That's a great idea! I'm doing another "set your own" challenge that is only for a week at a time and it's really helpful to focus on the short-term. You can learn what works and what doesn't before you invest a ton of time struggling through a long-term commitment. I haven't done one for fitness but I think I will now.
I've had trouble with this in the past and what helped me was making a challenge for myself. So I sat down a made a schedule of when to work out, only for 30 minutes, 3 times a week, for 2 weeks. I figured, "I can do anything for 2 weeks!". And that is all I committed too.
I started to like being able to go over my calories a little bit because my work out gave me extra. I really, really like food... Since then I've joined a gym and go 5 times a week for about an hour and I hate missing it. I've joined the summer running series in my town and I am generally a more active person. To be honest, it's a little weird considering how I had been for my whole life.
So my advice is to commit to two weeks and set your schedule and don't cheat yourself out of it. Then, if it's going well, try for 6 weeks more. I heard once somewhere, I don't remember where, that it takes 8 weeks to make something a habit.
I hope this helps
current weight: 135.5
Fitness Minutes: (4,016) Posts: 321 5/15/13 6:34 P
I have the same problem with exercise motivation...and even have a hard time keeping the momentum going with a healthy diet. Seems like a cave every weekend. It doesn't help that my job involves vendor relations and in my industry its a social norm to drink at EVERY meeting and then meet after the meeting for dinner and drinks. I can do fine M-F when there are no outside meetings, and I do walk with a coworker for 15 minutes in the morning, but on the weekends or any social event I cave!
On a different note, do any of you just feel so tired after SITTING at a desk all day long that all you want to do is sit on the couch and order out for dinner? I do!
Fitness Minutes: (11,412) Posts: 315 9/12/12 1:23 P
Good mantra! It's hard to stay motivated, but I agree that small steps can help so much. If you have time for a 10-15 minute walk, go for it. You may not have time for a longer or more intense work out that requires showering because you're going somewhere afterward, but you can go for a walk. Take the stairs or try a new type of fitness class or go walking with a friend. You can even try all of these things so you don't get board with anything in particular.
"self-discipline is self-caring" M. Scott Peck
current weight: 170.0
Fitness Minutes: (16,803) Posts: 912 8/27/12 11:23 A
i have great difficulty staying motivated on this journey. if i had any idea what i would look like and feel like when i reach goal, i would probably be more motivated. so, at this time, i ask myself "what can i do for myself TODAY to make it to my goal?" it might be a 10 minute walk, or a super healthy salad, or both. tomorrow, i may not feel motivated to be healthy. IMHO, as long as i am making healthy decisions a lot more often than the bad ones, i am on my way to my goal.
I would never talk to my BFF the way I talk to myself about my body.
Fitness Minutes: (655) Posts: 8 8/17/12 9:27 A
I have been eating healthier for a year now. I can feel the difference, and even get grumpy if I do not have enough veggies through my day ( who would have thought ). When it comes to exercise, I just find it very hard to stay motivated more than a week, as you can tell by looking at my profile. I have found many exercises to do in my office, but just continue with excesses. on why to not get on it. I have lost 10 pounds, but have been in a slump for quite some time, and I am needing desperately to lose about 45 more pounds, 30 more just to look healthy. Why is it so difficult to stay motivated, and why am I in such a rut?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this website can be used without the permission of SparkPeople or its authorized affiliates.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.