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JKW1957 Posts: 185
11/23/12 11:57 P

I believe exercising is really important for successful weight loss and will help you feel better. The body releases endorphins when we exercise that make us feel better. When I think about exercising, I never feel like doing it but once I start I feel better. Start out slow. Walk if that is the only option available. I bought an elliptical. I could only do 10-15 minutes at first. I now do 50 minutes.

YLLWROSE86 SparkPoints: (976)
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11/22/12 3:05 P

I exercise 2-3 times a week after work. I go with a few coworkers... so even when I don't feel like it... we talk eachother into it. Once you get on the machine after the first 10 mins you get that burst! Get a workout buddy to hold you accountable to your workout schedule.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,152)
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11/22/12 12:17 P

"Accelerating fat loss" is bad idea. Making is sustainable is good. Do you track your caloric intake and expenditure? It may be that you are eating too little in the hopes that you lose the fat faster, but it won't work.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/21/12 11:27 P

One of the myriad of reasons I exercise early in the morning, before work, is because I am too tired, and too busy getting meals and doing laundry after work to do it. You'll find what works best for you. It has always helped me to have someone to meet with whom I could exercise. Accountability partners work. I hope your Zumba buddy stays doing it with you!

DANIELLE68 Posts: 148
11/20/12 10:13 P

Thank you everyone...your suggestions were so helpful. I'm definitely finding I'm using all of my points but maybe my body is adjusting. In the meantime, I'm happy to report that I agreed to meet two friends at Zumba tonight after a very long day at work. I took a 20 minute power nap and dragged myself there. Hopefully this is the start of something wonderful!

11/20/12 1:49 P

This has worked for me: I tell myself, "I'll exercise for 10 minutes, and if I can't do any more than that, I'll quit." I get to ten, and I'll say, "OK, just five minutes more." Then I start to feel the energy and start to actually enjoy what I'm doing; before I know it, I've done my 30 minutes or my mile and half or whatever my goal is.

The option to allow myself to stop sometimes paradoxically encourages me to keep going. I always feel better mentally and physically after I complete my exercise for the day, so it's worth it to push yourself forward.

SALONKITTY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/20/12 2:09 A

I find exercising regularly gives me more energy, so even on those days when I feel a little tired, I will try to do something and see how I feel when I'm half an hour into it. I've never felt too tired at that point to finish the workout.

If you've just reduced your calories, your tiredness could just be a temporary symptom of that which should go away as soon as your body adjusts.

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,984
11/19/12 9:54 P

Could you exercise before work? That way, you are not questioning whether you have the energy to do it after work. IF you can't do this, then have your exercise clothes ready and change into them immediately when you get home from work, and commit to doing something small like walking around the block. When I was working on exercising more regularly, I'd tell myself that I'd just walk in the treadmill for 20 minutes, and then I could quit, but I found that after walking for 20 minutes, I usually felt energized and wanted to do more.

KELLIEBEAN Posts: 6,653
11/19/12 9:30 P

Try talking yourself into "just a 10 minute walk" or "I'm tired, I'm only going to do 10 minutes on the elliptical." I usually get a burst of energy and get a good 30 minutes in. I have had some of my better workouts when I forced myself to "just do 10 minutes"

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11/19/12 9:24 P


Are you eating enough? How is your sleep? Remember it isn't uncommon for you to experiences episodes of low energy when you begin a new program, but if you are not gaining some energy in a couple of weeks, you may want to talk with your doctor about this. Exercise is cumulative, therefore if your step is to become more active during your day, that's OK, too. This is a lifestyle and not just another means to lose weight.

Coach Nancy

DANIELLE68 Posts: 148
11/19/12 9:16 P

So, I'm following the Weight Watchers plan and I'm back on track with my food. However, I'm finding I don't have the energy to exercise. Today I just couldn't get it together. I know I could accelerate my weight loss if I could get up and or have the energy to workout after work. Please share your suggestions. I'm so ready to successful at this.

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