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1/24/12 10:09 A

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I find when I have a day where I just can't find the motivation to get my butt movin to the groovin, I do double duty the next day and just go for it full blast and put in all the time I should have done the day before - even if that means 2-3 hours of walking or DVDs. Yeah that may be a lot, but that tends to be the motivator for me! I usually don't want to do DVDs for 2 hours - that is very hard to do. And while I don't mind walking for 2-3 hours - its hard to find that chunk of time during the week. But the only way to burn the 3500 calories for just 1 lb of fat takes a lot of time, so liek Nike says - I just do it!

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1/21/12 6:55 P

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I bought the SP 28 day boot camp video. They have 10, 20 and 30 minute workouts. I like the 10 minute workout. I can manage that on days I don't feel like working out. It helps I think just to do something so you get in the habit. The short length of time doesn't feel so overwhelming.

Also, I have days set to work out at the gym. My dh comes with me. MWF at 7pm. I treat it like an appointment. It's just part of making me a priority.

At home, our bike is in the room with the TV and xbox. So, video games are played during exercising as well as watching TV.

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1/6/12 8:57 A

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A gym w/ a movie screen? Now THAT sounds amazing. Something that's been working for me - I keep a pair of 5 lb. weights next to the couch and I'll stand up and do a series of different arms exercises a few times a night. That usually gets my energy level up enough to do some stretches, squats, and then push-ups and planks during commercials. I'm trying to hold a plank for the whole commercial break. I figure that if this doesn't even interrupt my guilty pleasure TV, then I really have zero excuses.

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1/5/12 8:41 P

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I have found a great motivation for me to go to the gym is the fact they have a movie screen. I can workout and watch a movie at the same time. I started watching and time just flew by. Makes it easier for me to get the minutes in for my fitness :)

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1/5/12 3:35 P

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the buddy system, that works for some people.

Your buddy can be anyone you want it to be. Some people need the motivation of a live person to actually walk with (or swim or any other exercise)

This did not work for me when i was an able and avid walker. Every one I knew, walked slower, and were talkers. I rarely talked when i walked. My preference was to walk with my walkman. I would pick music to pick up my pace and really get me strutting along.

either of these might work for you.

or a reward jar.
every time you do ten minutes exercise, drop a quarter in the jar

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1/5/12 12:52 P

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I don't mind walking on my treadmill- and I am trying to cut down on the number of tv shows I follow this year. So for me, I just decided that if the tv is on, I am on the treadmill. That means I got 75 minutes of walking in this morning because I had to see what happened on Suburgatory and Revenge last night. :)

I figure Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice will give me at least 90 minutes tomorrow. Either I am going to have to start watching less tv, or I am going to get really fit!

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1/5/12 8:17 A

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I think doing something during commercials is a great thought too! I added a spin to that in my house a while back..my husband and son play their PS3 on weekends, and I put my elliptical in the same room with them. I'm not one for video games much (really can't stand them, well except the Wii Fit sometimes), so now I can hop on my elliptical and still be close to my family. We limit play time for my son so if I can get up to the 2 hours we limit him, then I get a lot of calories burned (I haven't gotten that far yet, but I will!)

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1/4/12 11:32 P

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Hello!

I joined the january jump start challenge - that really has helped me stick to a plan that was set already and the videos posted are only around 10 mins long if that is a good start. I haven't got to it yet, but I told myself that if I have an extra long day and am too tired to work out, while watching tv I will work out during the commercial breaks - whether it be marching on the spot, lunges, situps etc. A friend of mine does that and I thought it was a good idea.



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1/4/12 8:44 A

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RICOCHETBEAR - I think that is an AWESOME way to get some exercise in!!! You end up getting some good cardio time in, and since it is one song at a time, it doesn't seem so long that you are on your treadmill. I have an elliptical and sometimes I dread that thing, you know, the boredom...I think I'll give your idea a try...

MLINAS - maybe try something similar. When you get done with dinner (and believe me, I totally know that "I'm full and that couch looks ever-so-inviting" feeling), jump on your treadmill for one song. It's only one song, right. 3-4 minutes. Easy breezy (I took that from a trainer - love the saying). Even if you only stay on for one song, you'll feel better, but I bet you find yourself going one more song, and then what the heck, one more...



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1/3/12 9:40 P

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I am just starting with a treadmill, I 've only had it 1 month. And because I have neuropathy in my legs I find I cannot walk a long time, so this is what I do.

I pick a song a really like start it when I start the treadmill and walk for the length of the song and then stop. i do this at least 6 times a day, more if i think about it. Sometimes I pick longer songs to make me strive for longer walking periods. when you figure the average song is around 3 minutes, give or take , that gives you over all 20 minutes roughly. a good start when you are not used to do it at all!

Soon I will bump up to either more songs singly during the day or if my legs will take it, two songs for each stint on the treadmill.

This works for me, as I have little motivation when just walking is painful for me

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1/3/12 9:29 P

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Hello team :-)
I joined about a week ago and I'm really finding a lot of great information here! I've done more cooking at home, trying new healthier recipes, working on tracking my food, etc. But one area I'm really struggling with is finding the motivation, or self-discipline, to exercise! I have a treadmill, weights, here at home even and yet I'm finding it really hard to MAKE MYSELF DO IT.

So here I am, wondering, what are you doing to help you get motivated? I want to know from those of us starting out. I was just looking through the work outs and added some to my planner, but I just ate dinner so now I'm full and certainly not feeling like jumping on the treadmill. And that right there is my problem.... *sigh*

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