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Gather your gear the night before so all you have to do is grab it when you're ready. Currently, I'm choosing to workout before work each morning. I also like to lay out what I'm wearing to work the next day, so I won't get stressed and eventually tell myself that there's no time to work out before work. It all takes just a few minutes.
When I'm very busy or "frazzled" and doing cardio exercises on machines like the elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill, I find that my mind starts to wander to all the other things I have to do - meaning I'm not giving my all to my workout or performing at my best, To help me get back & stay on track, I pick a body part and focus on only that one part while I'm working out - like the way my foot hits the treadmill each time or the way my calf muscle tightens when I pedal. Works every time!
One way I make sure I clock my exercise minutes is to plug in my goal time into the machine and tell myself I can get off whenever I want. That way there's no pressure, but I have my goal in sight. I usually end up staying on the whole time and I feel great about it in the end.
I've found that I really do move more when I do something I love - like hooping or biking ;) Even though a morning walk or family moving is a great idea, it doesn't always happen which means I'm not making my exercise a priority....doing something I love that's easy for me to do is the key to my movement ;)
When I started actively trying to lose weight and get back in shape last year (right about the time I first joined SparkPeople), I weighed 251, was having sciatica attacks, and could barely move around. I was so out of shape, I had trouble going on an actual walk, so I bought a Wii, along with Wii Sports and Wii Fit Plus, and started with those. After two months, I was twenty pounds lighter and could then start a walking regimen. If you can't walk, Wii, but move!
We're limited in our shopping choices where I live so I really rely on Costco. They sell locally caught fish which I eat a lot so I buy a big chunk of fresh fish and cut it into 4oz chunks, bag them individually and put them in my freezer. When I'm hungry for fish I put one of the baggies in a bowl of cold water and it defrosts in no time - like a big ice cube. Then I have some good quality protein to cook and toss into a salad for lunch or with a side dish for dinner.