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1/11/13 5:52 P

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I don't worry about staying motivated. I know how good it feels to swim, but ultimately it doesn't matter, because if I get a hankering not to go, I'm not gonna go. That's because I'm basically at heart a stubborn, lazy sh*t.

So key for me is not to get motivated, but to go even if I'm not motivated. And the key to that is to absolutely turn off all conscious thought and just put one foot in the front of the other. Autopilot from the first step out of the bed all the way to the pool and into the water. Then I can allow myself to think again. That, and it helps to have everything packed up the night before so all I have to do is grab it on the way out the door.

And even given all of that, sometimes it just ain't in the cards. That's what happened this morning. And I'm not beating myself up about it. Life is too short and there will be another opportunity.

***** Laurie in Northeast Ohio *****

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1/11/13 11:19 A

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Hey Everyone,

It's tough to get in the pool sometimes, especially in the winter. There's just something unnatural about stripping down to your swimsuit when it's 25 degrees outside, there's snow on the ground, and you're pasty white because your body hasn't seen the sun in 5 months.

Fortunately, I live in Florida and it's gonna be 85 again today. Warm for January even by Florida standards. But I remember waking at 5 a.m. from under 3 comforters in Michigan and trudging through the snow to the pool for a 5:30 workout. It can be hard sometimes.

Even now there are days when I don't feel like swimming. When I have one of those days I just think about how good I feel after my swim. The endorphins are going, I feel refreshed after being in the pool, my muscles feel good and tight, I feel good about myself because I did something good for my body. All of these things motivate me to brave those cool dark mornings and swim outside when the air temp in around 50 degrees.

What do you do to get motivated?

Until next time, GET WET and JUICE to you all!

Jonny Mac

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