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12/12/09 8:05 P

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I was so much like this and still am from time to time....what works for me is just remembering how I put it off and put it off then get disappointed in myself knowing id be so much closer to my goal if I just had of done 10 - 15 minutes "yesterday"

I am tired of not reaching my goal and enough is enough time for a change.

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12/2/09 5:15 P

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Before I retired, though I found more excuses NOT to, I worked out at the end of the day. I've never been motivated to work out at home so the gym was my preferred choice. I had my gym clothes with me but if I 'forgot them,' good excuse!

Now, I do my working out in the morning and it works out great. My routine is: get up, eat breakfast, go to the gym...it's automatic.


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12/1/09 5:37 P

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I get up early and work out in the morning before going to work. Then if I get on the treadmill or anything at night its extra.

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11/30/09 8:10 A

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If you just make yourself do it, you will find you have more energy at the end. Most of the time the hardest part is just getting started! MAKE YOURSELF DO IT, and you will be thankful afterwards!

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8/31/09 9:13 P

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Sometimes we all need a push and sometimes we have to push ourselves a little harder each day. Then one day we finally say "WE DID IT" Before you know it we are walking or exercising or whatever. That's motivation. Good luck to all. WE CAN DO IT.
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8/31/09 10:29 A

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Everyone here is really motivating!!! I need to just do it! and not think about it so much! If I don't get up and do it I talk myself out of it... Such a bad habit! (I am getting better since I joined Spark People)

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8/30/09 4:20 P

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I work out after work and sometimes, yes, it is a total drag. If I find after 30 min. my perceived exertion and actual heart rate are out of sync, I simply give it 5 more minutes, just so I know I did over 30, and go home. I have been a victim of over training in the past, so I don't force myself to do something by body is saying isn't working in a positive way for me.

I know people that get up early. That sounds crazy to me. My best time is noon, but since returning to work that is not possible (except on weekends). I have no solution to the I am tired problem, but I will say don't use it as an excuse. If you are tired, do something to move for 30 minutes. Don't expect every workout to be at maximal heart rate or effort. Keeping the routine going is key.

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8/30/09 1:45 P

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Well - on the days that I am too tired to do serious workout, I just go and take easy walk. Really funny about that is that everytime i do that I said to myself just do it 10 to 20 minutes but end up walked for 30 to 45 minutes.
As for get up early, not logical for me because I already get up about 4:15am and I do not want to get up any earlier because I need my regular sleep time (right now about 7 hrs). Can't afford to fell sleep on road.

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8/30/09 12:03 P

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THERE'S NO WAY THAT iCOULD MOTIVATE MYSELF TO WORK OUT AFTER WORK. iFIND IT MUCH EASIER TO GO TO BED EARLIER AND DO IT IN THE MORNING.

 
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8/29/09 6:01 A

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sorry i am late getting on to this one but i must say it is a very good topic and i am sure everyone of us has at one time or another the same problem.i find the easiest thing that helps for me is to make sure it is an exercise i really enjoy,one that i can do with the kids as the time would fail otherwise and if necessary invite a friend with there kids along.
this is for you stacy,so you don´t feel so guilty about the exercise cutting into your kids and husband time plan things you can do together.there are so much to choose from,bike riding,swimming,walking ,hiking ,canoe riding ,horse riding,tennis,football so on and so forth.i don´t know how old your kids are if they are baby´s you can dance with them in your arm.my baby loves that or by a burly or bike seats for them and get on your bike.the most important thing is to be open minded,always prepared and when nessasary good planning.don´t stress to much about it and use the circumstances at hand.take the stairs instead of lift at work,when cooking at the stove or ironing go up and down on your toes,do leg raises.when on the toilet or sitting on bus or car on the way to work do some pelvic floor exercise´s.no one will notice and you will get some benifit.your husband might thank you for it as well.when you wake up in the morning before getting out of bed do some stretching exercise,when you go in the bathroom to wash do some wall push ups and as you clean your teeth do some leg bends or sideway bends.think of small exetrcises you can do while you are doing everyday things.you will be surprise how it all adds up over the day.buy yourself a pedometer and wear it all day.at the end of the day see how many steps you did.you might be surprise.try to do 10-15 more steps everyday and you will be surprise what you are actually doing.but remember relaxing and de stressing can be just as important as exercise so don´t feel to guilty about it it is basically about doing a balancing act and getting the scales to balance so your weighing scales moves in the right direction i.e. downwards.i also agree with the person who say´s once you sit down you then don´t want to get up so if you are planning exercise plan it before you sit.do whatever works best for you and above all have fun.

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8/29/09 12:00 A

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I come home from work, cook dinner, wash the dishes and then check my e-mails. After reading & responding to some, I finally say okay..put on those shoes and get that walk in. After my walk, I respond to some more. You guys always motivate me.



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8/28/09 6:28 P

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Weezie, you're just awesome! You get me motivated.

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8/28/09 6:19 P

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Thanks everyone. I think it's fantastic that we keep motivating each other. I ended up going 20mins on my cross trainer which is great! Better than nothing!
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Ya'll are awesome, and you motivate me!



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I always exercise after work (I am sooo not a morning person). I get home at 5:30 and the group workout at my gym starts as 6:00. I walk in the door - change my clothes, grab my water and walk out the door. I also keep extra clothes in my car, in case I work late I can go right to the gym. Once I sit down, I'm down for the count so I just don't sit.



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I agree with what has been said thus far. It is hard to push yourself to get into a routine. Especially when I feel guilty for exercising, because after work I feel like I should be spending time with my daughter or husband. If I wait until my daughter is in bed then I feel too tired. I'm trying to vary the times of my workouts; one day workout in the morning before work and the next workout in the evening.

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I am retired. Sometimes I still have to push myself to go to Curves for my exercising. Did great till some family things happened and then I was sick with bronchitis. Am well now and determined to get back on track. Had to miss wed due to rain but will not miss today.
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Yep I'm with you Bonny. I'm on auto pilot as well. I'm up at 3:30 a.m. and on the treadmill by 4 a.m. and do an hour before my day starts. I don't even hesitate anymore. It is part of my work week routine.

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8/28/09 12:57 P

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Though this doesn't really apply to me since I'm retired, I push myself as you've said to just DO IT. When I worked, I found many excuses but I generally stopped by the gym on my way home. Now, I get up 3 x weekly and go without a thought - it's automatic.

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I agree that it's that first step you just have to push to get out. Once you get to the point where the adrenalin hits, you will feel so good about whatever workout you are doing you will want to do it again!

I squeeze in anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes at lunch time. About 10 years ago I could get in a 3 mile run at lunch. Now I'm doing steps and incorporating other exercises that have less impact on the knees, with a short walk and some stretches to cool down and return to work.

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I wish to say thank you for typing what is challenging you rather than just being frustrated about not being motivated. You have now read these loving ladies post so tonight get up and move for 10 minutes and see if it changes your lack of motivation. The key to unlock no motivation is To Do.

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I just want to pop in and say that this is a great post and I welcome everyone's tips on this subject. I think everyone comes across this problem.

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I normally exercise after work, too. But this week I added 3 morning workouts to my routine. I love this spinning class that I'm taking, so it was easier to convince myself to get up. This morning I did a 3.5 mile walk/run. I was just feeling so good about the other 2 morning workouts. I NEVER thought I would get up early to exercise. Now I'm really enjoying it. I'm so not a morning person that I used that as an excuse. I finally got over the voices in my head & just did it. Find something that you really enjoy (even dancing) & do that. The key to working out any time of day (for me anyway) is to find something I really like. Committing to 10 minutes usually leads to more.

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I agree with the other posters,you have to push yourself to do it,but once you do you will be feeling so much better. And like they said even 10 minutes as a starting point turns into a little longer. I try to reward myself for going 7 days in a row,(like a manicure,or something else I've been wanting to get or do). I know a lot of people get up earlier to work out. Maybe getting up just 15 minutes earlier wouldn't be too bad emoticon

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my inner voice does not talk to me... it yells (hehe)
it says "stay on computer or get on couch and watch tv... you deserve it!"
I spend approx 30 min on phone trying to talk someone into going for a walk with me... then realize oh well too late to go now (after they have given me every excuse in the book)...
Last night went anyway and walked for an hour in the neighborhood (approx 3 miles)...
Once you get into it - it is not bad...
It is taking that first step out the door is the hardest...



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even if I don't have the energy to do a full out workout then I will try to do at least 10 minutes if not more.

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Sadly, this is when you push yourself to do even a 10 minute walk. You might find you feel better and have more energy to keep going. It is overcoming that inner voice of course which is always the battle.

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What do you do after a day of work and you are feeling too tired to work out but you really know that you should???



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