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I find it's much easier to maintain my motivation if I set up a reward for myself if I reach my goal (like, exercise according to plan for one month = new nail polish, or something).

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Oh - you are a teacher! Now I totally understand! I am a teacher too and I had to scale way back when I started teaching in Sept. I made myself schedule in my fitness. Even before I started teaching I had a plan and an alternate plan for how to keep working out. I had to scale way back, but I still made the time. I hope you can use the summer to jump start your exercise and then keep at it through next year. I know it's hard!

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I haven't worked out for about a month and I'm missing it- this is the last week of school and then OFF for the summer, so am planning to restart! Haven't lost a pound since I stopped, so here's hoping.......!

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SPARKCAT1, I completely agree!! Working out has totally saved my life too :) I have learned that staying under 2,000 calories a day is simply NOT possible for me...but daily exercise sure is!! When I didn't exercise in my previous diets, I'd gain weight from every single stray calorie that passed my lips. This time around, even if I go absolutely freaking crazy on an entire pizza (it has happened...ha ha) the lbs melt right off before the numbers say they should! I definitely contribute this to regular exercise :) I don't remember where I found it, but while I was researching "weight set points" I found a a study that showed that our bodies will find a way to burn extra calories consumed rather than storing them if we are regularly active. It has something to do with our bodies reprogramming themselves to help fuel our workouts by burning more often than storing. I find it's very true for me, because if you were to count the calories I eat vs the exercise I do...I should weigh more *eek!* Sweating for an hour or so in the gym every day is more than worth it to me and my skinny jeans, since we can both appreciate eating the crap out of some food ;)

As a disclaimer though, I have friends who are very content to not work out so much and to just stick to 1000-1400 calories a day *shudder* and they get to keep their skinny jeans too :) I just can't live that way though. Exercising is the only way for me to live happy while maintaining my glorious goal weight :) GLORIOUS mind you, ha ha.

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6/10/08 2:40 P

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FAIRGLENN, the same thing happened to me! I keep telling people that exercise is 50% of becoming healthier (ie loosing weight). I have never been down to a size 6 before during my years of off and on diets, until this time i did it at the gym (circuit ladies gym). And here i am almost 58, in better shape and health, than i have ever been. I don't think i will ever have a flat stomach, guess i chalk that up to abusing my body for so many years! But i can wear a bathing suit and not be embarrassed. Even when i splurged with sweets, i work extra at the gym to keep off the lbs, and eat as "cleanly" as i can (meat, fruits, and vegs), and it melts off by the weekend (water gain?). I work out almost the same time each day..a daily schedule, and add time working in my yard or walking with friends, which helps since i am really an old fashion couch potato! I have come to realize that working out has saved my life (making me healthier), and it is something i will have to do. Much older people than i am, have told me that it keeps their joints moving...i think they are onto something true! Keep moving is important!



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I can understand your frustration. I HATED to exercise for most of my adult life. Even when I was in basic training in my 20s, if was a struggle. I enjoyed weight lifting but stopped that when I started having babies.

Even up to 4 or 5 years ago, I still only ran or walked when I had to for the military. BUT - then the pounds started creeping on and I really didn't like my body any more. About that time, the Air Force also changed the fitness program for reservists. Now, I had two reasons that I had to change my perspective.

So, I started off slow and steady, learned the gym equipment, ran outside and began walking some too. As the weight came off (thanks to SP!) I began to see my new, healthy life as something that was part of me - not something I did or had to do someone else, but because I wanted to be different!

Now, if I miss more than 2 days of some sort of cardio, my body just starts to have this craving feeling; like I am being too still for too long. I have learned to enjoy my time walking or running or at the gym. I enjoy it because I like my body again, because I scored a 93 on my fitness test this year but mostly I like it because I know I am taking care of myself and, Lord willing, I will live a longer and more healthy life.

It's not about being thin or maintaining a certain weight. It has become about being a new me!

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6/9/08 5:26 P

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"I am, because I love to eat. I have tried to restrict calories a few times, but it's so hard now. I love exercising enough to be able to eat more and still maintain. Plus, I have found exercise like running and weight lifting and yoga that I love to do anyway."

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I've lost and regained weight several times throughout my life, so when I started my new "diet" last year, I decided to actually exercise along with it for once. The difference is like night and day!! Not only did I reach my goal in a healthy amount of time (five months, thirty lbs), but I've found it about a bajillion times easier to maintain!! Also, when I weighed 125 before from dieting alone, I wore a size 8 and had a body fat percentage of almost 20...this time around, I'm in 4-6 with a percentage of 15. Exercise makes a HUGE difference, and I hope you find motivation again soon!!!

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6/9/08 11:12 A

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I use walking as my primary form of exercise. Yes, I know that it does not burn as many calories as other things, like running, but it is easy. And I tell myself to just get out there for 20 minutes, then I can turn around.

I love the idea of an intentional exercise streak. 130 days is awesome!

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6/9/08 9:39 A

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I agree with the 10 minute assessment. When I don't wanna, I'll tell myself "10 minutes and then see how I feel." Often, it's "okay, 20 minutes and then I'll re-evaluate." Somedays, I stop at 20, somedays I keep going. But either way I did SOMETHING and I feel better for it. :)

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6/8/08 10:31 P

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It is a big struggle for me to exercise too - but I have two things that are keeping me going now. Two friends and a new goal.
The one friend that is allergic to exercise (lol - ok not really but it seems that way) and her mother-in-law to be and family made her sign up for a marathon in September (it really just blows my mind that she said she would do it) so she HAS to go 4 times a week to get in shape. and another friend of mine that is trying to lose weight. so we try to go work out together 4 times a week. and they keep me going.
I also found a new goal - to run a 5k. So I'm on week 4 of a 9 week training plan called Couch to 5k, and it keeps me going too because it is something to work towards.

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6/8/08 7:00 P

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I find that when I am in an exercise slump, that if I tell myself "All you have to do is 20 minutes and then you can quit", that is usually enough to get me started to doing the whole thing.

But when I'm struggling - especially with the running - if I do at least the minimum, then I am ok with that.

So try setting a minimum limit, like 10 minutes or so. Do at least that much. Getting a new exercise to try out is another good idea. Another thing that works for me is to get a new pair of workout shoes (usually runners). Nothing more motivating than a new pair of shoes! :-)

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I havne't really had a problem keeping up the exercise, although I've had a hard time getting the strength training in. I've found I enjoy jogging, so as long as I jog a couple times a week and play racquetball once a week I've more than hit my cardio obligations, and that helps offset some of the extra treats I've been eating.

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I work out consistently, and have for quite a few years, and like those on this thread who do that, I think the real key is finding something you really like to do! I got so into hiking, and although I can't do it every day, I find my gym workouts improve my hiking. I also got into mountain biking, and to have more endurance and balance I need to get in some strength training and cardio during the week.

Another thing that helps motivation is having a long term goal. If you like to run or walk, sign up for a 5K, you will have to get our regularly to train for it, and will have a fun time at the race to motivate you to do it again. If that's not you cup of tea, then take one of the quizzes that relates to what type of exercise personality you have, you may prefer solitary workouts, or group classes, or team sports. Whichever it is, if you know what you like you will be more likely to do it.

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6/8/08 3:13 P

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After breaking thru my early-spring case of the exercise blahs, I'm enjoying summer and the opportunity to run outside, windsurf and go for sunset walks w/DH. I understand the feeling, though. Right around the US time-change, I did slack off for about a month, though didn't fall off the wagon altogether. To break out, I focused on some near-term goals (5K races) and tried to think about consistency and that helped break the slump. It also helped that I logged my exercise...when I looked back at the record, I discovered that I'd turned things around WAY before I knew!

You might try to find something that moves you that you enjoy, then target a short-term goal for that activity. I'll bet once you start moving, you'll find your groove!

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I'm finding it pretty easy to exercise these days. It's the nicesst time of year here weatherwise and it stays light so long that going out for an evening walk or jog is really nice. Maybe you need to find something you enjoy more than what you're doing now.

My gym workouts aren't so inspiring, but I've seen the difference in my muscle tone with and without strength training, and WITH is definitely better.

I'm also on a long-running, daily 30 minutes of intentional exercise streak. When I don't feel like getting in my 30 minutes, I ask myself - is what I would get by skipping a day worth breaking a streak of over 130 days? And the answer is no!

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I am so scared that I'll gain weight, that motivation is not a problem. I travel quite a bit, and I've found time to exercise because I just can't miss more than 1 day...I've convinced myself that I'll gain 20 lbs overnight!
I usually exercise in the morning. Last week I had a very early flight, so I couldn't. But after my meeting in Dallas, and after dinner, I went to the hotel gym at 9 pm. I hope I don't forget the hard work it took to get to maintenance.

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I am, because I love to eat. I have tried to restrict calories a few times, but it's so hard now. I love exercising enough to be able to eat more and still maintain. Plus, I have found exercise like running and weight lifting and yoga that I love to do anyway.

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wwofpitcher, that's what I'm talking about! Better to do a litle, that you will do consistently, than to plan to do a lot and never get to it!!
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I've been maintaining now for 6 months. I still struggle with my calorie range but I have been very consistent on my exercise. I never enjoyed exercise before as I associated it with something that had to be done to lose weight. But now I look at it very differently. I exercise to stay fit and healthy which is something I plan on doing forever. I have found exercise that I love and look forward to. If you find your motivation lacking, maybe you need to change your exercise routine and find something that you enjoy doing.

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I don't really have the motivation to exercise problem. I take 2 classes at our Y and they are 3 days a week. I like to be around the people in my classes, so that helps. On the 2 days I don't have classes, I strength there. I do that because the other people come in and work out and I can catch up with them at the same time. I think it helps a lot when you have someone to talk to if you can while exercising and you like to be around them.

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Great idea, SHRLZI! If you're having trouble getting into exercise, maybe you should try a different kind of exercise. I love to walk, and seldom put it off until tomorrow. I know it doesn't burn as many calories as a more vigorous exercise, but it's something I can do and enjoy every day. I do the 10-15 minutes of strength building exercises at night while watching TV. It's a small enough chunk of time so I don't put it off.

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Hi,
I have the same struggle now and again... For a while I exercise faithfully, then smething breaks the routine and it takes a while to get back into it. One thing that helps me is to remind myself I don't *have* to do anything... It's not required that I go back to my gym routine (which I love when I'm into it, hate when I am out of the habit) -- it's ok to just go outside for a 10-minute walk, or just do a few stretches, or whatever. Yelling at myself for not exercising makes me resist all the more; inviting myself to make a choice to become healthier just 10 minutes at a time makes it seem more do-able.

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
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I have been maintaining for about 9 months and exercise is a still a major struggle. I am not anywhere near as consistant as I was. Any exercise is for the most part a concious effort and definately not a habit. I have a lot of problems with "tomororw I'll do it"

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I am still struggling with exercise. I never really got it down - Pilates once a week and then - sometimes I get it. I tried the swimsuit challenge -= and did it for 3 days. Sigh. I am still working at trying to sneak more in. Joann

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When I started with SP, my main goal was to learn to exercise regularly, since I knew that would have the biggest impact on my health. Like, when the doctor looks at my cholesterol, I can say "Yes, I exercise regularly" so she can't yell at me for that.

But then, I found a way to get my cardio in that works for me - which is an exercise bike (recumbant) so I can lean back and read (I love to read). It's a win-win situation for me. Though, now I'm starting to do SuDoKu and you have NO idea how that makes the time FLY.

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I have to make myself exercise. I wonder if exercising will ever become a habit for me.

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Hi all

I've been at goal now for two weeks and I'm finding it hard to motivate myself to exercise. I've had an injury this week, but tbh I wasn't really interested in working out even before I got the injury.

When I was losing weight I forced myself to work out when I didn't want to because I wanted to hit my goal weight.

Now I just say to myself, "it doesn't matter, you can work out tomorrow instead". Of course, tomorrow never comes.

Did anybody else find this? What did you do about it?

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