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Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses

Winning the Fight Against Yourself


  • This is DEFINITELY me! I have to set 6, yes 6, alarms! They start at 4:45 and they are 2 minutes apart. One is a duck quack, then there is an old car horn, an old phone ring-those are on my ipod that I leave across the room so I have to get out of bed to shut them off. On my phone I have 3 loud songs that I def wake up to. My text tone and ring tone I sleep through so these songs do the trick! I also get my shower stuff ready and leave it by the door the night before so I have to walk across the house to get my shower stuff and I sleep in my work out clothes. I too have been defeated with that voice saying those EXACT things, why get out bed when I can cuddle with my sweet dog in a comfy bed, it is way too dark what if there is a lurker in the woods?!, or F that it's cold! But today I beat that voice with a louder voice, my voice, telling me get up Chanelle you need to work out, then all my 5k's that I'm signed up for popped into my head so I headed to my dresser, got my socks and shoes on and out the door I went :) Worked out for about an hour, Loved every bead of sweat! - 1/30/2013 7:54:13 AM
  • If you need an alarm clock to wake up -- you aren't getting enough sleep! - 1/30/2013 5:22:21 AM
    Just started exercising after years of being a couch potato. My motto at the moment is "Anything is better than nothing" Even if you just do 10 situps and walk for 10 mins around the block every day, its better than vegging on the couch. The funny thing is that exercise is addictive - the more I do it, the more I WANT to do it. I think the #1 problem with making that leap from couch to crunch is the feeling of HAVING to do it, rather than WANTING to do it. By adopting a mindset that it's not overly essential, I've trained my brain to almost see exercise as a treat. The results are slowly starting to show too :) So maybe take this little bit of advice on board and do SOMETHING, anything, cause its better than NOTHING. Have fun :) - 1/30/2013 4:46:52 AM
  • This is an absolutely amazing article. I fight every morning and recently I have a pretty bad losing streak. Though I get knocked out every morning, I do get a run in here and there later in the day. Thanks for the inspiration...wishing everyone here abundant determination. Go kick some ass! - 1/15/2013 4:33:49 PM
  • I just had a fight with myself this afternoon...I procrastinated and didn't make it to my health club, so then I procrastinated some more and told myself now I'm stuck working out in the crappy gym in my building. I did just do it finally, but still cheated myself out of a longer workout. :-( - 1/14/2013 9:25:35 PM
  • I am trying out a friend's bargain with herself. If she makes the decision the night before that she's not getting up to exercise for any reason, then okay. But if not made the night before, then in the morning she MUST get up and go. - 1/5/2013 10:50:28 PM
    wow this rings true, that inner conversation can get pretty ugly. But in the end it all pays off hope to see you all in the 90 + race! - 10/30/2012 11:03:30 AM
  • Great article! Thanks, I needed that. - 10/30/2012 10:48:43 AM
  • Thanks for the motivation to get on with it. I feel a little sorry for your wife/partner/children though when they hear you up and about at 4.45am!!! - 10/30/2012 9:29:35 AM
    Can't believe the timing of reading this article! Just what I needed today. Actually I think I will revisit this article many more times. Thank you for the motivation. - 10/30/2012 7:22:43 AM
  • 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. - 10/30/2012 5:38:22 AM
  • Great article!! Glad to know I'm not the only one. - 10/30/2012 12:29:47 AM
    i loved this article. every morning i have the same fight so glad to know others go through it too. great motivation - 10/24/2012 1:15:09 AM
  • 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. - 9/13/2012 10:44:41 AM

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