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10/19/14 10:33 P

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Thanks for the suggestions. My doctor says that I am doing too much when I have pain in my hips. I also do interval training(walking & jogging).

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10/19/14 2:50 P

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I have discovered that when I exercise, I feel good. When I don't exercise, I feel awful. So it isn't hard for me to find the motivation to get to the gym. It's really not even much about weight loss for me at this point--I do it because it makes the rest of my life better.

A couple of suggestions:

1. Make it a habit. I pretty much go straight from work to the gym every day. It's just normal/a routine. Having the right system with the correct gear and a packed gym bag helps.

2. Make a weekly exercise plan. I write mine on my weekly calendar so that I can see what I have committed to do for the week and which exercises classes fit with the rest of my schedule. Make exercise an appointment that you have to show up for, like any other appointment.

3. Work with your body rhythms, not against them. I was never able to make exercise a daily habit when I tried to do it in the morning. I am very much not a morning person. When I exercise later in the day, it's easy to stick with it. Find what works for you.

4. Go to the gym with a friend, take classes with a social element, get family involved in active activities--find some way to make exercise social.

5. Participate in challenges and set goals. Sign up for a 5K, a hike, a dance marathon--whatever will get you focused on working toward a fitness goal.

6. Make sure that you have the right equipment. Good shoes are important. A good bra/support is necessary. Do not underestimate the power of a cute outfit! Having something to wear to exercise that makes you feel good can help--baggy sweat pants and floppy oversized tees are not motivating.

If you are not experiencing an endorphin high, you might not be exercising hard enough or long enough. Walking may not cut it for you.

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10/19/14 1:15 A

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Help. I have no energy. Everyone says that if you just get out there and start walking you will get in the mood for it. That is not working for me today. All these months I have been exercising I have not been energized by it, just tired. What it is? Can anyone help? emoticon

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The past few days have been hard for me to motivate myself to get up and go, but I decided to take them off.



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I do pretty good during the week getting up and going. But the weekends I beg to get some much needed sleep. So the going is in slow gear.

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


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9/29/14 1:12 P

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I am sitting at my computer feeling despondent this morning. I know that if I was to get active I would likely feel better but for some reason I still sit here. Ironically reading Sparkpeople may contribute to that. At least I am doing something constructive! Yeah right!
I have come up with an idea that may work. I am going to volunteer to walk dogs at the Humane Society. I love dogs but can't have any at home as I rent and the landlord doesn't allow animals so this is a way to get around that plus help others.
So why am I sitting here? Good question. Talk to you later



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Good question! -- I find that most of my "battles" are won or lost in my head.

Most of the time, once I get to the gym, it is worth having done so!
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Keeping my goals in mind. I visualize the body I want or the finish line of an event I want to do. In the end though I simply am honest with myself about "which do I want more? To avoid this work-out or to be vibrant, alive, healthy and active?"



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Going through the Sparkpeople website features and fitness articles helps me to get up and go. I'm reading this message board to get myself up and going. I'd like to get to the gym and do some stretching as well as take the dog for a walk.

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Personally, I plan to work out seven days a week but only typically do it five days. That's because I've set a personal rule that I can give myself a break twice a week. That doesn't mean the other five days of the week, I'm fired up and ready to go to it! I make myself do it because it's best for physical health and I treat it like brushing teeth.

I have no idea where the quote came from, but a few years ago, I read that exercise is like brushing teeth. In the morning, I'd never consider leaving the house without brushing (morning breath inflicted on coworkers? Oh no!) There are evenings when I'm so tired, I do not want to do anything but crawl into bed...but part of my bedtime routine, no matter how exhausted I am, is brushing my teeth. The few times I've tried skipping it at night, I can't get comfortable until I get up and brush them. It's not that I love brushing my teeth, it's just something I do because it's important if I want to avoid dental problems. Likewise, exercise is important to avoid unwanted pounds for vanity reasons, as well as associated health risks. So, when I get in a funk and just want to lounge around, I make myself just like I make myself brush my teeth before crawling between the sheets.

It helps to have exercises that I can do while lounging. I have a recumbent exercise bike in my living room for that purpose. It's not as intense a workout as I prefer, but if it's that or parking my backside on the sofa, at least it's something. I try to only do that once or twice a week, though, as it's tough to get my heart rate elevated high enough on that thing, but at least I can have the best of both worlds - zone out to a TV show and burn a few calories at the same time.

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Mini-goal: 24.9 BMI (about 136 lb)
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8/27/14 9:15 A

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I have learned that I tell my body what to do. If I tell it to get up and go it does, if I tell it is okay to lay in bed until I no longer have time to go to the gym, it will do that too.

I used to be at the gym 5 days a week at 5am. Then I was diagnosed with arthritis in my knees and type 2 diabetes. I let myself have a 2 year (almost) pity party. Well enough. I am back at the gym and my body will get up and go every morning, because I tell it to.

No matter how slow I am moving, I am still lapping the guy on the couch!


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When I have an off day I like to stay in my pajamas a little longer. It's getting dressed and shoes on makes it easier to get closer to the door. Or at least to the stretching and bending activities just to have a cleaner house for the day.

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


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I'm glad you're walking your dog. Even if that's all you do on a given day you have done right by the being you are responsible for, so in my book that's something to be proud of.

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just do it

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I agree with making workout a habit, usually try to work out every morning.

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Habit is stronger than motivation. Laziness is stronger than both.

I go to the gym on three pre-defined days a week. I work a program that has my workouts for the next ten months all laid out. I work out after work, and half the time I don't realize I've taken the route to the gym until I'm halfway there. That's the habit part. If I miss a workout, I have to rearrange my entire schedule spreadsheet, and that's a pain in the butt - that's the laziness part.

Make a habit out of something and, if you're like me, eventually missing a day will become more stressful and anxiety-provoking than going to the gym.



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I hit the 10,000 steps per day every day but I am a nurse and my steps aren't intense. I'm going to take a 5,000 step walk (just to the top of the hill on my street) and see how I feel after that.

My 10,000 steps are just what I do, they aren't quality steps.

Need to add something to them!! Maybe a lunge or two when nobody is looking!!

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4/25/14 10:19 A

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I say Either I go now or forget it and i don't have the ability to forget it so I go!! Also with the Spark I got I want to hit 10,000 steps a day and if I don't go to the gym I won't be able to hit that cause my job is sedentary.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see - HEBREWS 11:1


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During the school day I force myself to get a minimum of 1000 steps per hour...if I can't get them in one hour I must play catch up... and I usually do...

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4/25/14 5:37 A

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I've been sparking on and off for nearly 4 years now and I'll admit my exercise routines fluctuate - life changes, children grow, jobs move, fitting it all in is hard work! What I have found is that sometimes fitting in a workout is just not possible - be it motivation or just plain lack of time! So I've worked hard to make the things I have to do more energetic - I now cycle to work (and really push myself hard at that and enjoy it), and I walk the kids to school and back. I walk to the shops whenever I can. At the moment I'm lucky and have a running buddy who only lives 2 doors away. She and I motivate each other - especially on those cold damp mornings when I'd never go out on my own! :-) Perhaps you could make your dog hikes more energetic by jogging them?

I also try not to beat myself up about it. Yes, I'll agree with many other replies here, once I get started I usually enjoy the exercise, but I also know that some days it's more important to spend that hour with my kids rather than pounding the streets on my own feeling miserable.

Personally if I force myself to do something for too long I just get frustrated and quit completely. Whatever you do needs to be sustainable - if you're never going to want to exercise at the level you "think" you should be then you'll never keep it up. Choose a different level, adjust your food and balance your life so you can feel happy with it.

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As a knitter, I really like that idea!! Thank you.

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
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Lately I've been so over scheduled by my kids that it has been hard to make time, but I tie working out to some reward. I knit, so I promised myself that when I ,ve run 50 miles (I track it in a little book) I can cast on that new sweater I've been dying to start. I has helped me squeeze out an extra half mile at times!



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Motivation is just the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.

but we're adults, we take medicine cause we need it - we shouldnt have to trick ourselves into doing what we know dang well needs to be done.

Waiting for motivation is a crutch, a way to procrastinate.

Do what you said you were gonna do cause you said you were gonna do it and you aren't a wishy washy liar who punks out on her own goals.

are you?



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I workout with friends and that seems to help. That way I get up and go !!!!!!!!



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This is a very good advice. I also get into my workout attire and even when I procrastinate it reminds me that I will have to get out sooner or later. Really helps. Also helps to get new music on my iPhone and then use the run/walk time to listen to it. What helps me most is getting a few sessions with a personal trainer now and then. Sometimes local gyms will have a promotion ....

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This has probably been said already, but I like to get right into my workout clothes. During the work week, I'll often come home and change into workout clothes before I even start dinner or do anything else. Or if it's a weekend I put on workout clothes right when I get up unless I have to go somewhere else first. Makes it easier. I also talk myself into it. I start right away telling myself "I'm going to run ____ miles today" or "I need to make sure I make time for _____." Really helps if you tell yourself this is something you must do today!



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Feeling stronger every day. I'm sleeping better, eating better, thinking better. Good eating and exercise - what a concept!

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I just had an epiphany yesterday driving into work! I was singing in my head because I didn't turn on the radio yet and I was singing "the best day of my life" not sure if that is the title but it has been stuck in my head and I decided that I am going to live like its the best day of my life no matter what from now on because who knows maybe it is!! It has been really pushing me mentally to hit my goals especially 10,000 steps with my spark I am determined if i hit that it was the best day of my life so far!! I hit 11,400+ yesterday and I am going to match or surpass that today!!!

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Thinking of all the pictures that are going to be taken of me in my wedding dress. Yikes!



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Seeing all the spring and summer clothes in the stores helps motivate me. I love to shop emoticon

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I'm feeling sore and in pain, but I went out for a 10 minute just to get some in.

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


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Use visual imagery to see yourself exercising and having fun.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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Take a realistic look at myself in my full length mirror at all angles.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” ~Johann von Goethe


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Two days in a row of taking advantage of the 3-consecutive-day free guest pass at upscalegymfullofyoungpeople.com, and my knees took a hit, and have been in pain for hours.

Yup, this is the shadow side of exercising daily; and something not mentioned much around this site. I don't have torn meniscus or arthritis--just diabetes, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis--so the inflammation problems are easy for me to obtain.

This may sound counterintuitive, but my best solution to the problem is my Denise Austin dvd.

I really thought, being a gaunt, confident-appearing old lady in tennies, would not attract their attention at upscalegymfullofYOUNGpeople.com ... but I was WRONG!

Hey, if I'd had the bank account for BOTH personal trainers AND the upscale gym membership AT THE SAME TIME, I never would have left this gym chain 6 years ago and never rejoining any gym, for that matter ...

Common sense, much?

In addition to being a little easier on the knees, the 2-D moving image of Denise (even though I've avoided her for decades ... I recently did work out with the Denise Austin of pilates [via .wmv file], Amy Brown) will not bug me about "personal training" ...


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I decided to make exercise a DAILY HABIT many many years ago...and I've been working out first thing every morning for close to 10 years now.

Once I accepted that I needed to exercise every single day, for the rest of my life, if I wanted to stay healthy--then it just became a part of my daily life. Like brushing my teeth, or taking a shower. I get up--get the kids to school, and hit my treadmill.

And if I have days where I need to be at an early-morning appointment, I throw on my workout clothes the minute I get home. I never skip a day. Even when I start feeling a cold coming on, I still exercise.

It makes me feel better--physically, mentally & emotionally! I feel ready to face life every day after a workout. And knowing that exercise makes me a better wife, a better mother, and better person--that's all the motivation I need!

It Is What It Is.... :)


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I listen to Spark People Radio podcast. I become instantly refocused to living better.

Holly/Texas. Time Zone: CST; Don't do anything today you can't maintain for the rest of your life; Studies show a mere 11 minutes of weight training 3 times a week is enough to reduce your body fat and raise your metabolism.


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When exercising you have to just keep moving one foot at a time.


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I have an instragram and I only follow fitness pages. I look at my feed when I don't feel like working out and I see all these before and afters and motivating posters...and then I am like "Ok..I can have this too, lets go!"



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@ZURICHMAN, depends your motivation.

I seek a sense of stillness and meaning, from my cardio, my mind-body and conscious dance that I do. Even if it must be intense cardio--e.g. in my cardio belly dance, sensuousness and spirituality are never far from my motivations. Ditto cardio such as swimming ... and what little is left ... I had a guest pass to upscalegymfullofyoungpeople.com ... I could not find the classic equipment that is forgiving of my knee and foot problems. So I had to make do with "The Gauntlet" (and I'm gaunt enough--this is the stepmill for my cardio concerns--NOT for weight loss!) .... I think amongst the other things I did, it overshot the mark by a hair ...

But centered after working out? Yes!

Endorphin rush? or Runner's high? You gotta be kidding me. That had been catch as catch can for years ... except when my system had been NORMAL and I had been very novice at swimming. But when what you do is technique-driven, the more you can do the more you wanna do ... and out goes some of that feeling and in comes strain ... though YMMV


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I couldn't find anything that made me consistently exercise until I got the SparkPeople Activity Tracker April 5. I feel such deep satisfaction when I get all the lights to light. It's to the point now that I want to get them all to light first thing in the morning so that any points from normal life are just a bonus. I already gained the confidence to walk in my first 5K! Wow!

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I find my motivation in the weather and in music. I do better when is sunny and cool, not cold outside, even if I work out indoors. I haven't been able to work out for 2 weeks because of a nasty cold and a nasty weather, they go hand in hand. But I am happy to announce that I reached my goal of 150 pounds before my birthday, so, thanks to being sick and not eating that much and the lack of exercise, I was still able to reach my goal. emoticon

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I guess I can consider myself lucky in that I get that natural high(endorphins kicking in) every time I work out. Sure makes it easier.

When exercising you have to just keep moving one foot at a time.


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I finally did exercise. I did a grueling self-sequenced workout at home in addition to the short video in my downloads. Together it was lengthy.

I had just a handful of prepaid classes left at exercise studio. This one I took, cardio mixed with mind-body (lots of barre in there) functioned as all of the following: a shot-in-the-arm, a benchmark, a springboard to my own adaptations of those moves; along with an added plus ... the teacher was very happy at my progress (not at all directly visible to her in a sea of regulars who have the money to go to frequent studio [or gym, for that matter] classes), and my performance at class ...


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I like to watch this on YouTube. Always works!
Warhawk Matt Scott in Nike 'No Excuses' Commercial

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I'm a bit strange I get motivated by the TLC show My 600lb Life. Even with the surgery there is still a lot of personal push to get it off. You don't just sit back and watch the weight come off and these people go though quite a bit sometimes to make it work. I have one plus against them already, I do not eat fast food. Getting your food from a drive through is just wrong to me. It should be made in your kitchen or at least go in. If I have to eat at one of those restaurants I take the time to go inside and sit down at their table. I try to never be in such a hurry that is my only choice. And I think Dr. Now deserves a medal for his work!



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Fitness magazines motivate me. Reading about other people doing the activities I like to do always makes me want to participate, too. My current favorites are Runner's World, Running Times, and Backpacker. An article or two usually gets me up and out the door. I've found that reading running books has the same effect. Try Born to Run.

I also remind myself how little time exercise actually takes from my day. Four miles = 40 minutes. Then I remind myself how good I'll feel afterwards.

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5 minute mini tasks
when i start making excuses i instead just gt off my butt and start to do it.

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I agree with so many of the previous comments. Perhaps you are just being a bit hard on yourself, because you are clearly exercising with the dog even if you aren't doing other things that you "should" do. Personally, I am not very motivated to take exercise just for the sake of doing exercise: it has to have another purpose as well. So I work a lot in the garden, hacking away at the jungle; I mow a large lawn; I walk two miles a day to go and feed my horse; I ride most days (the exercise is necessary for the horse, if not for me!); and I have occasional bursts of mad house cleaning. All this makes more sense to me than just working out with a video, which wouldn't give me much motivation at all. But I appreciate that I am fortunate in living in the country and having these other "excuses" for exercise... Just don't be too tough on yourself: we all have "slug" days and even weeks -- it is only when it creeps into completely slug months when you cannot even be bothered to walk the dog that you really need to start worrying. Be kinder to yourself, and tomorrow (or the next day, or the day after that) you will wake up feeling that you want to take up the baton again!

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I made a list of what exercises did today 4.16.2014;-) This has been built up over time. I am now in a great routine and love it. I started off by walking 5min on the treadmill and added to it. I have 55 lbs to lose so I need this attack plan. All the workouts are SP.

I make an electronic list then add it to my fitness tracker as I get it done.

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I can relate to the lack of sleep. I work night shift in the ER and feel like I stay sleep deprived. It makes it hard sometimes to stick with exercise and eating healthy. Most of the time I have to make myself "just do it".



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I really honestly have to "just do it"
... too much lately, if I think about it, I don't MOVE. emoticon

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Now that the weather is getting better outside I have about 30 minutes between routes so I get out and walk the track. During the winter when we had the snow and ice I limited my walking outside. The good thing was I was able to do things without the aide of the walker this year. I put on my cleats over my leg brace. So now these feet are walking, slowly navigating the ice spots. So here's to us go-go girls of positive outcomes.

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HEY, SIMONEKP...I like your advice. No excuses, we KNOW what we need to do, we just need to do it.

That said, I battled hard today to make myself exercise. Lack of sleep last night is making me tired, hungry and grumpy today. Lesson learned.

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I do it in the morning before work. I placed my alarm clock on the other side of the room so I have to get up to turn it off. Once I do that I say I might as well just do it.

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Wow!

This is fun!

A medical bill not covered by Obamacare (in its Beta version, the PCIP of 2013), just arrived ... delay the exercise by the 5 or so minutes it takes to pay this bill.

Gillian Cofsky's belly dance video (and my other stuff) hold no candle to THIS ... for now ...

My one saving grace is, I did not work in the red-hot center of this great City for nearly a decade off and on - w/ lengthy commutes and other agendas ... so I can feel like a tourist for very cheap!

I am in too dire straits healthwise to be able to count all the walking I can do with this time, as effective cardio ...

So this is why the rant ...


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I have had far worse fits in my life than the job that laid me off a few weeks ago.

I would have rather been at work. I had really felt empowered (and just like at work) while having done (totally by hand and myself - of course, it was simple-dimple THIS year) my income taxes, following up by phone on the possible railroading into Family Health Plus (averted!), tweaking and retweaking my resume, and evaluating online job leads.

Don't exactly appreciate all this "time to work out" ... so I roughly do about as much as before. I eat a little less that I had.

Work is work. Not-work is not-work; and I'd rather surf the net or clean (parts of) the house. I do NOT do an energetic cleaning. Heaven help me if domestic work is all I could replace my career with !!

Exercise is a chore, and more optional even than any chore when you don't have a maid and a rottenly dirty house (left-over from all those hours spent working, commuting, caretaking of family members, etc.)

That being said, I do it.

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 4/15/2014 (14:23)

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We are kind of coming out of this season(winter and depression). I saw this the other week on Dr. OZ and don't really believe everything on there but could relate to it. I'm a very positive person and my glass is always more than 1/2 full but I do sometimes get down over the winter. He recommended taking a multivitamin with D in it to help with winter depression. I will be trying this next season.

Like others said though it has to be a decision on your part.

Good luck on your journey.
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Had the same issue, I resolved it by telling myself that I have to get up and do my workout (any workout) today that it's not an option.

I know it's not a popular tactic, people can take that as making it a chore, but so is getting up and going to work, some days are better than others, make it a habit that is not an option.



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Lots of good tips and tricks below. Lots of good advice too, however, sometimes in our zeal to be supportive of each other and to be nice, we do each other a great disservice. If the advice isn't good enough for me then it isn't good enough to give to someone else. It doesn't sound like you're ill, getting ill or just need a rest day, it sounds like you need a good swift kick in the pants to get moving. No amount of people telling you it's okay to take the time off if you don't feel like doing or that walking the dog counts is going to get you to your goal. You know what your goals are and what it will take to reach them and only you can take the necessary actions so get up and do it.

That said, getting exercise done in the morning, doing even if you're not in the mood and forming a habit of doing it no matter what, will make it easier when you're not motivated.

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I have a visual in my head of getting and feeling better and that makes me want to go. I have bursitis in my knees and hips and walking helps a lot, I don't have to take pain medication or have ice packs on my legs so that makes it so much more worthwhile emoticon



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For the last 12 weeks I had been so good, barely missing a day of exercise. Now I am on holidays and I had planned to fit in an extra exercise session each day. Instead I seem to be too much in relaxation mode. So I had to talk myself around. I talk myself into just 30 minutes and once I am started I just add another 15 minutes and once there I add another 15 and before I know it I have done 60 minutes exercise.
I too have to reassess my goals and how far I have come so far - this acts as part of my self talk motivation. I also know that the more regularly I exercise the easier it is. Exercise also makes it easier to move with less aches and pains. These are all motivators.
A huge help to me are the walk away the pounds DVDs and my weights. Because I can do these at home anytime I choose, there is no need to have to go walking or go to the gym. However, having said this I also find excuses to walk, for example, on Tuesday afternoons I baby sit my 1 year old granddaughter while my daughter teaches dance. Part of our routine s a walk, that we both love always finishing at the park for a swing. Bonus I exercise nd it's great nana and Hayley time.

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I remember where I started at. I remember the 10lbs weightloss in the last month and a half. I remember how good it feels to workout, that eating right and moving my body won't kill me, and I just do it!!



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My gym friends and I tag each other on Facebook status updates and ask who is going to be at the gym for certain classes. It feels like RSVP'ing to a party, and I would always go to a party if I RSVP'd yes!

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I set up my exercise clothes in the same place before I go to bed. I have exercise tapes that vary in length from 20 -60 minutes, so I can find time to move.

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I wanted to get up early and exercise for a long time but just couldn't get there. I found a walking buddy and we meet 2 mornings a week before work and walk 2+ miles. Having a commitment to meet someone is what I needed to make myself show up. The benefits are amazing. Try to find a workout buddy. Good luck!

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Usually, if you can make the 10 minutes - you're golden because you want 10 more. It just gets in your blood.

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I tell myself just 10 minutes!

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I have a to do list and that helps me

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I try to fit it in at work for 10-20 minutes and usually do more on lunch hour.

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I need to work on getting to be earlier. Staying up late to catch up on series (they're so addictive) makes it so hard for me to get out of my bed in the morning. I was on a good streak when my girlfriend and I committed to walking early in the morning before work and that kept me motivated because we shared a common goal and pushed each other even when the weather wasn't ideal. Maybe involving my children in a walk or two around the block before school will get me on a roll again.



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I usually get up because the light get into my bedroom and my cute doggy wakes up me. And because I have my plan every day. It's important to get up early to finish that!!

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put on some energizing music, dress up and go. this is the most difficult part, so you have to force yourself to do it(if music is loud enough, you won't be able to hear your brain elaborating excuses). think it's IMPOSSIBLE to regret a workout. anything, even a short walk, is better than nothing.

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I am really struggling getting motivated to get moving. I do not have time in the mornings, so it has to be after work. I am always so tired and in pain. I have a health issue with my leg, but know I need to get the weight off to help with the healing. There for I need to get off my fanny and get moving. I am going to start walking after work every day. Even if it is just around the block. Will let you know how it goes. emoticon



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Right now I am trying to get the motivation back that I had in Febuary. I tried and did get a few days in but I had issues with death in the family, snow days and just basically wanting to stay in bed a little bit longer. I didn't get the full 30 minutes in but when I did get going I did about 10-20 minutes but I want to get back to where I was at 30-45 minutes. My eating has not gone out the window just my physical activity.

I vowed to myself yesterday that I was going to get back on track with it all since I have a goal to meet in May. I don't want to have to keep putting the goal further and further out. By September I want to be maintaining.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
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I find that when I am honest with not only myself but others, I get the support I need from those closest to me. Sometimes I also just don't log onto Sparkpeople because it is a lot to check off. Reading an article every once in a while has been helping me stay motivated to eat right and hit the gym. Don't over think it just do what feels right.
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Strategy #1: Eat breakfast

Strategy #2: Pack snacks to keep at my desk

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I am ne to motivating myself to do something. I don't like lying to my husband and I really hate when he asks if I did anything, or what I did that day, and all I can say is errands, I am doing the burpee, ab, and squat challenges every morning and love telling my husband I did something. Plus my computer tells me how great I am when I check that day off. I really don't lie about it so I have to do it. Also just do it has become my personal moto.

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emoticon way to get yourself moving, EBARBER26!

Baby steps!


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I go through periods where I can find the motivation to continue exercising. I had to ask my self why I wasn't motivated. I started to find a pattern. My motto used to be ' go big or go home". I would push myself to do the best my best. After a time, my self encouragement would turn into self pressure. I would pressure my self to go,go, go until I couldn't anymore. It would stop being fun, so I would quit.
After lots of trail and error, I learned to take it easy on myself. I'm way more productive if I relax and enjoy everything I do. Instead of telling myself 'I have to walk today", I tell myself " If I just walk to the end of the street, that's so much better for me then doing nothing". More often than not I end up walking around my neighborhood instead.
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I am so into this that I have to schedule a rest day. And this evening is all mine.


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I write in my appointment book, Exercise, as if it were a life or death appointment! I think it is!


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I try to treat my weekend the same as my work weeks. Up with the sun; slowly stretch to creak this bag of bones. Get a load of clothes going, walk the dogs, breakfast. I make a list of things to do to keep me on task.

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Thanks Aliakais: I so appreciate the depth of this blog having gained both ideas and motivation from it. You have a well thought out plan which gave me some ideas I am incorporating into my plan. I am working on increasing my activity and my health.



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Thanks for the great suggestions....think I'll go exercise now :-)


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I can identify with much of what all of you have said. When I get home from work, I can be so tired and drained that working out is the last thing I want to do. I start to make excuses as to why skipping a workout is ok but deep down, I know what I need to do. I tell myself the following. Some of it might be a repeat.

1. I can go easy, just enough to get the blood flowing
2. I will do only 20 mins
3. I have never regretted working out. In fact, I am always glad I worked out after. I focus on the fact that I know I will feel re-energized and think about how good I feel. Once I am up off the couch, I'm half way there.

I will also treat myself to a new workout item from time to time and this motivates me to workout so that I can try them out. It could be something as simple as a new sports drink, new socks or something bigger like a new piece of workout wear!





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Being newly laid off, I counterintuitively draw inspiration (in a mythological "trickle-down-economics-manque sort of way) from this article:

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1. Look For Opportunities to Move
The key to reinvigoration is movement… And that’s not exclusive to the gym. “Instead of approaching your fitness plan as athletics, think about it as fully living and experiencing your life,”

What the hey ... as sure as there is still neighbor noise from above in the apartment where I live, life goes on ...


Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

- Igor Stravinsky

Find a way.

--Diana Nyad

(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)

My blog is at tiniertina.wordpress.com/ (topics vary; words are the most important things)

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I think of what I would feel like if I just sat all the time. I think I've been sitting too much doing spark things now. Going.....

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I have two dogs that like to walk in the morning, and even though they are getting older and slower they still make me get out of the house, after I take them for a walk I go again but at a faster pace.



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I like to get the hard stuff out of the way first, before I start doing the things I enjoy. For example, I clean the house before I play my video game. I also allocate a certain amount to time for each activity and have a race with myself to get it done in time. I also alternate yard work for 45 minutes and then take 15 minute break.
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I've got a workout buddy. Helps with accountability on those early morning trainer sessions!



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Knowing that I have spent money on a gym membership sometimes helps. We all have those days where we just don't want to. I try to remind myself of how good I will feel after. I also keep my gym bag in my car.

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Start with just a few minutes and make a deal with yourself to go longer once you've actually started.

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
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