I think we've all thought that at one point or another (and some still!!) keep up with the 10 minutes, if you aren't able to do 30 minutes of exercise don't push yourself, in time your body will let you know how much you can do and when to add to that.
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Glad you are here!!! Keep up those 10 min. at a time.
What I did was 10 min. in a day then I worked up to 10 min. in the morning then 10 min. in the evening. That was a good way for me to build up strength so I could continue and then start to add longer times. This is what worked for me, look and find what works for you!!
Oh ya, something else that helped was drinking at least 8 8oz of water a day!! I started small and worked up to the 8. I do it almost everyday now, and I know when I don't!! :)
There are plenty of us who have been where you are, DixieL.
Do you like to watch TV or read? You can learn to do those things while you're ON the treadmill. Makes time fly, too.
Walking by yourself, the time just flies if you're listening to the radio, or audio books, or CDs or MP3 with headphone at the same time, too; Just keep one ear bud out of your ear so you can hear what's going on around you, i.e. traffic and safety. A friend learned a foreign language as she walked by herself.
10 mins is A GREAT START. Now keep it up, do 10 mins a day streak for 30 days. As FlyLady says, make it a routine instead of all-or-nothing, and instead of crash-and-burn. You've started and proved you can do 10mins. Now prove you can do it consistently over a long period of time, even during holidays, up days, and down days, as your next goal. That is REAL lifestyle change; to build consistency over time. Not crash-and-burn. The reason we're in the shape we're in, is because we did NOT do it consistently. Now it's time to re-learn moderation, and re-learn daily routines that are healthy that we can do every day for the rest of our lives. Not a diet. A lifestyle change. But that's only true, if you do it daily. Keep a daily focus, instead on recriminations for past behaviour. If you do the daily work, then you will arrive at the goal line.
"Exercise integrity in the moment of choice. Quality of life, and your personal freedom, depends upon what happens in the space between stimulus and response." - Stephen Covey
I finally admitted to myself this weekend that the reason I feel run down and tired all the time is that I need to lose weight. I need to get moving and stop eating so much junk. I have always loved dancing and horseback riding, but I've moved into town and my horses are too far away to ride more than every once in a great while. Also, my favorite mare, my best friend for 12 years, died last month, so I am down to just my little boy's mare, who in not ride-able at the moment due to an injury.
I started my diet/exercise program today. I managed 10 minutes of Pilates and some Yoga stretches, but I'm SOOO out of shape. I know it takes baby steps, so I'm going to try to be patient and build up slowly. I know everyone says to walk, but I hate to walk alone and the treadmill at the gym is boring. I don't mind the short videos on this site for now, and eventually will find some classes locally - once I build up enough stamina for them not to be a waste of my money and time. I'd hate to pay for 30 minutes of a class that I can only do for 10 minutes.
Right now I'm sad and disappointed that I let myself get to this point, but I think I've hit bottom - so now its all up from here. I just have to remember that it took a long time to get here, I'm not going to get better over night.
God never gives us any more than we can handle - I just wish he didn't have so much faith in me! -Mother Theresa
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