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Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 2

How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

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  • Spark is a great place to keep notes to yourself or journal...I use the notes section in the nutrition tracker and can see past notes by date field. Love this feature.

    Liked the psychological approach of these articles about exercise. Even though I have never been too heavy to exercise and actually like to exercise, I can totally relate to lack of motivation even so! I think happens to everyone at some point. One thing not mentioned is the importance of making it become a habit...just as something one must do like brushing teeth. It's just something you do some days...when you don't really"feel" like it.

    Best wishes and keep pushing fellow Sparkers! - 7/23/2016 11:00:15 AM
  • BOOKNUT52
    Hi, thanks for sharing this series. There are a lot of good tips and encouragements in it. But I'm wondering why the photo is of a lady, and not a man! That seems to happen a lot. The author is a man, why not a photo of a man? Men can also benefit from sparkpeople! - 7/23/2016 5:12:08 AM
  • This is the first article I've ever read that addresses the mechanics of exercise motivation. This is such vital information, and helps us to stop blaming ourselves for not exercising. The journal is a very good idea, and I'm going to try it. I already have an exercise journal where I write down each type of cardio or strength training I do. Adding in how I feel before and after is something I didn't think of writing down. Instead of psychoanalyzing myself I'll just write down and look at the facts. - 3/5/2016 1:43:55 PM
  • SEXYLH40
    I'm like kelliibfit I will start exercising for a couple weeks then stop. ,not sure why . Just started back today. - 5/17/2014 4:14:01 PM
  • Like all tracking, however difficult, it takes the emotions out of it and makes us objective viewers of ourselves. I have been on SP for two months and am learning how to look at food and exercise as things we need to do to live, but the way we do both as the keys to living well. The first article said the most inspirational thing to me that I have found to really be true these last two months: the work you put in and the results you will see in your life are the same skills you will need to overcome any challenge in your life, and applying them to this journey will make us feel powerful, capable, and wonderful about ourselves. - 5/1/2014 7:34:06 AM
  • Like all tracking, however difficult, it takes the emotions out of it and makes us objective viewers of ourselves. I have been on SP for two months and am learning how to look at food and exercise as things we need to do to live, but the way we do both as the keys to living well. The first article said the most inspirational thing to me that I have found to really be true these last two months: the work you put in and the results you will see in your life are the same skills you will need to overcome any challenge in your life, and applying them to this journey will make us feel powerful, capable, and wonderful about ourselves. - 5/1/2014 7:30:35 AM
  • Great article. Keep them coming. - 7/13/2013 11:16:33 AM
  • DONNAREAT
    exercised for the first time!...I think i can ...thanks - 2/3/2013 7:01:15 AM
  • Dean, you really get it! Your article spoke to me...I was feeling anxious just reading it and felt like running into the kitchen to eat something! Instead your article fed a part of me I thought nobody else understood. I can do this, thank you! - 1/31/2013 10:01:17 AM
  • Great column. It is easy to discount a little exercise as both hard and insignificant (because it doesn't bring double digit results immediately). But small doses bring strength and endurance built step by step over time.

    You sure won't get more fit and trim by sitting on the couch. - 12/20/2012 8:10:53 AM
  • Thanks for this article. I was just about to bail out on exercising today. I also thought of something.....I have not been counting the 2x daily walks with my dog. I walk him morning and night and have not been thinking of this as exercise! Usually I do a 45 min workout video or 11 min chair exercise in addition to the dog walking. So I am doing more than what I thought! I will include your 3 points in my daily journal log that I maintain on my fitness page. Luckily you can track all of this on Spark!! - 10/8/2012 8:59:01 PM
  • Man did I need to hear this today just got back from a 30 cycle ride and it kicked my butt. Only been a member for 3 days but loving all the helpful hints!! - 7/10/2012 10:59:34 AM
  • Thank you for writing this article(s)! I feel impowered and I am sooo glad to have read an article that understands where I am coming from and feels like you are speaking right to me! I am going to start this week and also keep that journal. The way you wrote the article is so comforting and great. Thank you! - 12/4/2011 9:29:30 PM
  • Thank you so much for this! It's what I needed to finally start the walking exercise dvd I bought 3 months ago! - 12/4/2011 9:12:51 AM
  • PLEASE more articles like this! FANTASTIC! I needed to know this! - 1/31/2010 8:29:48 PM

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