Would you leave the house without brushing your teeth? Taking a shower? I didn't think so! Today, and for the past three days I have been feeling very unmotivated. That's when I decided to look at exercise in a different way....the same way I look at brushing my teeth, taking a shower, eating....something that is done everyday, no matter what. Even if it is only for 10-20 minutes, just getting up and doing something sparks my motivation!
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I am an emotional eater, when I am in a binge mood. I now realize that I can stop and think okay what am I upset about, or why am I feeling bad about myself? Once I do that I can step away from the food, and feel really good and positive about myself. I didn't binge and I realize another trigger that I can watch for in the future. This also works for meal choices, am I really hungry or is it just that time of day? This very empowering to me.
Usually within two or three weeks of faithfully exercising, I have to stop and rest some sort of injury - a tweaked knee, a foot I can't put weight on - something that keeps me from exercising. Since December, I have been stretching at the end of EVERY workout session, so far, I am injury free. I am sore and feeling muscles and stuff, but I have not strand anything to the point that I can not work out. I never realized how important stretching is to your total workout.
Focus on what you are adding, not what you are taking away
Focusing on the healthy lifestyle choices I am adding, such as drinking lots of water, eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and getting daily exercise, helps keep me much more motivated than focusing on what I am taking away. My lifestyle is then not about deprivation but about making good choices for a healthier me.
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