We're all rooting for you!! Losing 75 lbs has changed almost every aspect of my life, including my blood pressure, body fat, self esteem, balance (physical), clothing/appearance, empowerment, accomplishment, all good things. I was originally shooting for 50 lbs, but I could only focus on 1 lb a week. I never thought the weight was affecting me so much because I'd always been overweight/obese. Use me as part of your support system-I'm here!
Wow! ASCHU2, you have inspired me so much! Thank you! I have to loose almost as much as you did and I am inspired to do so!
1/26/14 11:00 A
I am constantly reading articles/images on bodybuilding.com and Bonnie Pfiester's blog for motivation. I also bribe myself with free audiobooks from the library on my iPod or buying that guilty pleasure song on the radio when I complete a workout. I have a great workout buddy who is steady as a rock, and I would never break a date with her. I also would tell you that you're investing in yourself, so make that appointment with yourself. For me, it's nurturing myself to push myself in the gym because it helps me deal with stress, makes me feel powerful, and helps me relax. I also indulge in epsom salts and smelly lotions and scrubs so when I'm all stinky and gross, it's part of the process to clean up! Keep at it. It does become a habit, like brushing your teeth, so even on days you're not feeling it, you go and you find the juice when you're there.
1/26/14 9:20 A
It is helpful for me to have an exercise buddy. I have three, actually, who attend the same spinning and body pump classes I do. Another idea is to take classes instead of doing it on your own. I have a treadmill at home, but go to the gym instead just to be around active people. I feed off them.
I love your 'mind set' TLB what a great idea!!!! Good thinking!!! Good attitude, hope you don't mind if I use some of this also.... look at how far you have come, you are an inspiration for me!
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548 1/26/14 12:40 A
January even with the ALL THE COLD COLD weather (sub-zero) we've had I've still been able to stride at doing 10,000 steps a day = 25 for 25 for 2014. And this in itself is an amazing feat for “me” as I am not an exercise person. I HATE HATE the “e” word, but have come to accept it as “an activity” instead, and hence - a different mind set!.
So how did I get to 10,000 steps a day from 1 to 1,000?? By incorporating a mind set of “smaller bites" idea. What started out as 10 minute SPARKS, and of course my SPAT buddy (great gadget) - which has pushed me to 10,000 steps a day for the past 25 days
But as with anything, I tend to get bored easily and .the motivation or thrill of this is waning fast so need to reeve up another action plan here. Need to set up another activity so I’m thinking of switch from clocking steps to clocking minutes and change from cardio/steps to strength/weights & flexibility/yoga - that sounds good! This will now be my plan of action for February
When I began 2014 I chose not to call it resolutions but rather my 2014 REVOLUTION So with that in mind, it makes sense now to change things up a bit in February. My 2014 Revolution has now evolved into setting new "mini" monthly goals instead of trying to conquer a whole YEAR at a time.
Edited by: TLB1630 at: 1/26/2014 (00:41)
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1/25/14 11:42 P
It happens over time. When I first started I had to force myself to be active. But after a few months, not only did it become habitual to be active but my body also craved it. I soon started to enjoy the feeling of being active. It started to feel good to move around and get my blood pumping. It waked me up, released endorphins in my body, etc...
It takes a while but you will get there.
Granted you want to find activities you enjoy. I personally enjoy swimming. I ended up joining my college's synchronized swimming team.
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1,546 1/25/14 9:17 P
You've got to find something you enjoy. I used to be a couch potato before I discovered martial arts. You couldn't pay me to run for exercise (no offense to runners - it just isn't me) but I never have a problem making my karate class.
1/25/14 8:10 P
I find it's a lot easier to love being active after forcing myself through it for the first little while. It's like Newton's Laws - an object in rest tends to stay at rest. Once I get myself in motion and see the physical and psychological benefits activity brings me, I have concrete examples to draw upon of why to be active. It's worked for me.
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1/25/14 7:22 P
Here are a few ideas
Here in Pa. today it was too cold to ride my bicycle. So I went hiking with my Golden at a State Park. I didn't have a trail map so I just keep following the white Blaze markers and another hiker's tracks in the snow. I knew I had to turn left to go down the mt. to do the loop to make it back to my car. I finally realized I was on the Appalachian Trail and ended up with a 3 hour hike.
That challenge of can I make it or not never keeps me bored
Change your routine up. Don't always walk the same road, ride your bike on the same routes. Go out and explore.
I guess I'm lucky in that I get a natural high every time I exercise but if you don't look for something different in nature.
Hope that helps
1/25/14 6:35 P
that's a super idea. Thanks for telling us.
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1/25/14 4:21 P
For those who claim boredom and lack of money (and trust me I'm not rich by any means so I know!) YouTube. If you have a computer you have access to a wonderful fitness tool. There are so many videos absolutely free, from Zumba and Pilates to kickboxing and strength training. We have invested in a Chromecast (which hooks up to your TV, it's a tiny little thing too) and I can broadcast from my computer or my phone. I love classes but can't afford them so YouTube is the next best thing. There are also workout videos on Amazon Prime (about $50 a year and well worth it for us for the programming and the free 2 day shipping).
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1/25/14 1:10 P
Once you get going, it will just be habit for you! YOU CAN DO IT! And when you start to see yourself reaching your goals, you'll be siked and won't want to stop :) The body releases endorphins when you work out and get your blood pumping, once you get used to feeling that, you'll be hooked!
1/24/14 7:30 P
that's an intersting perspective.
1/24/14 2:58 P
When I first joined SP I was at the heaviest weight in my life. Exercise was the most difficult part of the program to adhere to (even though I had been very active when I was younger). What helped me overcome that "lazy" mindset (and I don't mean to be mean) was to look at women who were much fatter than me and determine NOT to end up like that. When I was on the treadmill of bike or elliptical and was starting to lose steam I would imagine the "fat gremlins" trying to catch me to attach themselves to my thigh, and it would make me walk faster.
Now that I am active on a daily basis I am just grateful for the privilege to be able to move and do what I want with energy and comfort. It's a liberating feeling!
1/24/14 1:43 P
Thanks Michelle for linking us to your blog. That was interesting.
I am bored with my exercise. I do walking or bike riding.
I don't have the money for classes or a club. I like the idea of challenging yourself on something new and improving on the other stuff.
I have to admit, besides boredom, my energy has dropped since I had this cold and still residue of it, nearly a month later.
1/24/14 1:38 P
For me, it's really a 3 step process. You need to learn to eat healthy for your individual body. I can't eat a lot of healthy foods, because they weigh me down and make me tired - which leads to lazy. Once you start eating well for your body, this is where the energy comes in.
Once you have the energy to go do something, find something you enjoy, or you won't stick with it forever. Walk if you like walking. Run if you like running. Do some yoga or zumba. Take a step class, or find a YouTube video.
Once you do a workout for a week, you'll notice your body changing a bit, and that in itself is very addicting.
that is insightful, and this whole thread is interesting.
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3,415 1/23/14 2:05 P
I use my laptop as a motivator while I use my elliptical. Once my heart rate is up I am ready for strength training, stretching and all types of activities. I love using the resistance band and calisthenis but my least favorite is weight training but it is the healthist for me!
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1/23/14 2:03 P
Start slowly, find something you like to do, it will become a habit. For the last four months I've had to slow down due to illness and injury but I still look for things I can do to stay active. I feel funny without getting some exercise. I'm mostly stretching and walking now. And I have plenty of lazy days where I don't feel like I can get up but the next day I get up and do something. As long as I reach my total for the week I'm ok with skipping when I'm really not up to it.
Like another poster, I like individual activities like walking, dance, skating. But there are plenty of team sports or ball sport you can do if being part of a group helps motivate you (volleyball, tennis, softball.) And think larger too...kayaking, beach frisbee, house cleaning, martial arts, geocaching, it all counts. I walk to run errands when I can and I track it all.
P.S. SP has a seated cardio video for mornings when I want to do something but am too tired to get up, change clothes, go to the machines. I can do it in my p.j.'s from my couch with my eyes closed and I still get ten minutes of cardio. It feels lazy to me but is still exercise!
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1/23/14 9:32 A
Proof of change for me. I can't watch a show in which people are being active without wanting to (and usually doing) getting up and being active myself. It's pretty horrible sometimes because I'll be watching something with DH and someone will be rock climbing and I'm massively afraid of heights but yet I start thinking "What if I went rock climbing? It would beat watching TV." I literally can't sit still anymore. Hubs watches TV and I half watch, half walk around the apartment doing random things. If we had more money/a bigger place I'd probably invest in an exercise bike or something so I wouldn't miss crucial parts of shows and movies.
1/23/14 5:36 A
I have been struggling lately on exercise but yesterday I took a four mile hike with a lot of up hill climbs. I was breathing heavy all the way up an taking numerous stops due to muddy trail and breathlessness. When I got home I realized I felt really good, I think I reached that needed exercise level for the mood boost and I was pretty proud of myself for the finish. I think it is those days that I feel best about myself and exercise that puts it into perspective. It makes me want to be active.
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224 1/22/14 10:54 P
I can't really do it now because my ankle hurts if I do, but last year when I lost all kinds of weight, a lot of it was because I started rollerblading. I found things that I used to like when I was a kid and tried them as an adult. Rollerblading, for me was just as fun as when I was younger.
I really think it helps to find something that you liked to do as a kid.
Learning that 1 lb of muscle burns 300-500 calories a day so if I gain 10 lbs of muscle my body will pretty much burn 3500 calories or 1 lb worth of calories. So, I will lose approx. 1 lb a week or keep me from gaining 1 lb of body fat each week. This has motivated me to start strength training like I never have before or so long ago I forgot about it!
It doesn't have to be super heavy weight or take hours of time to do it either. You will be surprised how much you can get in during 25-30 minutes!
1/22/14 9:17 P
It really helps me to schedule "active" socializing. So, if my sister wants to come over and chat with me for an hour, we'll go walking outside instead of sitting around (or we'll pace around the house if the weather is bad). I also have a friend who goes walking with me (once a week we take an hour-long lunch break for it during the workday), and now I've convinced my boyfriend to do "active dates" (going walking or biking together for an hour at least once a week).
I started building all of those physical activities into my social life a few months ago, and it helped me build my fitness very gradually, and with joy. Now I'm adding in more intense (solo) cardio, and it seems more like an evolution and less like a chore. (Not that it's always easy, of course!) I'm still hoping to eventually find a buddy to do more intense activities with (tennis, jogging, etc) - we'll see if I can hook anybody into it!
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548 1/22/14 8:59 P
Something that has really changed "my-lazy" mind to becoming MORE ACTIVE...
#1 is owning a SPAT - I absolutely it!! My SPAT has become my very dependable buddy system and we are enjoying time spent together to get all those pretty lights to glow -
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262 1/22/14 3:47 P
It really gets better when you get fitter and exercising becomes fun and less tiresome.
But until that time I did use some "mind tricks" to make it easier: 1. setting goals (like signing up for a 5k run) to make sure I had a reason for following a training plan, even on days when I did not feel like it. 2. tell people about the goal to find support (and also because you don't want to go back and tell people that you didn't do the run) 3. stop complaining to myself, and just do it. I used to say things like: "I really don't feel like getting up" when I was bed or on the couch and needed to start working out. That really doesn't work, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
I am still quite lazy, but out of that same laziness I keep doing my weekly runs, because if I stop now I will have to start over again in a couple of months, which would mean I am out of breath all the time again and I don't want to go back to that phase. So it is less work to just maintain my current fitness.
Good luck, I am sure you will be able to find a way to include exercise that will work for you!
It's hard when there is so much on my plate that skipping a workout seems like me time and one less thing on my list...so it's easy for me to just not do it. I have to retrain my mind to think that working out is me time and the reward is two fold since not only am i getting a workout but allowing me to de-stress and feel better which is ultimately what i want to achieve.
1/22/14 1:46 P
I fully agree with you, it is a personal decision.
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1/22/14 12:25 P
Things are hard for me sometimes too. I don't have the greatest coordination (in fact I suspect I'm actually dyspraxic) and I have joint issues that I've had to work past along with hating to be sweaty (winter takes care of that one, Michigan is very dry in winter and all I have to do is pop open a window if I'm getting overheated working out in my apartment). I've just had to get myself to be OK with being slow. When I hike I forewarn that I'll be slow and my hiking partners (who are family, so that helps) are ok with letting me not be as fast. Everyone knows that I'm not supposed to run or otherwise overly stress my knees (doctor's orders) so everyone is OK with my speed.
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38 1/22/14 10:38 A
I feel like I just do not enjoy being uncomfortable...and working out in just about any capacity makes me uncomfortable. If I'm out of breath, I hate it. If I'm struggling to get that rep in, I hate it. So many things make me sick to my stomach (like crunches, weight training - anything that engages the abs) that I avoid it like the plague. But, then I hate seeing what I see when I look in the mirror. I think walking is the only thing I don't hate. After I get my knee surgery in February I would like to start hiking - but I need to do it alone because other people have more stamina than I do and I hate feeling like a wimp when I need to rest every 15 feet and they are just whizzing along like it's nothing. I wish I could fall in love with being active.
I am slowly growing to "love being active"! Since my injury last March, I had become a couch potato, and a computer magnet.... but since I started PT in the pool, I now go 3x a week swimming and with my new 'tracker' I am committed! This is slowly becoming a 'GOOD' habit, one that I DON'T want to break but instead increase! I have also increased my time while in the pool which has strengthened my muscles and reduced the fat in both my arms and legs! I am also now slowly exercising at home with a knee brace to support my leg and that is helping me to loose!!! I think my 'mind' is a changing....
1/22/14 4:24 A
I love walking but my body has gotten so used to doing it everyday that I think that walking will no longer reduced my weight, I think that I may have to either up the intensity of the walk maybe do some intervals which I have heard are a great way to speed things up. I would really like to get addicted to strength training though, but I just don't know where to start.
I think just making sure you're doing a little bit regularly is really the only trick. Once you've been doing that for a wee while, you'll suddenly start to miss it... like how your body starts to crave veges if you haven't had them for a few days (in fact, it's a pretty similar feeling!)
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39,477 1/21/14 8:57 P
Personally, I think a person has to reach their own 'turning point' or epiphany of when they look in the mirror and say "Enough!" ........... No one can turn them ....... probably not the best blog on why I should exercise .......... Mine was when I got some pictures developed and I looked at them and was horrified!! I did not have a full length mirror and so therefore somehow was in denial that weight was creeping on .......... until I looked like a slug! I felt like one too! ........... It was a loathsome feeling .............. I still have that one pic. tucked away to on occasion take it out and remind myself .............. "I will NEVER look or feel like that again! ........... I have a real disdain for sheer apathy whether it be with health and fitness, or people's work ethics and on down the line .......... Like I said, it is individual .............. these are my thoughts ........ they don't have to be yours .......... But the topic came up .......... so I expressed freely ............ It's individual. P.S. ............... It's kind of like When does one Quit smoking? ............. Answer: When he's had enough! ............. When does one decide to stand up and STOP being lazy? When they are tired of being fat.........
Edited by: 2BDYNAMIC at: 1/21/2014 (20:59)
1/21/14 1:42 P
I appreciate your comments, BLUESENOUGH. I should clarify the term, "mind trick"...
The term "mind trick" reminds me of Star Wars...the "Jedi mind trick." The term has stuck with me, and I often refer to it when I talk about making (big/difficult) changes in my life. When I really want to improve and change myself and my life patterns, I have to re-train my mind (and heart) to do it. Obi Wan I am not!
1/21/14 1:42 P
When I first joined the Army we had to run and I remember how I hated it but then I did it so much that it became second nature to me and as a result, I maximized my points at every event and was so proud that I went from a non-runner to a successful runner. I had to fix my mindset and also knew the consequences of not running during times when we were not being tested.
Our bodies are similar, there are consequences for not working out and it shows in the amount of weight we gain. Seeing it through the eyes of our maker will help up be better stewards of our bodies.
You know, for a long time I was very much the same -- I was inactive and I had a fundamental distaste for any sort of activity. When I made the decision to change my lifestyle, though, two things happened. The first was that even though exercise started out as a chore, it became something I wanted to do. I may never *love* going to the gym, but if I don't work out at least 3 or 4 times a week, I don't feel right. I've been working out regularly for almost five years, now, and it doesn't feel like something I *have* to do. It is something I want to do.
The other thing that happened is that as I got in better shape, being active stopped being difficult, and because it stopped being difficult, it stopped being unpleasant. I don't just mean "working out" -- incidental exercise like biking or walking to work became second nature, rather than an effort.
I don't think any of that is a mind trick, but if you can keep it in mind that at some point, this isn't going to just be a chore, I think it'll be easier to keep going.
I was never active or exercised really until I hit my 20's. Now my body craves really intense cardio - running, HIIT, kickboxing, etc. - which I have found that I like and have built up to doing. More than a day off, and I get twitchy. I still have a love/hate relationship with ST - I hate doing it, but I love how strong I feel and how much easier it is to do things. Once you do it for about a month and find something you like, you become addicted to doing it. I still don't always love it, but it's not hard to make myself do, the majority of the time.
Start off slow - don't push too much, too fast - and try a bunch of different things to find what you like. Schedule 20-30 minutes per day. If working out at home, walk, put on good music and dance around to get you heartbeat up, find a video on YouTube, get some resistance bands and do body weight exercises. Spark has some great beginner workouts, and lots of exercise suggestions and demos. If you join a gym, try a different class each week, if you can. Try different cardio machines. Have the staff take you around for an orientation and be shown how to do different things. Most gyms have a basic area where there are basic strength machines to help you build a base level before moving on to free weights, etc.
1/21/14 9:55 A
Tap into the reasons you need to exercise. It's about finding intrinsic motivation. I exercise because I know it keeps me healthy in the long-term. I exercise because even if I don't always enjoy it while it's happening, I feel so good afterwards.
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1/21/14 9:26 A
I echo the idea that, you just have to do *something* each day and make it a routine. It could be walking 10 minutes or doing jumping jacks during commercials. But something. Eventually, it will become a habit and then you'll start to miss it on the days you don't do it and want to do more.
1/21/14 9:22 A
I'm like you, XRED. I was inactive for so long that it just became a way of life. Your post and several others here have struck a chord with me, because I never thought I was lazy, and I spoke right up and said that I didn't enjoy exercise. I mean, I'm a hard worker in every other avenue of my life, right? But exercise never appealed to me.
Recently, I've started learning to deal with my "insecure self," so that I can become a better person...all the way around. I have great potential (and so do you).
There is DEFINITELY more to kicking bad habits and learning new and better habits than simply "just doing it." There are some who would say that we are lazy, and while it might be true from someone else's perspective, there may be other things that are holding you back.
So, yes, I would say that there IS a mind trick to it. At least there is a mind trick for me.
You ask if there is more to lifestyle change than finding something you like to do, and if it must involve work and discipline. Well, fortunately for you, me, and all of us who want to do great things in life, it DOES involve hard work and discipline. Just think about it for a second... every morning you get up, take a shower, dress yourself, and start your day...all of those things require work and discipline, but they DO, eventually become a part of who you are. Exercise and living a healthy lifestyle can and should be a part of all of us. Work...HARD work should be a part of all of us. Self esteem should be a part of all of us. But you have to really like yourself first. You have to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you are worthy to have a good life...that you DESERVE to have good things in your life...that you can help others be happy because you have self-worth.
Yeah. There's definitely a mind trick to it.
Good luck in your quest.
1/21/14 9:16 A
I reward myself with non food treats. Even if I don't like the workout I know I have something to look forward to and it does help.
1/21/14 8:38 A
I wouldn't say that there is a trick. Finding things that you like doing is important, as is establishing a routine. I will add the gloomy fact that is gets harder to keep weight off as you get older, even if you good habits. So it is best to get started now. I still have lazy days where I don't do much but the rest of the week I actually feel very accomplished after going to the gym. I like seeing the gains that I have made in my strength and endurance.
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1/21/14 7:34 A
I'll echo making sure you start off at a low level (if you don't it's very likely you'll give up because your body just isn't used to it and you'll know that pretty fast!) and changing your mindset about it! I was never very active (except when I was struggling with an eating disorder in my late teens and early twenties) until a couple of years ago and a lot of that was just the mentality I've always had about exercise being something I was made to do and not fun at all (I was never good at sports and gym class was horrible for someone who was constantly bullied period and both too thin and too fat at different points). At some point though I discovered that I like dance classes and lots and lots of solitary exercise. I still don't like sports...I'm not that coordinated and I still don't like running...and I'm not supposed to run with my knee issues anyway but I have things I do like. I walk year round, I walk in snow and will even venture out when it's icy (I have ice cleats for my boots) and in summer I'll go out in the morning or the evening (I'm very heat adverse). I swim the minute it's warm enough (which is still too cool for most people!). I do dance videos when the weather is adverse or I just don't feel like going outside. I would take dance classes if I could remotely afford them.
I mean I'm exhausted right now (actually overdid it the last couple of weeks) and I've still got exercise on the brain. I have both a YouTube queue and a few Amazon Prime videos waiting for me as well as I'm looking forward to getting back to my Wii dance game. I HAVE been going out for walks still (I can't do nothing) and doing strength training.
Well, finding something you enjoy IS a big part of it. Whether it is walking in a park, doing a dance video that is more "fun" than "work" out, making a game of it rather than just exercise, etc.
Also, it can help to try to schedule exercise at the same time each day (it doesn't have to be mornings if another time of day works better for you), as this helps make it part of your routine, rather than something you need to get specifically motivated for.
Also, start gently, and keep within your limits. It helps if you are confident that you can handle it, and are not intimidated or scared about overdoing things. Of course, you should gradually increase the intensity over time, but if you are exercising regularly, you will find you can probably add a little more to your workout every week or so.
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1/21/14 5:25 A
I hated exercise when I first started and told everyone I did, until I realized I didn't. You might never learn to love it, but it's like work, you have to do it anyways. At least start with an open mind that it's good for you.
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3,293 1/21/14 1:06 A
I was never lazy. I had to reduce and stop exercising due to an acute illness. As soon as I could exercise again, I was back in the pool straight away.
Exercise is also an addiction and a habit. The endorphins feel really good. I get grouchy when I can't exercise.
So I think that you have to leave all the baggage of the past behind and give exercise a try with an open mind. It is a habit--if you can force yourself to do it until it becomes a habit (usually this takes less than a month) you might find that you actually enjoy it.
What kinds of exercise are you thinking about trying?
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1/21/14 12:51 A
Ok so let's face it, those of you who have been like me and have never really exercised before (aka love being lazy) know that the concept of changing your lifestyle isnt exactly appealing. I believe that like certain foods are addictive and are a problem, so is inactivity. It can be an extremely hard habit to break for some. So when you have to lose 80 lbs like me, and want to lose it and keep it off, the idea of having to keep working out after ive lost the weight can be very discouraging. So my question is, how to break the addiction to being lazy? How do you learn to enjoy exercise in other ways than just finding something you enjoy? Does it really have to be all work and dicipline or is there some kind of mind trick to it?