great article. It hit the nail on the head and it rightly described the voices I hear too, and the thing is, it doesn't seem to get easier, but if we know the enemy its easier to win. Thank you for sharing your struggle and your strategies.
Although on the face of it this seems to be very impressive - the constant fight against the lack of motivation - yet surely it's important to enjoy your exercise. We see that all over this site. Find something you like. Find a time when you can do it. Change things when you get bored or it's no longer a challenge. That seems manageable and that's how I'm doing it. A 4.45am start in the dark seems like unnecessary self-punishment.
great article! well written. But, I kept wondering where the fuel and hydration come from; I usually take a bit more than 15 minutes to get ready because I'm drinking some water and having a piece of fruit or something to get going.
I like this article.....I will remember to do what I need to get what I want. Thanks so much.
7/16/2012 3:03:09 PM
Jason, I want to add my thanks for your blog! It is convenient to make excuses so that we can be LAZY--- and not get out of that comfy bed to hit the pavement with our walking shoes... but we cheat ourselves! Here is a short story about a deceased neighbor: Long ago Ed told me he would not try to give up smoking because "We all have to go some way." This was his excuse to continue chain smoking. Well, Ed cheated himself and he cheated his family. In his dying days of lung disease, Ed said to me---- "If I had only known how painful this would be . . . "--- He died too soon.
"I'll tell you something I donít want though. I donít want to cheat myself out of precious time because I didnít do the things I should have to live that long life. I donít want to rob my wife or kids of years they could have with me. I donít want to stare at the ceiling in a hospital room one day thinking, ďI wish I would have taken better care of myself and not allowed this to happen.Ē" Above is exactly why I rise every morning at 5:45 for my morning workout. I've become so accustomed to the routine that I feel 'off' if I miss a day. Thanks for your blog!
It was comforting to realise that even personal trainers sometimes falter in relation to motivation. I have made exercise (mainly swimming) part of the routine of my day and that helps. I do it automatically. There are days that are harder, but in the last month I have only missed one day and that was because I wasn't feeling too well. Consequently I have lost 23 lbs in two months, not bad going
7/14/2012 6:04:54 PM
If I think of all of the days I'll have to exercise for the rest of my life, I feel like quitting right now. I have to think of exercise as a "just for today" activity. Just for today, I'm going to do strength training. Just for today, I'm going to ride my bike. Just for today, I'm going to go to Zumba. Just for today...makes it more manageable for me. If I had to think, this week I'm going to ride my bike 2 days, go to Zumba 4 days, lift weights 3 days, walk 2 days, etc...I become immobolized. So just for today, I'm going to ride my bike. I'm off!
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