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Why Did I Stop?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

When I joined SP 11 years ago, I tried to get on the elliptical machine and I could not get past 5 minutes without feeling like I was going to collapse. 4 years ago, I joined a fitness group where the instructor pushed me each day to push through that 5 minute mark. By the end of the week, I was still struggling, but I was able to do a 30 minute workout on the elliptical.

It has been a few months since I have been on the elliptical, but I'm willing to bet that I can push through past 5 minutes. I may not have the endurance I had for the 30 minutes, but I definitely know I can push through the 5 minutes now. Why? Because I've done it before.

The last time I worked out, there was still snow on the ground, and I decided to go easy on myself and just use the treadmill. I did a steady 3 minute mile on an incline. I actually felt great, but I did have to keep telling myself to push through the next 5 minutes until I finished a full 30 minute workout, because it had been awhile since I had worked out before then. But I did it. I pushed through to finish my goal of 30 minutes, and I survived.

My only problem is that I didn't go back. I don't understand why I don't go back? It is like the day I swam for 15 minutes in the pool at my old gym. Why did I stop? Why did I not go back? I don't understand why I give up so easily. I need to find out what it is in my mindset that is causing me to successfully work through a solid workout, but then not follow through on the next workout. There needs to be consistency.

I've had consistency before. I used to be at the gym 3 days each week for aqua fit. I used to be at the gym early in the morning so I could snag an elliptical before anyone else arrived. I used to be in beast mode when it came to getting fit, and I did attain my goal weight. But here I am, over 100 lbs from my goal weight, and I can't find the consistency again.

What happened? Where did I go wrong? What is the mental block keeping me from doing it? It is time to go on a self awareness journey to find that answer. And I don't think it will be an easy one to find.
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    emoticon I'm actually in a slump myself and asking myself these very questions. The answer that I've been coming up with is that I know what I have to do and I know how doing it will eventually make me feel but I also know that it's hard work and so I feel as if I am resisting that aspect of it. I just have to make up my mind and do what needs to done despite how much there is a part of my brain that actually doesn't want to. I don't know if you're in a similar place but just thought I'd share my struggle. Hope you find your answers. emoticon
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    Maybe a workout buddy would help
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  • COOP9002
    At least you keep coming back. This time you will make it work.
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    Hope you can figure it out.
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  • VHAYES04
    I understand. Why did I quit my journey 2 yr ago? I had excuses but that’s all they were! Now fast forward 2 yr and 50 lb here I am at it again. I will not quit this time. I am not a quitter!!
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  • SHAKTI816
    I wish I had the answer to your question. I love this blog because I really can relate. I think we all can. It's crazy how many times I've thought that very thing... why did I stop?! I think for me I've had to work hard time and time again to figure out a good balance. My first instinct is to be ALL OR NOTHING... which never lasts long. I do this in everything. I either need no cookies... or the entire sleeve of thin mints. I am not good with in between. I'm either working out every day.... or lounging around all week. I don't know the magic formula but I know the key is balance and consistency and I think it just comes down to making a mental commitment and not letting yourself down. You have to show up in some way MOST days. You have to eat better MOST days and move your body MOST days and on the days you just don't do your best. Forgive it fast and move on!!!

    Good luck to you on your journey!! CHEERS TO CONSISTENCY!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon
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