I Almost Gave Up Today

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

For the past couple weeks I haven't seen much change in my weight or measurements. In fact, I only lost one pound the week before last, and my Wii Fit game (Which is the only scale I have right now.) said I gained a pound last week although I still protest because I have no idea how that happened. I've exercised every day and I ate well all month. Anyway, the lack of motivation from results and couple with stress and less than stimulating exercise made me begin to dread my workouts. I didn't even want to get out of bed because I knew it would be time to workout.

Last week was tough because I was tired of it. I kept going though, because I wanted to finish up my entire month, thereby finishing one of those pre-made schedules that come with the programs for the first time. I did finish Friday, but I was so tired of it that I didn't feel proud of myself. Yesterday was the start of a new week and new cycle of the program, and I dreaded it. It was a struggle to keep going and my mind kept wandering. My workouts began to feel more like going through the motions rather than pushing for results.

Today I got up and dressed to workout first thing as usual, in order to motivate myself to do it asap. I didn't though. I procrastinated for a couple hours by making calls or cleaning, then admitted that I just didn't want to do it. Is that it? Is it time to give up? This always happens when I go on a diet. I thought to myself, "Do I really want to give up just so I can sit around and be lazy?" Then i realized, I didn't want to give up; I even wanted to exercise. The issue was that I was so sick of the video series I had been doing that I dreaded them.

It felt like cheating, but today I decided to play Just Dance on workout mode rather than doing the videos. I set it up on the longest program and started. Before long I was sweating more than I had with the Video Series in two weeks. The longest Just Dance program is only around 20 minute long, so I did a video unrelated to the prior series to finish up my 40 minutes.

Now that It's over it doesn't feel so much like cheating. I feel like I got a better workout today than I had in two weeks, even though it wasn't a program put together by a professional. The best part is that I don't dread my workout tomorrow or feel like quitting anymore. Hopefully this can get my back on track with my goals. I made a promise to myself not to quit and I intend to keep it.
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  • L1ZB3TH354
    So happy you didn't quit. I always change up my workouts......from aerobics to Zumba!
    I stay with something for about 5 days, get bored and do something else. Keep up the good work.
    2269 days ago
    You just needed some FUN! Work-outs that we look forward to (for challenge or for fun) are the ones we'll stick too. I only wish the roller-rink was closer to
    You have inspired me to try the Wii fit today for a little extra fun. I haven't been on it since before I started SP so I look forward to seeing what it says I weigh now. Sure would be nice to see my fat little avatar shrink a little!
    2269 days ago
    At any given point your body will be +/- 2 lbs, it is just the way it is. Especially girls. Don't get discouraged by one pound, or even a plateau. It's all a part of the process. You can go a couple weeks without much "weight' progress, but can find other things like your measurements have gone down and you fit in a pair of pants that last week wouldn't zip up. Make sure you are getting enough water and really concentrate on hitting a good protein level (I find for myself and many others protein is the hardest macronutrient to get into that range). Also, add strength training, if you haven't. It's best to do cardio and then ST. The Wii fit is the only scale I use too, and I love it. It's great. Keep going. emoticon
    2269 days ago
  • CAROLYNM1975
    I hear that! I'm on my 7th week of eating better and exercising and I'm starting to feel like you with my workout routine. I look forward to my runs but I seem to dread the exercise videos. You are smart! Way to go changing it up and doing better for yourself!
    2269 days ago
    Don't give up!
    2269 days ago
    It's great that you realized you needed to change up your workout. It's totally natural to get bored with the same old routine. Just remember that exercise is a lifetime habit like brushing your teeth or getting dressed and you will eventually become healthier. Regarding weight loss (or lack of), are you keeping track of what you're eating? Sometimes, when we know we're working out, we tend to eat more. Also, if you're doing strength training, you may be gaining muscle which weighs more than fat. If you find that you're continuing to get frustrated, you can also decide to gradually make changes instead of all at once...e.g. slowly incorporating more fruits and veggies, drinking more water, adding a few foods with high fiber, etc. Anyway, I wish you the best!
    2269 days ago
    Good Luck! emoticon
    2269 days ago
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