not there with ya, we are all different and should use whatever works best for #1.

I like the 'change the mind - auto change the body' attitude, I like LIKING. lol

I am really big on affirmations, on goal visualizations, and mental celebration. I like rehashing the thoughts & feelings of accomplishment, and giving myself lots of tiny exercise goals so I have more to build onto and more to celebrate, more to boost my confidence and propel me onwards and upwards.

I started out hating to sweat, hating to breath heavy, hating muscle fatigue or soreness later on. I started out resenting physical activities (soccer)because my obesity and poor health prevented me from being able to participate, and if/when I did "just do it" , it wasn't a pleasant experience along with unpleasant residual effects.

But dwelling on the THIN me, thinking about not having so much sweat anymore, or not getting winded so fast, dwelling on having more energy in general to be able to move, on having more fun in life by being ABLE to participate again. For everything BAD I associated with exercise, I forced myself to sit-down and think about its opposites, and apply the most realistic ones for me in an affirmation, a mantra, a chant while doing little stuff to make it more stuff.
putting a skip in my step, moving more quickly or taking more steps
Walking around the interior of the house at a tracked speed or time, exterior, around the block, a little farther up the hill, maybe along the forest.... a mile, two, three
Hiking the hill creek path, cutting through the trees....
Just doing jumping jacks before a meal 3x a day for 5 min, 10 min, 20m....
maybe just taking a longer time to do (grocery) shopping. Instead of rearranging my list to how the store is set up, or getting things as I approach, I go back and forth re-trotting over the same tread for each item one by one crossing through the store over and again. LOL

There is just so much stuff to do, without ever having to drag a lazy minded body kicking and screaming onto a stair climber, treadmill, or 5k run.... right off the bat. LMAO
Admittedly I am NOT at the point where I enjoy or can even do a stair climber or 5k run, but I have every faith that by changing my mind and attitude, that someday I will be! ;-)

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I never liked to exercise, but I do love to dance, ride a horse, walk around a mall, or swim in a pool. It is just a matter of finding SOMETHING you like to do and doing a small amount of it. You don't have to go crazy over it. I like ZUMBA and they have it on YouTube for free.



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Thanks for sharing this. I'm sure these medications have some effects than the desired for some people. They do have options and various choices now. Where I live and online there sre medical research libraries. They are free except if one has a membership to borrow books or make copies.

This way is seful to finding out about various treatments, druge, and they usually have a holistic section also.



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To the older but much wiser people, you have inspired me to the MAX!! You all seem to have more energy than my kids (ranging from 25 to 32). I'm 55 and rarely get out of bed!! Granted I have some medical issues, but probably nothing short from others and some much worse. I have exercised with Jack Lalaine since I was a kid. I remember it was in black and white. Not sure if it was reruns I was watching, but I have been addicted to exercising since I was young and was always very thin. I am going through menopause,a natural woman transition, but new to me. I gained 30 pounds in 3 months and I was already bigger than ever, prior at 180 (although carried it ok at 5'8"). The dr's throw so many meds at most and i realized for me, even with eating right, no drinking, exercising like a guru, no smoking most of my life( at 16 I was thin as a rail, 135 most of my adult life until 2006 I was put on more meds and was hospitalized for dehyration). Then a lightbulb suddenly hit me. Could the pounds be coming on ( about 10 a year) have something to do with all the meds and the chronic fatigue from the meds?) So, my point is, maybe it's not laziness for everyone, it could be medicinal. I talked to my doctor and explained to him, just as i am explaining to you, and he changed my bp medication. Within the next week I lost 13 pounds. That was interesting I didn't think ANYONE could lose that much in such a short time. So that was very motivating. I agree, once you really put all you have into exercising and healthy eating, as I did, and did not lose an ounce, only gained, I KNOW others thought of me as being lazy, but what I was, was depressed. I was doing everything more than right, and nothing was happening and that was very frustrating. So, I thought about the problem, came up with a possible answer, saw my physician and he took me very seriously. It wasn't normal exercising and eating like i did and still gain weigh ( 10 or more from 2006 till now). Some meds slow the metabolism like mine did. I was taking tenormen a beta blocker, which slows the pulse. When running on the treadmill at the gym, i could barely get my pulse over 120. That's CRAZY. I know this thread is "how to love being active." We all want that! But with some people, like me, meds make us exhausted or very fatigued. Talk to your dr. It may be time to switch up on meds. It's worth a try and it may make you feel better and healthier. It did for me. I feel like a different person. I salute the "Jack Lalaine" generation. He was addicted! And a serious guy. Once you start exercising it will be hard, I won't lie. Give it a month and you will be addicted too. I hope this helps some, this thread helped me. Thanks for that!

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Wonderful ideas. Yep. Gonna just doit! emoticon

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Under construction! Right now I admit that I'm lazy. That's how I came to be in this condition after all. All of you are so inspirational though, that I will have to give it a try at least. emoticon



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that sounds fun Corey. Seems your very active.

Can you reset your Spark tracker as if it's another day, or just do sets of the 120 minutes? You could ask the company. If it does steps though... your saying it will only do such and such steps ???

The rest of you, this is one of the more intersting threads on Spark. I'm enjoying your ideas. emoticon



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I think about all the lofty things I like to do: stand on top of mountains, kayak, and move fast during a regatta. Then I realizes there is a lot of mundane stuff that goes into the success of things that really matter to me. What I hate about the fitness tracker is that it only tracks up to 120 minutes a day. When we hike, we hike anywhere between 10 and 20 miles, and we can be hiking for 12 hours or more.
The fitness reports help me track my true goal, but it would be nice to have an accurate tracker, even if I only get points for the first 120 minutes.



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I love the way I feel when I am active. My mind is sharper, I am able to do more physically than when I choose to be stagnant. I just always start out with "I will do what I can do" aiming for 15 minutes then doing 60 by saying "just 5 more minutes"....music is a huge motivator for me. I get pounding tunes that make me move, and sweat. It is all about choice. You choose to do it, or you choose not to do it. I also like the comparison to filling your tank with gas, brushing your teeth. It is an essential part of being healthy. Great topic!



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Today I will walk in the cold with appropriate clothing and drink more water. I tend to get dehydrated easily in the winter! Make up your mind to go outside when the weather is cold!
And let me know how you felt afterwards...
Go girls! (and boys too)

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I was shocked to hear this quote from Jack Lalanne, "I work out for two hours every morning, seven days a week -- even when I'm traveling. I hate it. But I love the result! That's the key, baby!" The fitness guru actually said he "hates" to exercise! But the end result is his motivation to do it anyway. Ironically, this is the same mindset as drug addict. I'm sure a heroin addict doesn't relish the idea of sticking a needle in his/her arm, but they will do it - repeatedly - to get the end result of the high. Addiction requires repeated use or exposure to something. So go ahead...repeatedly expose yourself to exercise and get addicted! emoticon



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good for you. And do you like the Spark tracker?



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I think the hardest thing about being active is exercising to something I don't like. I discovered that I loved doing step aerobics because it keeps my mind active and there are a lot of dance like moves in it. I also love to go outside when the weather allows, so if I can get outside, I usually get about 15,000+ steps in for the day. So, choose what you like. If you don't like the something, don't do it. It just makes it harder!

I also reward myself when I reach a goal like getting myself a new exercise bra or shorts, something like that.

Also I read that if you just smile, it makes it easier. So you might try that also!!

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i'm thinking of buying some nice workout clothes... that might help me :p



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Today I'm going to pretend clutter removal is an Olympic event and include a lot of squats while I'm picking things up. Clothes put away will be like an obstacal course!

Life is what you make of it.


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That's a great thought, I've always stopped exercising in winter, because it's too cold out, I'm going outside today for a walk in the cold

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one could always try dvd from sit and be fit or do video game fitness or walking at home DVD and invite a friend over to distract oneself from realizing that someone is actually exercising.


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that's a good start! Keep it up! Goodie emoticon



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Winter makes me want to be more active (because I hate sweating and heat). We'll see how I do in the summer. Hopefully my habit will be so ingrained by the time it hits 80 out that I'll be unstoppable.


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Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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I was fairly active til winter then that stopped that. And i didnt feel like exercising. So i made up my mind i will exercise at least 10 minutes a day or 20 - 30 minutes several times a week when i cant get out. Making the habit got me back to wanting to exercise. WANTING to is really an accomplishment for me.


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Thank you for sharing. This insight mirrors exactly what I am going through now on my journey to a less sedentary (okay lazy) lifestyle. I used to be so active (cheerleading, basketball, softball, swimming) - then nothing! I am trying to determine at what stage in my life I stopped caring about activities and became complacent with less movement.



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I think we all have been lazy at some times in our lives. I just make exercise and work become more fun than sitting around, which I am good at. I still allow myself sitting time, but it is becoming less.



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great conversation, you have some thoughtful things to consider. Thanks emoticon



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Pierson51 - Spot on! I'm going to use this for housecleaning (now, there's an activity I hate) - to keep me moving, keep me motivated, and get 'er done in less time.

I also like the 'give me 10 minutes' philosophy.

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I like the idea of non-food treats. Now to figure out what they should be!
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I liked your message. And, 30 or 45 minutes from now, you could be finished with an exercise routine. Even if it is not "exercise", any task when performed with purpose becomes healthy movement.



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I don't like to exercise either, so I've been incorporating things I like and can live with into small changes. When I walk my dogs, now I target one walk with just the young dog and we go hard and fast. Sometimes I have to drag my butt out on that walk but once I get going I never regret it. And I always go farther and faster with a friend.

Teach yourself a dance, run your TV on bike power, park half a mile from work, whatever works. I'm thinking of mashing up stationary biking with knitting.

Its one part finding what you like, and one part hard work. If it was easy we'd all be thin. Try not to think about the dread of doing it for life, you have to brush your teeth and clean your house for life too but you aren't spending time dreading brushing your teeth for life. You just do it one day at a time because its right and you love yourself and want healthy teeth. Its the same with exercise.



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ASCHU2 You are an awesome inspiration for me! I really enjoyed this post from you and your words of wisdom! Your stats are equally impressive and I feel a renewed sense of Hope! I have been a member for a while but have fallen off the wagon. I just received my new SPAT and started using it yesterday! I AM INVESTING IN MYSELF!!!!! Thanks again! emoticon

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When you ask about a mind trick, my question would be if your parents encouraged you to be that way or if there was a wound of some sort emotionally or a decision that you made some where along the road?

If there is something faulty in the way you are thinking about it, I think you need to figure it out and consciously change that thinking.

I come from the same problem and had parents who wanted me to "sit still" and I wanted to be the "good little girl who sat still" and I also avoided activities out of shame and fear of not being able to do them. Other times, I chose to sit and feel sorry for myself and eat comfort food, which was an easy decision, because I felt emotionally and physically exhausted and had a thought process of "I can't do this." All of those thoughts had to be changed for me to want to move.

Right now, I love the gym and love walking and want to do more, mostly because I have found a safe place to work out where I am not being judged or bullied or put down for my weight. That helped the most.

Results helps more, but in the midst of the process I had to overcome the "I am working this hard and am not seeing good results" thoughts and replace them with thoughts of "If I stick with it this time, I really will get there, giving up is why things didn't work in the past."

The Biggest Loser helped me, because if I can learn to love it and stick with my one hour a day or go up to two hours of fun activities, I could really do this faster than I think.

Trying to lose by lowering calories is so much harder for me than increasing activities, so I have come to love that I can find ways to move throughout the day and not have to feel deprived food wise.



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I love cardio-kickboxing and my step class! I was so scared whenever I first started my step class. I was afraid that it would hurt (lol)...which at first it did. But I've built up on myself and now, I love the challenge!!



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Like so many others, I think it just happens over time. The hate (for me it was pretty near hate) eventually dulls to a mild dislike, then neutrality, then appreciation, and I'm getting to loving it these days! It's turning to love because after years and years of doing the work doing something I didn't hate/didn't mind - I tried something new and loved it!

For years, I've been on the elliptical and walking. Occasionally running - not because I love running itself but because I love the way running makes me feel. But about 6 months ago I decided I would try a spin class and a boxing class. I never made it to the boxing class because I fell so hard for spin! I am shocked to say that I love it. I look forward to going. When things weren't going well at work, my coworker offered to take me out for a drink - but I signed up for spin class instead and it was amazing! I'm not even that good at it - but I love it anyway, which is really saying something. My body is transforming.

The more I become active, the more active I want to be. I'm seeing all these things in a new light now. I always saw ads of active people and thought, "that's not for me!" but now... I'm starting to want to try them.

This is really all to say that eventually - you'll find what you love doing more than being lazy if you keep looking. Who knows, maybe you'll love fencing? or salsa dancing? or hockey? Everyone was right when they said: start small but keep your mind open.

Best of luck in finding something you enjoy!



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We are finally not below zero for a few days but it still snowing. Not walking again till spring. I am not doing yoga or Pilates right now I will get back to it.

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Way to go IWANTOLOSE for your loss of 67 lbs!

I walked today finally and really enjoyed it, now to do it every day, a little further each time. emoticon

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I walk in the garden and pull weeds and prepare them for spring

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emoticon I too have a rebellious streak and music seems to get me moving though. Dancing at home is the best when I don't want to move. Once I put the music on, I catch my self moving anyway.

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Outstanding advice! emoticon

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Fifi Thank you!!! I've been "planning" on going for a walk today. I just bought a spark tracker 10 days ago and it has been real cool. Twice I walked after work to get in my goal steps. It just took walking a bit in the hall way of my condo complex; not a big deal. Last week I went on a 3 mile walk and it was fun to get my trophie. I figured that would be cool to do today but part of me is "stuck" on couch and thinking about how sore I was a few days later. But I really want to have more stamina and that's not going to happen by sitting still. I like the idea of 'being lazy but doing it anyway" but more so I appreciate what you said about just doing it and then having a treat. OK off I go. I HEARD you I'M Walking already!! thanks emoticon emoticon

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So much amazing advice on here. :) emoticon emoticon

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Good question. Inertia works both ways. Once you break out of it, so long as you keep going, you,re on your way. The goal is to find what you like doing and do it. On the way, the first step is, get over yourself!
Who cares whether you like exercise or not?
Diddums!
You need to move, so start with something easy for you to do, Gillian Michaels has free walks on her website. You can do this at once, I MEAN right after you have read this post,, so make an appointment to do it three times in week 1, four in week 2, 5 in week 3 & 6 in week 4. Mark it on your diary and if you have to miss a session, reschedule it. Tick each session off - I started with a star chart for motivation. Reward yourself in advance by getting an activity tracker. I'm a FitBit fan & it records my activity on Spark, but the SPAT hooks you up to this great community site, too.
Who cares if you like it or not, make sure you check your activity -and reward yourself.
I built in a reward system for myself. Possibly the most effective one is this: buy or make yourself a really wonderful shower gel and after shower lotion. Immediately after you have exercised and completed your stretches, shower with this stuff. As you revel in the hot shower and delicious smells, think of how good you feel and congratulate yourself on your activity. Go to town on thinking about how the activity is benefitting you. Never use the gel for other occasions, only for post exercise ablutions.
Others have also mentioned the endorphins. You,re not likely to get them doing gentle exercise, so while you are building up your stamina and basic fitness, start thinking about what you can do that is a bit more intense. Then do it. Once you get the endorphins, exercising will have the same grip on you that sitting round on your butt does now.
So, in brief, who cares that you're lazy, act like you aren't, and you can stay lazy forever and be active too.
Start any kind of activity NOW. If you can't stand it, find something else but keep up with the one you hate until you substitute it. And BTW, you're not a baby, exercise is important so quit whinging and get on with it!
Reward yourself immediately after exercise.
Make some kind of motivating game out of it, even if you think that is a hokey thing to do.

Worked for me, and it'll work for you.
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great responses on this conversation, Thanks everybody! emoticon

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I often feel that people who don't like exercise haven't actually done enough to realise they like it. Same goes with running :-) I'm sure that's not true for everyone but I think the keys are finding lots of things you like doing, can do easily and can afford. If there's lots of forms of exercise you like even if you don't feel like doing one on a particular day you can do something else. And if you think you don't like doing something give it at least 2 weeks. I don't like exercise that requires coordination but if you do something long enough you become more coordinated at it and then I find I start to like it.

And the other key is just doing it anyway. Even if I don't want to exercise I always feel better if I do. There are some days I have absolutely no desire but am usually happy I that I've done it. I find writing out a schedule in advance helps getting me out and doing it :-)

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Getting to love it meant getting out and doing it no matter how much I hated it. After a time, depends on what you call short, for me it was months, I discovered I could do things that were once impossible, like walking more than a mile. And I found that sitting on my butt in front of the idiot box was driving me nuts. I had to be moving.

Just doing it. The adage of "Just give me 10 minutes." was enough. When I said that to myself, it was never ever just 10 minutes.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi


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I just read your wonderful response, and wondered if you might send me the links you mentioned: Save Your Bones, and Balance and Core Strength for Middle Age-to Seniors by the University of Oregon. Will be much appreciated, Thanks.....and Happy New Year!



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SHKIRK, you mention going and doing things like riding bikes, jumping rope or playing with your kids when you were younger, but now you only say the word exercise. Can you think of playing something instead of some form of exercise? That is what they have had on ads on TV and I think even articles on SP. When we grow up we don't think of it as play anymore, but as exercise or "work." Maybe if you can find something you enjoy like the Wii or bowling or something you won't hate it so much. I would love to be able to play something on Wii or go bowling again. I agree with the "exercise" though, that I hate those things. I tried to afford the Wii (used), but had to take it back cause I needed the money. I had played it at a friend's and had a blast with it.

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I have been on SP x2 years now. I still dislike excercise.I think I truly have a psych problem. I am not a dumb person and I can not even spell excercise w/o looking at a copy of the word I have on my work desk !! I am up to walking a mile now...but I still dislike doing stuff (I use the word dislike because I hate using the word hate in any way, but it does best describe how I feel) i really wish there was a way I could get over this feeling of dread I get each time I think about its time to excercise. I have co-workers i walk w/ but I will never tell anyone how I feel because in the pass when I did they think they are helping me by pushing me to walk which make me rebel more. So I have my battle everytime w/ myself..sometimes I win other not but all in all I mustard up enough whatever it is to walk most days of the week. I do it because I need to be healthy and I know I need to excercise to be healthy. As a kid i rode bikes ,jumped rope and we walkied up and down the street all day going to each others house. As an adult I walked my kids to the park and we played for hours. i do not know when this DISLIKE for excercise started or if I can get it to stop but I will keep pushing myself to get it in my day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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when I first started exercising, my thought process was "I *have* to go to the gym today.", or "I *ought* to do X amount of whatever. until I established a regular routine of going to the gym and/or working out at home, I stayed in that rut.

over time, my attitude became "I'd *like* to go the gym today", or "I *want* to try this or that activity." this gradually morphed into "Yippeee! I'm working out ... this is GREAT!" and I'd get mad if some work issue or family problem came up that prevented me from following thru.

so I guess this shift in thinking was because I started to feel better and plus by then, being active built discipline and confidence. there was no more of "I'm too tired ... too busy, or whatever".


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sounds like your making some great improvements! Super! emoticon



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I don't know if this is a mind trick to exercising everyday, but it's something I've read, and...I GET IT. It's sinking in, and helping me stay active most everyday, even if it's something as simple as stretching or walking I try and do something everyday. Treat exercise as you would treat anything you do daily, brushing your teeth, showering, going to work, or whatever you do everyday because it is a necessity. You don't find the time to go to work, or do your daily hygiene, it's on your schedule of life, you just do it! Well, it's the same with exercise, you don't find time to exercise, you make it, you schedule it, and you do it, just as you would your job and personal hygiene. Just like going to work, there's going to be good days and bad days, but you don't quit or not show up. You show up daily, and you get it done! You can't let exercise be an option, it must be a necessity to life.

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I don't think I would worry about exercise beyond the first week if I were looks focused for it. What's amazing to me is that I slipped on the ice today and didn't get hurt and that I haven't gotten hurt slipping on anything lately. I sprained my foot back in April but for someone who had gotten used to spraining something every time she slipped that's a big thing.


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I never imagined this post would cause such a stir! All the advice everyone has given me has been very inspiring. It has made me not dread having to live actively, and its made me realize a few key points; Once you start, you do learn to enjoy it and it becomes like putting your pants on in the morning, if you dont do it you feel off! i've discovered my two tricks that are keeping me active so far (even if its very little activity i do that day, its something) i've found an end goal activity i want to work towards and watching videos and reading articles about said activity keeps me going and reminds me why it is im doing it. Before, the only reason i worked out was because i wanted to look good, so if i didnt feel like exercising i could justify it with, well who cares? i dont care what i look like and anyone who doesnt like it can shove off! but now, i have discovered a passion to get activee and strong to learn gymnastics and free running. Yes this will be quite a journey for me considering how out of shape i am, but the human body is an amazing thing capable of transforming in amazing ways. I was always the kid that had to watch the other young girl do cartwheels and flip and tumble and play while i sat doing nothing cuz i was too heavy. I was always the one they came to for piggy back rides. I was always the weight, the anchor. I never participated. So now, my motivation is i have to get strong and work out every day so that i can be fit enough to free run without hurting myself. While i still have setbacks on my diet, i have kept running and doing my stength training with my end goal in mind. I've never been able to experience anything like that, never in my life, so i have a need to prove to myself that i can. So i guess i just needed something to look towards :)



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I'm so sorry to hear about your health hardships.... really my heart goes out to you emoticon

There is a website called, Save your Bones. The lady is a nutritionist and they have something called dancerize. While, you may or may not want to do the rest of the program, there are excises that one can do with this condition.

There is also another one for Balance and Core Strength developed for Middle Age to Seniors by the University of Oregon.

Let me know, if you want me to send a link for these resources.

For various reasons, I have chosen to do parts of their programs. emoticon



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o boy, I like your perspective of getting to do it, than have to do it... I'll have to work on this. emoticon



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I have been reading all the comments on here trying to get motivated. I used to be active, having a horse and dogs. Since I had cancer, though, I have been really lazy. I joined SP and was tracking my meals and exercise, but I haven't been too motivated lately. I had been doing things I enjoyed like playing some sports (by myself -- basketball and tennis off the wall since I have no friends to do anything with) and Zumba at the rec center and swimming. The pool is too far away for me to go to very often, as are the Zumba classes. I also did bowling, but can't afford that anymore. There are other things I would like to do, like ice skating, but I am afraid to since I have osteopenia after the cancer treatments and biking, which I can't because of my back so I sold my bike. I am going to keep reading the comments here and see what all I can do from here and try to wake up enough to get motivated. Many ideas on here look good.

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I agree with what's been said. For me, I just had to do it and it because something I liked. I still don't love it but sometimes I do look forward to it. It's a hard change but if you can just do something simple most days of the week, you'll see a change.



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BE4JON that's an excellent idea!!!


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Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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I so agree with you Be4 I like your idea.

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I love my cardio exercise. I love turning up my music and moving to the beat, I let myself get completely engrossed with the music and my exercise session becomes more of a crazy meditation than anything else. I try to use my mind to stay relaxed and control my heart rate and my breathing. I usually end up working out harder and longer than I first planned on.

There are two ways of thinking: Either you "get to do it" or you "have to do it". Getting to do it is always way more fun. The choice is yours.

I get to do this!


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I keep motivated by signing up for things. For example, in April there is a 5K run that costs $20. I registered for it as soon as possible. It keep me in the mindset that I have to keep training to be successful. I didn't pay $20 just to do anything short of my best.

At my gym, they have a body fat analysis every other week. I make sure I make time to go to that. Like that, if I plan on going- it keeps me motivated. I am not going to take (incredibly valuable) time out of my day just to find out that I haven't been successful in the past two weeks.

Everybody gets motivated differently. It depends on what the end goal is. Some people want to fit into that size 6 dress, others want to improve heart health, and I want to run a half-marathon by May.



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Too true. Make it a habit and get it done. I don't like exercise. I like what it does for me.

" ...what lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies wthin us." (Emerson)


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Both of you are correct. Sometimes we do learn to love exercise, something not, but doing it makes us feel better and gewt morte accomplished. emoticon



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Be4jon
I like your "favorite music" as an exercise motivator. I am going to give that thought & plan a specific time to begin to do a workout video tomorrow using my favorite music with the Eagles or Whitesnake to help me MOVE.
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ANGELCITYGAL hit the nail on the head. Don't worry about loving it. I run, but I don't love it. In fact, the part that I like most is when I hit the "end workout" button on my tracker once it is over. But, I try to stay in the mindset that it is necessary. It is like paying taxes, I have to do it or the fallout if bad. Once you carve out a set time, and do it consistently, you won't love it it, but you will LOVE to get it done. Just like I would if it were a job. You don't have to love, you just have to DO it!!!



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My favorite music motivates me more than anything else.

I get to do this!


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Don't wait to love it. Do it because it's an essential part of life. Do you love putting gas in your car? Brushing your teeth? Washing dishes? No, probably not, but you do them without angst because they are essential. When activity is in that same category in your mind, it's really freeing.

~Jennie ~

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
-- J. London

Started DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (book by Marla Heller, M.S., R.D.) on 3/8/2013.
Lost 40 lbs total and reached goal weight on 10/23/2013. Practicing maintenance (through setbacks) with commitment and enthusiasm!


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jibbie49; marthroid; fittereveryday; you all had emoticon ideas! I work so much better w/ music and I like to do my workout 1st thing in the morning, I push a little harder when I do. I think after a couple of months of having to push myself it will just be habit; and I need some Good habits!

Always move forward


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two workouts today
5k run 43 minutes and I increased my speed on the treadmill from 3.5 to 5 so psyched because I went back to the gym and did weights for my chest, triceps, and shoulders.
Now watching the biggest losers and I am so ready to be the biggest loser in my life, grrr!

God is faithful! He is with me! www.facebook.com/thevictoryoverweigh
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Unless I am sick enough to be in bed you can bet I'll do a little something. That's all it takes, a little bit, one day at a time.


~Kelly~

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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