Busting and preventing excuses

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I use a lot of strategies to get and keep motivated, and I work to bust my own excuses. I started off slow and easy, with doable workouts that don't hurt. I began exercising by doing 10 minutes of targeted strength training and 10 or so minutes of cardio, EVERY DAY, because I had been telling myself that I only had that much time to spare. I read a lot of articles and other resources found here on SP. I incorporate enjoyable activity into my life, like walking my son to school, and dancing with my 2-year-old daughter. The more I move, the MORE I want to keep moving. I promise myself I can stop after 10 or 15 minutes, if I REALLY don't feel up to it, when I'm on the treadmill. I have a friendly challenge with myself, whether it's to see how far I can go in 30 minutes, or how fast I can go 1 mile or 2 miles. I have a goal to be able to do 20 standard push-ups, by doing incline push-ups on a lower step of my stairs, every time I master my current step. I reward myself with new workout gear. I also have plans for when my current work-out starts to bore me. I have DVD's for short total-body workouts, DVD's for dance type workouts, like belly dancing and Salsa. I have EA Sports Active for the Wii. I'm considering finding a 5k event to enter, this summer. I also visualize how I'm going to look and feel, once I've reached my goal weight by eating right and moving my body. I want to be able to "do more of the things I love" and not be tired all the time. I want to lead by example, especially for my kids.

If you look, you will find the answers that work for you.
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    You have a plan. emoticon Keep up the good work.

    Judy emoticon
    3074 days ago
    Good blog Sheila. There are many things we can do to keep moving and incorporate exercise into our day and it looks like you have a good handle on this.

    3075 days ago
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