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raw23
09-21-2008, 01:24 AM
Some days I come home from working all day and just want to veg or do my school work. :book2: But I know I should be working out!! :frypan:

So, what motivates you when you really don't want to work out? What do you tell yourself to get up and go? What do you tell yourself to get moving?


(btw... if this thread already exists, please direct me. Thanks!)



:lifter::running::exercise::woops::swim::strong:


shrillharpy
09-21-2008, 03:40 AM
In a word--clothes. Seriously. I like nice clothes, and they're hard to find beyond a size 14/16--although the selection is getting somewhat better in larger sizes.
As I tell my friends, it's the clotheshorse (sp?) in me that drags me out of bed at 5:15 when my alarm goes off.

raw23
09-21-2008, 10:36 AM
LOL! :D Awesome answer!


luckymommy
09-21-2008, 10:52 AM
I have a friend who inspires me a lot. She has Lupus and yet she's at the gym two hours a day. One hour cardio, on hour weights. I have chronic migraines and I still workout. I also have a foot injury and a child with special needs and I still work out. The point is that I just do it. The hardest part is showing up. I sometimes tell myself that I"ll only do x amount of minutes, but then, I convince myself to do more. :)

IBCruzNSoon
09-21-2008, 11:19 AM
I have come to realize that at the end of the day, I am too tired and can come up with a million and one excuses not to get exercising. So to combat that, I workout before my day even begins. Yeah, I'm tired when the alarm clock goes off and it's still dark out in the morning.....but I am a lot less tired then, vs when I come home after work. Do I like having to exercise? NOOOO......but in order to reach my goals, I MUST do it, so I do!:smug:

midwife
09-21-2008, 01:47 PM
I have a workout partner for running and a personal trainer for weightlifting. If I schedule an appt with someone, I don't miss.

CountingDown
09-21-2008, 02:05 PM
For me it isn't motivation. Motivation comes and goes. For me, it isn't an option. Just like going to work, and cleaning the house, and paying bills - I WILL exercise.

Really - it is non-negotiable. I allow myself to choose WHAT I will do, not IF I will do.

SBD Sass
09-21-2008, 02:12 PM
I'm having a problem with getting motivated to work out as well. I actually started out today via SparkPeople with strength exercises with my DD13 (the baby 10 mos. was down on the floor with me too). I figure that if I start off slow it will help me to move into cardio (which I hate) and then I'll be addicted. Everybody says you get addicted once you start doing good in cardio. We shall see.

urockmom
09-22-2008, 09:38 AM
For me, I really just feel better if I have exercised that day. I am old enough now (42!) that things are starting to hurt even I don't do anything. If I have exercised I can at least attribute the hurt to that! :)

MBN
09-22-2008, 10:02 AM
I work out early in the morning. I lay out everything the night before, and then in the morning I'm too sleepy/stupid to do anything different. By the time I wake up, I'm done for the day!

Seriously, though, working out in the morning fits my schedule and temperament best. If I tried to work out later in the day, there would just be too many things that can get in the way. I put my morning workout on my calendar and stick to the schedule!

The other thing that helps me is to set specific goals -- I'm usually training for a race or some kind of event. Then I'm not working out, I'm "training", and if I miss workouts it will impact my ability to reach my goal. It keeps me going ...

Lovely
09-22-2008, 10:29 AM
I have a workout partner for running and a personal trainer for weightlifting. If I schedule an appt with someone, I don't miss.

Similar...

I schedule the appointment with myself. "Oh, I've got a 4:00 meeting with the treadmill, can't miss that!" Motivation is fleeting, so I've chosen to make it a routine instead of just when I feel like it.

MotoMichelle
09-22-2008, 01:15 PM
For me it isn't motivation. Motivation comes and goes. For me, it isn't an option. Just like going to work, and cleaning the house, and paying bills - I WILL exercise.

Really - it is non-negotiable. I allow myself to choose WHAT I will do, not IF I will do.

Agree 100%! Exercise is simply part of my life now. It's not if I do or don't want to do it, it's just something I have to do.

At this point on my off days I feel a bit weird that I don't have plans for the gym. I work out 5 days a week with 2 off.

JulieJ08
09-22-2008, 01:17 PM
I remind myself that it's the day after day that works, not the once in a while.

DianaG
09-22-2008, 02:41 PM
Good question. For me, my motivation is seeing myself thin in my mind and my two little ones. I have diabetes and hypertension. I want to improve my health so I can be here for them for quite awhile yet. So when I do not feel like I want to do it I look at them and do it anyway and envision myself buying clothes in a normal store while I am doing it.
Diana

JulieJ08
09-22-2008, 02:49 PM
I also try to remember that there are plenty of times when life keeps me from sticking to my food and exercise plans. So I don't need to add in any intentional deviations. A forced one will come along soon enough ;).

raw23
09-22-2008, 03:02 PM
For me, I really just feel better if I have exercised that day. I am old enough now (42!) that things are starting to hurt even I don't do anything. If I have exercised I can at least attribute the hurt to that! :)

:lol::lol::lol::lol: That's a good way of looking at it!

I have diabetes and hypertension.

I bet it helps your blood pressure, too, hu?

MotoMichelle
09-22-2008, 03:11 PM
I bet it helps your blood pressure, too, hu?

It does. I was on BP meds at the beginning of this year. No longer.

DianaG
09-22-2008, 04:09 PM
Raw23: I certainly hope it does. I have not been back to the doctor since I started my routine, but I have an appointment at the end of October. I am hoping that the visit shows a normal blood pressure and a drop in weight. I am already down 10lbs since my last visit to her, so we shall see.

My goal with my endocrinologist is to have me off insulin and either just on oral medication or just diet and exercise. He is not sure yet how my body will react. I guess it depends on my pancreas once I lose the weight on whether I will still need meds for my diabetes. Not having to wear my insulin pump would be fantastic even if I do have to stay on the oral meds.

MotoMichelle: Congratulations! It helps keep me motivated to hear about other people not needing their medications anymore.

raw23
09-22-2008, 04:34 PM
Raw23: I certainly hope it does. I have not been back to the doctor since I started my routine, but I have an appointment at the end of October. I am hoping that the visit shows a normal blood pressure and a drop in weight. I am already down 10lbs since my last visit to her, so we shall see.

My goal with my endocrinologist is to have me off insulin and either just on oral medication or just diet and exercise. He is not sure yet how my body will react. I guess it depends on my pancreas once I lose the weight on whether I will still need meds for my diabetes. Not having to wear my insulin pump would be fantastic even if I do have to stay on the oral meds.

Thats great! :carrot: You can do it!
When my mom works out (gardens) her bp drops about 20 points. Same with the bf. He's so young (23 years old - type 2), that he's trying to (kinda) get rid of diabetes. Well... you know what I mean. He can never get rid of it, but maybe get to a point where it doesn't control his life.

MotoMichelle
09-22-2008, 04:36 PM
MotoMichelle: Congratulations! It helps keep me motivated to hear about other people not needing their medications anymore.

Thank you. :) If you haven't already, you may want to monitor your BP at home. BP monitors are not too expensive (I think I paid $25 for mine) and it's invaluable when it comes to monitoring my BP. I keep a notepad with all my readings.

DianaG
09-22-2008, 06:19 PM
He can never get rid of it, but maybe get to a point where it doesn't control his life.

I understand about never getting rid of it. The point of me being in control and not my diabetes is a goal I am looking forward to. I have to be careful when I exercise. My bs dropped to 42 today after I did 60 minutes on the treadmill because I forgot to eat my snack first. I have already had to adjust my pump's basal rate down.

MotoMichelle,
I do have a monitor somewhere from when I was pregnant. They had me keeping a close watch on it and I was recording my readings during the day. That is a good idea because as I get healthier my readings might indicate my medicine might need to be lowered. I never thought of those meds needing adjustments.