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Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations

Change the Way You Look at Obstacles on Your Journey

-- By Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer
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Devote a chunk of time each week or each day to yourself. Maybe it's 15 minutes, or maybe it's two hours. Put yourself first as often as you need to.

Instead of punishing yourself for being lazy, use this "me" time in a productive way. Do a crossword puzzle, read a book, watch a movie, call a friend, pick up knitting, or cuddle with your child or partner.

Anticipate this respite from the hustle and bustle of your life and plan for it. Watch your favorite TV show, paint your nails, ask your partner to give you a foot rub. Reward yourself for being motivated, sticking with your healthy lifestyle plan and working out regularly. A bit of time spent doing nothing can help carry you through the rest of your hectic and action-packed life. (Read our Rest & Relaxation articles for more tips.)

Temptation No. 5: Skipping your workout.

Inspiration: Changing up your workout.


You know how great you feel when you finish a workout: refreshed, revived and rejuvenated. You feel strong, confident and happy. So why would you want to skip exercise? Quite often, the reason is boredom.

Does your workout schedule run on repeat? Do you do the same thing at the same time and in the same place every day?

Now that you've made fitness a part of your life, try shaking up your routine from time to time. Instead of walking laps around the park in your neighborhood, try taking a new route. Instead of doing the same-old pushups and crunches, check out SparkPeople's free library of exercise demos. If you belong to a gym, trade the Stairmaster for the elliptical or the treadmill for the stationary bike.

Tired of your DVDs? Trade with a friend or head to the library. Take a new class: Zumba, cardio dance, Pilates, yoga or Spinning are fun ones to try. Ask a trainer at your gym or a fit friend for suggestions. Speaking of which, one of the best ways to shake up your workout is to enlist a friend to blast calories with you. You can catch up on each other's lives while you firm up.

When temptations step in your path, don't cower. Confront them and enlist them as your allies. Soon you'll be stronger and more determined and will have traveled a little farther in your healthy living journey.
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About The Author

Stepfanie Romine Stepfanie Romine
A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.

Member Comments

  • Thanks for the tips. - 9/14/2012 12:40:13 AM
  • I totally disagree with your "cuddle with your child or partner." Excuse me? There's no difference between them? I think it's really lazy writing to just lump everyone in your family together like that. Children have different needs then your partner. A child would like to read with you, or play a board game, or talk about their day. You need to be sure that you're not inappropriately treating your children just the same as your partner. I should know. I was continually sexually abused as a little kid by my father. And I would appreciate if you would care to notice the difference between adults and children. You need to care. - 4/28/2012 1:11:39 AM
  • WOOFERCOALBOY

    "You know how great you feel when you finish a workout: You feel refreshed, revived and rejuvenated, strong, confident and happy."

    I have never ever ever felt "refreshed, revived and rejuvenated" after a workout. Never. Even when I was in junior high, high school, or college, and I wasn't overweight or out of shape then. Always have hated exercise. - 8/19/2011 12:53:43 AM
  • A helpful and fresh take on 'problems'. Thanks. - 2/5/2011 9:32:03 PM
  • I was struck by Ms. Romine's idea that temptations are like Muses: "Temptations are like misunderstood Muses. They give you the chance to be creative while reaching your goals!" What a great way of looking at temptations! And what a beautiful way of saying it! I'm forwarding this to all of my women friends who struggle with tempations (i.e. all of my women friends!) Thanks, Ms. Romine! - 12/5/2010 10:32:17 AM
  • My biggest guilty pleasure - lazying or napping in couch or bed back from work, which wreck my sleep patern. Now, still trying to avoid being in the bedroom or living room too long, the temptation is too strong! Good tips from this articles and absolutely agree on workout - same routine is very boring and easily make excuses to avoid doing workouts, hehe. - 8/26/2010 12:41:30 AM
  • INFINITEGLIX
    I was into this article until the video section, when we were told to ask a "fit friend" for suggestions. Just because people want to lose weight does not make them unfit for exercise-video-le
    nding. I'm sure overweight people have far more videos than their "fit" friends, have lost hundreds more pounds in their lives and perhaps have even better insight into which ones would be fun for me.

    I would say I'm being overly sensitive to body culture issues, but I've read tons of these articles without hearing the tires come to a screeching halt. That's one of the things I love about this sight. I may not have agreed with all of the concepts I've read, but I never felt I was being talked down to, or that anything was so off in tone as this tiny remark.

    - 8/18/2010 1:41:56 PM
  • Terrific article... I've been in a rut lately so hopefully incorporating these tips will get me out of it! - 8/18/2010 9:27:52 AM
  • Great article! What a good set of tools to keep on hand. They're just common sense, but I guess it wasn't that common in my case. It's kind of like judo - use the opponent's strengths against them. - 8/18/2010 9:00:40 AM
  • I really like that approach. I will start thinking of what the challenge is in my obstacles and and figure out creative solutions like these. Thank you. - 6/7/2010 11:09:46 AM
  • JOURNEY2PEACE
    Funny how I am always sleeping past the alarm and always tired and yet I never considered it was because I wasn't getting enough sleep. I thought it was some kind of shortcoming of mine to not be able to get up on time.

    Also what you said about emotional eating really helped as well. Thanks for the article! - 12/5/2009 3:02:30 PM
  • CATHEITE
    I really enjoyed the positive and affirming message of this article. Great tips, especially for restaurant take out. - 8/31/2009 10:27:01 AM
  • SHERI1969
    Well said! Short and sweet, to the point! - 8/19/2009 3:16:27 AM
  • Some great ideas for mixing up the workout rut. I never thought of trading DVDs! Thanks! - 8/18/2009 9:16:42 PM
  • I thought this was a great article. It's full of great tips and tricks, as well as insightful understanding. Thanks! - 8/4/2009 3:13:23 PM