Feeling motivated!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Well I am feeling motivated. After years of dreading any kind of exercise, I think I've found my thing - swimming! It eliminates everything I hate about exercise - sweating, being hot, feeling like a rat, counting down the seconds and minutes until it's over, feeling exhausted at the end of a workout... Swimming is a full body workout, leaves me feeling refreshed and a bit exhilarated, and so far, I wake up almost 2 hours earlier than usual with anticipation, rather than dragging myself out of bed. So I'm thinking I've found my THING! I also tried a spinning class last week, which I really enjoyed, but I'm loving swimming so much that I might stick with it for now. If I get bored, I can always mix it up with a few spin classes. You know how I know I'm feeling motivated? The gym location closest to me where I just signed up informed me this week that they're closing the pool for repairs for the summer. I was annoyed that no one told me about that when I signed up a week ago, but I didn't let it be an excuse. I looked up the next closest location, sucked it up and drove twice the distance at the crack of dawn the next day to get my swim in. I'm MOTIVATED! And so far, all of the great stories and comments on Sparks from real people in similar situations - that's really motivating me too!

One other thing that I hope will motivate me - keeping a running total of the distance I've gone in a month and a cumulative total for the year. I didn't see a tool for that, so here's my sign off, which I'll try and remember to keep track of in regular posts. I just started tracking this month, so starting next month, I'll add a 'year so far' tally...

In May 2013 I...
Walked 11 miles
Swam 5.85 km

Can't wait to add to the total!! :)
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    Thank you all for the encouragement!!! :) So far, I'm loving my swims!! emoticon
    1812 days ago
    emoticon That is fantastic that you have found something you enjoy and is also beneficial to you in so many ways. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

    1822 days ago
    Makes it SO much easier when you find 'that' something you like and I'm happy for you that you've found yours :) My go-to of choice is Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos ... I'm a 'by myself' kind of exerciser and I have a huge variety of the dvds so I can mix it up all over the place ;)
    I am starting a Virtual Travels personal challenge on Saturday to track my running total. I am walking/biking/Leslie Sansone-ing my way from my house in Iowa to my SP BFF's house in Ohio ... 820 miles!
    Embrace that motivation and let it carry you far ... good luck and best wishes to you!
    1823 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/30/2013 8:15:48 PM
    Good for you! You found something you can do and like doing it. I've discovered hiking and vigorous walking, and I'm motivated because I'm beating prediabetes with exercise.

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