Exercise! - Running/Exercise Mantra: What do you tell yourself to keep going?




JackieRn
01-07-2009, 06:55 PM
When it gets tough and its freezing cold and I just want to turnaround and go home I tell myself that I'm allowed to struggle, I'm even allowed to cry but I can't quit. For some reason this helps me.

Do you have any phrase that keeps you pushing when you are beyond what you consider your physical/mental limits?


jahjah1223
01-07-2009, 06:57 PM
i tell myself that if i quit ill feel bad the rest of the day .. but if i keep going ill feel GREAT all day .

georgiad
01-07-2009, 07:41 PM
When it gets tough and its freezing cold and I just want to turnaround and go home I tell myself that I'm allowed to struggle, I'm even allowed to cry but I can't quit. For some reason this helps me.


That's brilliant. I'm going to start telling myself that.


choirgirlhotel
01-07-2009, 08:03 PM
If I'm on my way to the gym and REALLY don't want to go, I trick myself and say "it's okay, you only have to do 15 minutes cardio" or something like that. Then when I'm there of course I feel like doing more.

When I'm actually running on the treadmill and feel like dying, I repeat "you didn't get fat by running, you didn't get fat by running" over and over.

Works for me!

~CGH~

midwife
01-07-2009, 08:28 PM
"Size 6 Levis"
"If you stop now, you'll have to call for a ride home."
"Are you a midwife, or a mouse?" (Yes, I really ask myself that!) :)

JackieRn
01-07-2009, 09:02 PM
If I'm on my way to the gym and REALLY don't want to go, I trick myself and say "it's okay, you only have to do 15 minutes cardio" or something like that. Then when I'm there of course I feel like doing more.

When I'm actually running on the treadmill and feel like dying, I repeat "you didn't get fat by running, you didn't get fat by running" over and over.

Works for me!

~CGH~

I love this it made me smile. :) I like the tricking yourself as well.

Disgruntled: I like the logic behind the calculating the percentage of your day, that is brilliant. You must be numbers person.

Midwife: I like that too. When I started out I also used to visualize myself running towards my thinner fitter self.

JulieJ08
01-07-2009, 09:23 PM
My problem is *going* running, not keeping on after I've started. I never skip because I only run 3 days a week as it is (some time this year that will be 4), and I am just afraid of deconditioning. I remind myself that I NEVER NEVER NEVER want to go through the first half of C25K EVER EVER EVER again. The beginning period is terrible.

jenguin
01-07-2009, 10:38 PM
Some days I don't need any extra motivation because it just feels really good to be out there running. Other days I tell myself "Hate the run...LOVE the DONE" because I know how good I will feel when I actually accomplish my running goal for that day. Corny, but it helps me!

MariaMaria
01-07-2009, 10:49 PM
I remind myself that I NEVER NEVER NEVER want to go through the first half of C25K EVER EVER EVER again.

This.

I didn't do C25K but regardless of program, the first few weeks or months just suck so very much. So no matter how lazy I'm being I try to get out often enough to keep a base of around three miles. They might be three very slow and shuffley miles that feel lousy toward the end, but they're there.

Then again, if I actually do go out (which is my problem) and start running and it just isn't working, I'm willing to quit and walk home.

Ilene
01-07-2009, 11:30 PM
Any time I don't want to work out or I want to quit I think about this....(I workout one hour a day) this workout is only .04% of your day(24 hrs in a day) how freaking hard can that be! And I work out 5 days a week so its only .03% of the week!I like that too... I should ramble those numbers out when someone complains that they don't have time for a workout...

RunnerKim
01-07-2009, 11:39 PM
My problem is *going* running, not keeping on after I've started. I never skip because I only run 3 days a week as it is (some time this year that will be 4), and I am just afraid of deconditioning. I remind myself that I NEVER NEVER NEVER want to go through the first half of C25K EVER EVER EVER again. The beginning period is terrible.

This is the EXACT reason I run outside all winter long. It really keeps my conditioning up and it makes all those nice springtime/summer/fall runs so much nicer. I don't ever want to have to start over again.

MBN
01-08-2009, 06:33 AM
It depends on the day and how I'm feeling. If I don't want to get started, I also use the mind trick of "just run a little" to get out there, knowing that I'll always go farther once I get going.

When I'm on a training run, I use several tactics. I try to distract myself with other things -- like listening to the radio, so I'm not focused on the effort of running. Or, tell myself that it doesn't matter how long it takes, or how slow I go, I'm going to get the same calorie burn - just go the distance. I usually do my really long run with a group now, which helps a lot. I try never to think about how far I have to go, just look at the next mile, or the next street, the next small segment of the run. Then the next, then the next. The end will come.

In a race setting, when I'm on my own, and don't take a radio or iPod, I just try to stay relaxed and light on my feet, watch my posture (no hunching over) and focus on one mile at a time. I try to live in that moment, and not think about how far I have to go or the effort I'm feeling. I rejoice in the fact that I'm OUT there, able to move and run freely. So many others can't, and not so long ago, I couldn't either!! So even on the days that are a real struggle ... I am grateful that I can run. It changes my perspective!

And I know that when I finish -- I will feel GREAT!

Skinny Teen
01-08-2009, 08:42 AM
It's mostly I just look at all the stuff I got at the Anime Convention last year (I'm trying to lose weight so I have more energy this year when I go), or I flip through the prom dress catolouge I got in the mail.
I also have these forums as my homepage, so that helps.
When I'm bored and I want to procrastinate and do random stupid internet stuff, I log on and see this and go "Oh.... right...." and pop in "30 Day Shred" or something. :3

midwife
01-08-2009, 09:49 AM
This is the EXACT reason I run outside all winter long. It really keeps my conditioning up and it makes all those nice springtime/summer/fall runs so much nicer. I don't ever want to have to start over again.

Ditto, ditto, ditto!!! Nothing is WORSE than getting INTO shape. I would rather slog through to keep some semblance of cardio endurance than to start all over again.

daniellapants
01-08-2009, 11:12 AM
i love the "you didn't get fat by running" line, i am storing that one for my own personal use!

i too have the problem of actually GETTING OUT there to run, so i will put on my gym clothes and stretch lightly in front of the tv for a half hour - then it's almost like, well, i have the outfit on, might as well go! once at the gym, when i start getting tired i will think "you're going to be home laying in bed tonight either way, so you better just do a good run and be proud of yourself instead of quitting early!". skipping through songs on my zune every 30-60 seconds helps too on the really tough nights.

meldogml84
01-08-2009, 12:52 PM
When I am running on my treadmill I usually start hurting a little over half way through. I start singing to the music, and if that doesn't work I start to picture myself looking great in a bikini and for some reason this makes me run harder.:carrot:

The feeling after a pushed finish is indescribable! It makes you feel on top of the world. Knowing that never lets me quit.:hug:

Mrs Snark
01-08-2009, 01:14 PM
I tell myself:

"It's not going to KILL you, it only feels that way. Suck it up, Buttercup."

huggamouse
01-09-2009, 02:37 PM
"Remember the wall! This is nothing."

If that doesn't work, I usually show up 10 minutes before my favorite show comes on, and I just can't leave because I'm watching the tube!

but I like these other ones. "you didn't get fat by running" haha good one :D

aneleh
01-09-2009, 04:42 PM
For running I don't have to say anything to keep me going, probably because I don't push too hard yet. But when I'm biking or hiking uphill and everything is painful but I have to keep going my phrase is "Cotton candy gummy bears" :o It's kind of embarassing lol but it makes me smile.

19Deltawifey
01-09-2009, 08:33 PM
When I feel like giving up during my run I just tell myself that I am a machine and that my brain is tired not my body. I get mentally tired before I get physically tired. Also I just tell myself just run to this point and then you can stop, and by time I get to that spot where I tell myself I can stop I usually forget and then I tell myself just make it to this next spot then you can stop I never stop though. Usually I get 3/4 of the way to the finish line and I tell myself you made it this far you might as well keep going. Running for me is more mental then physical

ennay
01-09-2009, 11:43 PM
"You were in labor for 36 hours and you cant run another :censored: 30 minutes?"

"You got up at 5:00 dammit and there isnt time to go back to sleep now, so you might as well keep running."

Or I sing

"Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door"

or...damn I cant remember the other little jingles that pop in my head.

Tetra
01-10-2009, 07:24 AM
Any time I don't want to work out or I want to quit I think about this....(I workout one hour a day) this workout is only .04% of your day(24 hrs in a day) how freaking hard can that be! And I work out 5 days a week so its only .03% of the week!

Not to be a downer, but 1/24 is actually 4% of your day, not .04%
5 hours a week is 3% of your week.

---

Anyway, I am with a previous poster that it's the getting out there that is harder than the keeping going for me. I learned to lie to myself: Just get dressed for your run, you don't actually have to go for a run. Just put on your shoes, you don't have to go for a run. Just go outside and go down the driveway, you don't have to go for a run. Once I get this far I am good to go and the run actually happens!

BlueToBlue
01-10-2009, 11:41 PM
One of my motto's is "Never go back, always go forwards." At the gym, this means that I always try to make sure my workout is at least equivalent to my last workout or harder.

Sometimes I think of celebrities that I respect for the way they keep themselves in shape. I'll think to myself "Gwen Stefani wouldn't stop now." Other celebrities I think of are Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, and Madonna.

Or I think of the line in Beyonce's song "Get Me Bodied": "A litte sweat never hurt nobody." It's usually on my iPod.

If I'm near the end, I tell myself just one more minute. I can do anything for one minute. Then it's just one minute after that and one minute after that.

It also helps that I'm slightly compulsive and have all sorts of crazy rules about finishing at a time that is evenly divisible by five and hitting specific calories burned targets (if the machine says I've burned 380 calories, I'll do a little extra to get to 400, even though I know the number is meaningless). So sometimes my problem isn't keeping going, but stopping.

JackieRn
01-10-2009, 11:52 PM
Or I think of the line in Beyonce's song "Get Me Bodied": "A litte sweat never hurt nobody." It's usually on my iPod.



This is my workout jam, I love listening to this song when I run. It gets me going faster. I think its too cool that you listen to it too. By far my favorite Beyonce song and I don't think commercially it was one of her big hits, but I love it.

bakerygrl
01-11-2009, 12:05 AM
I usually work out inside, where there is air conditioning. I live in florida and it is always hot!!!

Viatre
01-11-2009, 12:29 AM
The main thing that gets me to go exercise is that I know I'll feel great after, and just that I should.

Once I'm actually running or doing whatever, I do, as others mentioned, the mind game where I pick small goals, and then pick another, and just keep pushing. My iPod also helps, I blast a lot of pop and rap to keep me going and I watch the trashiest TV that's on.

nicolen
01-11-2009, 01:07 AM
I tell myself that it's just as far to turn around and go back home as it would be to keep going.

Also that I have no money for the bus, so the only way I'm going to get home is to keep going.

RN BSN 2009
01-11-2009, 01:08 AM
visualizing myself at a healthy weight helps keep me going!

gymlee
01-11-2009, 01:22 AM
Well I can't physically really run right now but for everything else I recently I started to imagine Jillian Michaels working with me and her screaming at me to keep going and that if I didn't finish what I was doing that I'd have to do more. That seems to be working for me right now. I also think on the quotes I have in my sig. That and the fact that I know how good I'll feel when I hit that cardio high. :D Not to mention the fact that I'm a masochist and I love feeling sore because I know I actually accomplished something. :D

Angel's_Dust
01-11-2009, 04:44 PM
As long as I'm able to walk or run and my joints haven't collapsed, I'm fine. I tell myself that the human body is a machine and capable of climbing mountains, surviving traumas, going to the moon, running marathons, doing extreme sports, etc. But I can't do a few more minutes on the treadmill?

I'm very hard on myself because even though I feel like dying, I know that I won't. I almost think of it as a punishment for being at my weight. So I envision being at a thin but healthy and strong weight, a person who could bike or swim all day, or run a marathon, or hike a mountain, or even compete in the Olympics. Because I want so badly to be that person, I try harder. So, as long as I'm still alive and breathing, I can finish.

LOL, this probably sounds like I'm a hardcore exerciser or in need of some mental help, but I just do around 50 minutes, 4-5 days a week. I'm a stubborn person and I push myself every workout. I know that every workout counts towards my weight loss, so I try to squeeze in as many a week as I can. But I also watch that I don't burn out, so I do take a few days off as needed.

junebug41
01-11-2009, 05:45 PM
I tell myself that if I can dig out my sports bra I can put on the rest of my workout clothes. If I can put on my tennis shoes, I can lace them up. If I can get out the door, then I can get to the gym (or start running). Sometimes, I really have to take it in steps. I've even told myself that if I don't truly want to workout, then I can leave after 10 minutes. That only happened once because I was coming down with a cold :p

And if all else fails I look at my dog who hasn't been out all day and loves nothing more than trotting beside me. That usually does the trick.

And I just thought of something else. Usually, my dog will lag behind later in the run (which is silly because he's big and energetic and perfectly capable of keeping up. He's stubborn) and I have to give him pep talks, which in turn means I'm giving myself one, which actually makes me keep going. Hmmmm, I'm going to try that on the elliptical next time.... "C'mon girl! You can do it! Pick up the pace!"

Ilene
01-11-2009, 06:10 PM
Today I noticed that I was telling myself "nothing hurts, your breathing is good, keep going, next light might be red you can stop, ooops it's green keep going... nothing hurts, oh it's so nice out, boy that sun is gorgeous, I'm so happy I'm outside... oh, light is green keep going... oh, that song I never noticed what he was saying, interesting.... "

As I read over this, I think I may be going insane :crazy:.....

arilib
01-11-2009, 07:58 PM
Just keep swimming... :-D