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Monday, May 13, 2013

I have some pretty standard excuses that try to keep me from exercise:

- I'm tired.
- I need to catch up on Facebook.
- I need to clean the stable.
- I need to call my mom (or sisters, friends)
- I want to read my new book.
- My knee (hip, wrist, lower back) hurts.

I think that the activity that sucks up most of my time is the computer with Facebook,, email, reading the New York Times. It's hard for me to control the time, as it's my connection to family and friends. I've started to get better at ignoring the notices when I have the laptop up on the treadmill console when I'm watching baseball games (Go Red Sox!) and walking. I used to slow down to check every new notice. Now I don't.

Now, when I call my mom, I set the treadmill on a low speed so it doesn't make too much noise, and I walk and talk. I don't get the steps I would if I were going faster, but it's a lot better than talking while sitting down.

The stable needs cleaning, and I've found that I can do it easily just after I give the donkey her afternoon feeding. By then, the plops from the night before have dried out and are easier to clean up.

I find that I only really get 8 hrs of sleep on the weekends. I'm working on this, and the Fitbit sleep monitor is helpful in this. I get some reading in when I go to bed, but it's usually only for a few minutes, as I fall asleep quickly.

Oh, the aches and pains. They seem to be somewhat better as I take the weight off, but they still get me. Advil and my Ceragem massage bed both help.

There will always be excuses, but this is the time to get up and work out. I've been doing well on this, walking several miles almost every day. I'm getting close enough to my goal weight that it's getting easy to see the finish/maintenance line. This alone is a big motivation for me. It's just a matter of wading through the excuses and get to it.

Yes, we can!
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    I believe we are soul sisters.
    Or I wanna be you.
    But not with a donkey.

    1857 days ago
  • FITKAT62
    When I am finding it hard to find the motivation to exercise I tell myself I only need to do it for 10 minutes. Once I get into it that 10 minutes usually turns into half an hour or so. I do this a few times a day and it works for me.
    1863 days ago
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    1863 days ago
    You may have tried this but I love the pomodoro technique: set it for 10 minutes to do whatever (email or laundry folding). DING. Set it again to do ANOTHER thing. That way, you'll train yourself (or maybe always use it) to focusing on shorter times.

    Talking to your mother? Well, I understand. I live on the ranch and there's nobody who'll kill an hour of your time like a mother (and we're not 'close' so it's not truly enjoyable; it's a duty).
    1864 days ago
    I have a whole list of my own.... So, thanks for this blog! I'm going to get up and get moving!

    You just inspired me to get off my ........

    Have a great day!

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    1864 days ago
    I too can be pretty crafty at finding excuses not to exercise. The problem always is starting. I just try to remember when I don't want to exercise to just get up and do it anyway, and then 10 minutes or whatever you are planning almost always turns into something longer. It sounds as though you are doing well though and have started to figure out ways to get it all done in a shorter amount of time. Sometimes I really wish there were more hours in the day, and other days they just can't end soon enough!! Will I ever be happy??
    PS Sorry about the Bruins but we are rooting for the Rangers. My son has been a hockey fan since he was about 2 and we used to have the Hartford Whalers here in CT but now only have the farm team for the Rangers.... thus the connection. Bruins used to be the arch rivals of the Whalers!! emoticon
    Sad to say I think the aches and pains will always be there but it does get better when the weight comes off, but it also seems the more active I am the joints are better as well
    Keep sparking and stay strong. We can do this!! emoticon
    1865 days ago
  • EWL978
    Since our Red Sox are doing nothing good lately and the Bruins just caved in on the 7th game with a 4-1 score half way through the 3rd (they're the 1) should have plenty of time to get back to what you need to be doing. I should say that I can't understand why you don't feel that cleaning the stable is a good exercise????

    To me, that's got to be a back buster!!
    1865 days ago
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