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As a stay at home mom and generally busy woman around the house, taking 60 minutes or more at a time for workouts is impossible. So I have learned to break my workouts into 20 minute bites at a time. 20 minutes is perfect with at least 8 oz of water right after.
When I first started to exercise I could barely do 3 sit ups. But I just kept going - 3 was better than nothing. No matter how small or how little you can do just do it. Now I do a full 60 minute weights training 2 to 3 times a week and 25 to 30 minutes on the stationary bike almost every day.
When I lack motivation to exercise, I turn on the Spark. I read the exercise message boards, success stories, watch the biggest loser and then after all of that I just walk into the gym and let it happen. Do anything you feel like doing. Then come back and track it. You did it! Feels so good!
When I run, I lose my breath quickly and have to stop to walk often. Now, I have slowed down so that I can keep going, no matter what. My mantra has become, "It's not the speed; it's the completion of the task." I even used this to finish a 10 K, although at a snail's pace.
I work out at home with several fitness DVD's, and keep a glass of water nearby, I manage to drink about 2 large glasses by the time the DVD is finished! Putting a straw in the glass makes it easier, too