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8/4/10 7:24 P

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We take a family walk each night, my daughter gets excited to go around the same time each night, thats all the motivation i need.
My hubby pulls her in a wagon when she gets tired and I can usually get in a good 15-20min jog. We walk anywhere from 1-2miles a night.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
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8/4/10 12:26 A

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Every day I take a walk either with our roommate or my husband. I make it a part of my routine that as soon as the kids are in bed and the sun is going down we walk/jog at least a mile often more. It's in the routine than I don't really need motivation to do it.

When I do need to do some extra cardio I remember how I looked at 311lbs and I never want to go back there again. It's amazing how much not wanting to be what you once were motivates me to get my booty in gear.

I hope everything goes well.

“All scars heal eventually. You must let them heal to move on. Scars are not there to remind you of your suffering; scars are there to remind you of the fact that you have won – your scars are healed.”

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8/3/10 2:11 P

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My children are my big motivators. So what I have done is put a picture next to all the things that I like to do. I am a big TV watcher, so in the top corner of my TV there is a picture of my kids. The same for my computer. That way I remind myself why I am getting healthy in the first place. So instead of sitting down to do those things and go and exercise, play with my kids, clean etc.

Kyra

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8/3/10 11:35 A

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Some days for me I just make myself put on my workout clothes and tell myself I will only do 10 minutes. When I do the 10 minutes if I still feel like I don't want to then I tell myself I will stop at 15. And usually by the 15 minute mark I just figure I came that far I might as well finish. It seems to have worked so far.

One ♥ for every 10 lbs. lost!!

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. ~Earl Nightingale

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JULIE_CAMPBELL's Photo JULIE_CAMPBELL Posts: 371
7/31/10 11:13 A

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I usually workout 5 or 6 times a week and every time i start analyzing and trying to make excuses for not working out, I ask myself:
What do I get out of this workout?
- I feel good about myself
- I feel energized
- I can accomplished anything
- I'm happier
- It takes 30-60 minutes
- More awake
- the list goes on :)
By the time, I'm done going through that list I'm usually already starting to work out. For me, I find that the more I work out the easier it get to do it automatically. My most important argument is: If i do this now, i don't need to think about it until the next day!
Good luck

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BIRBITT2010 Posts: 11
7/31/10 2:36 A

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I made a promise to myself when I started my weight loss venture. If I had time to think about getting my work out in, then I had time to get up and do it! So as soon as I think about working out I get up and work out, then as a reward I allow myself a "treat" (Think air popped popcorn and a movie, or fresh fruit). Sometimes all it takes to get me up is the promise of the goodies afterward.

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CNICHOLE518's Photo CNICHOLE518 Posts: 289
7/29/10 1:19 P

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I just try to give myself a pep talk. If i dont get off my butt and DO something today will i sit on my butt tomorrow too? What about the day after that? I'm trying to become healthier....and i need to give myself and my life 110%. If I dont do that, it only hurts me.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
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TABBERNA's Photo TABBERNA Posts: 23
7/26/10 2:28 P

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I just try to tell myself that it will give me more energy and kick start my metabolism. When all else fails I think of my next weigh and try to remind myself that I can do this and I have to lead by example! :)

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7/26/10 9:55 A

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I use the music thing. I have the new Arcade Fire album so I'm telling myself that I can go off and listen to it while walking.

I also do the bath things. And it does feel like a reward to come back to a warm bath and mini pampering session.

I am struggling right now but I guess you just need to remind yourself of how good it feels when you are good to your body and how satisfying it is to meet your goals.

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KAMCM12 Posts: 85
7/25/10 6:57 P

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Well, my iPod is my exercise buddy. As I like the cardio machines, I treat my workouts as 'me time', when I get to treat myself to some great podcasts/audiobooks/motivational tunes.

Also, I promise myself that when I get back from the gym I can have a lovely long luxurious bath.

It's virtually a spa day :)

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CHICCHICK1 Posts: 3
7/18/10 10:32 A

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I have used the if you see it you can do it matra, for a while and that seems to help. I walk and to get distance, if I can see the corner I can do it, to just keep going. It's a start. I'm just walking now for a while, not been exercising for a long time.......

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7/18/10 10:23 A

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It's funny because I am struggling right now with the same thing. Usually, it's the food part that is the hardest for me, but I have been really lazy in the exercise department. Lately, I have been trying to do things that really don't seem like a workout because I find them enjoyable to trick myself into doing it. For example, I love to read and recently bought a Kindle. I make a deal with myself that I can read, as long as I walk on the treadmill while doing it. Nothing super fast, just enough to keep my feet moving. I find at the end of the day my step count is up, I have burned calories, and I got to read and it really didn't feel like a workout. When I need to buckle down and get a tough workout in, I find that good music really pumps me up. If I can find a few good songs that really spark my desire to go hard, I put my headphones on and get lost in the music. I do a lot of treadmill work, and am also taking a cycling class a few times a week. Does anyone here do the P90X or workout videos? If so, how do you like them compared to going to the gym?

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RHYTHM_DIVINE's Photo RHYTHM_DIVINE Posts: 12
7/17/10 11:56 A

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I just don't think about it. If I think, "Should I work out? I don't feel like working out..maybe I'll do it later...I didn't eat much today..." I just have to stop myself. I stop analyzing and rationalizing and making excuses. I just do it! Once I get going after 5 minutes of moving I'll be motivated enough to finish, even if it's just a 15 minute walk. It's better than nothing. When I was within my normal weight range a few years ago, it always worked for me.

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7/17/10 11:54 A

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I just don't think about it. If I think, "Should I work out? I don't feel like working out..maybe I'll do it later...I didn't eat much today..." I just have to stop myself. I stop analyzing and rationalizing and making excuses. I just do it! Once I get going after 5 minutes of moving I'll be motivated enough to finish, even if it's just a 15 minute walk. It's better than nothing. When I was within my normal weight range a few years ago, it always worked for me.

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7/16/10 11:39 A

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I just couldn't get myself out of bed every morning meaning I was only working out 2 times a week. I changed my workout time to the evening. It has done wonders. I get up, eat a healthy breakfast, spend all day pumping myself up for the evenings workout. It seems to motivate me to eat healthier and be good all day and even if I have a setback from overeating then i just push myself harder that night at the gym.

I know this doesn't work for everyone but it has been my secret to success over the past months.

~Bill
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7/15/10 6:47 P

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Ok I have a few tricks. I put old pictures of me when I was smaller on the fridge, beside the TV, on my dresser, and in the bathroom. I keep my dumbbells beside the tv also. These constantly remind me of my goal. If you really want to lose that weight you have to remind yourself and force yourself. Honestly it motivates me to turn on the work out tape. I have to force myself to do the workout and if you have a good tape the trainer will motivate you to make it through it. Sometimes my spark people buddies really give me that extra push.

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7/13/10 5:10 P

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Sleep in your workout clothes...lol! No joke actually, I've been known to do that when I'm having an off week!

"Failure is like a reaction without a catalyst, the drive to succeed must always be present"

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7/13/10 3:27 A

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I am doing Insanity, By Shaun T. right now. I am on day 24, and the way I stay motivated is by telling myself that I have already done X amount of days of this, why can't I do another? Develop some way to keep a streak going.

If you seem to feel unmotivated at the end of the week try doing something out of the norm for that day. Just because you feel "unmotivated" doesn't mean that you can't motivate yourself. Try just putting on your workout gear and see if that motivates you.

Play Hard, Practice Harder!


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7/13/10 12:51 A

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I've been having trouble with that too. Some days I have to "trick" myself step by step. I have a lot of circuit training DVDs do I use that to my advantage.

I'll just put on my workout clothes.
I'll just do one circuit.
Okay, one more circuit.
And so on . . . . .
Before I know it, I have done a 40min. workout. Plus, I work harder in each circuit because it feels like it's the last one.

Or I'll go for a walk. "Okay, I'll just walk for 15min." Then, I have to get back home so there's another 15min.

Hopefully soon I won't have to trick myself so many days and I can just have my workout become part of my daily routine!

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7/12/10 7:56 P

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I try to get in at least three 40 minute workouts a week. When I feel unmotivated, I try to pick something active to do that doesn't seem like exercise. I get stuck in the whole rut of workout dvds and jogging, that I forget lots of activities I enjoy are good for me! Try going on a hike through the woods with some friends, or swim at the beach. Even yard work or cleaning counts. If all else fails, try a new workout DVD. Sometimes changing it up a little bit can get you motivated again.

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7/12/10 5:51 P

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the working out is where I have the problem lately myself.

"You don't drown by falling into the water, you drown by staying there" Edwin Louis Cole

"Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday" ~Author Unknown

"Sometimes life can be as bitter as dragon tears, but wheter dragon tears are bitter or sweet depends entirely on how each man perceives the taste" ~ Chinese Proverb


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7/12/10 4:57 P

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Hi everyone! I have been on Sparkpeople now for a month. I have lost 8.5 pounds and I am thrilled with that weight loss! I keep thinking that I may be able to lose more weight if I escalate my workout sessions. So far, I have worked out 2 days a week. This week, I worked out 3 days. Somehow, when the end of the week gets here and the weekend, I slack off and never seem to manage to workout or even have the desire to work out. Does anyone have any suggestions?? What do you do when you can't seem to get the motivation to work out? What does everyone do to work out? Treadmill? Ellyptical? Workout DVD? Thanks for the help! The nutrition part of my lifestyle change is going wonderfully so far, I just need some help on the fitness part :)

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