100 lb. Club - Exercise?
05-13-2009, 10:43 AM
I think this is one of those statements you are not suppose to make publicly, but I absolutely hate exercising. I have been on my new lifestyle plan for 10 days now and have not exercised yet (with the exception of a couple of walks and playing with my kids, but those are not deliberate exercising).
I was reading on the maintainer board last night that many of their plans was/are calorie counting and exercise. So, I know that I will need to incorporate exercise sooner than later, however, how soon should I do that? I know, no time like the present, but I am afraid that it'll be an motivation squasher if I do it now. However, I also know that I have to burn more calories then I consume in order to lose weight and I do not want to sabotage myself.
Thank you for your input!
05-13-2009, 10:46 AM
I used to think I hated to exercise... but honestly, I LOVE it now! It's time where I can go and do something for myself and not have to feel guilty about it ;). I'm lucky that my husband encourages me to go hit the gym (most days) and watches the kids for me.
It's nice to have an hour or two of time to clear my head and listen to music!
I hit the elliptical, the bike, or catch some laps in the pool. You may find that once you start it's quite addictive!
Just get out there and do it, I know you can!
05-13-2009, 10:50 AM
I have often felt that I hate it too. I don't so much anymore, but sometimes I still have to push myself out the door.
One thing I found that helps motivate me is to push myself while I'm doing it. When I walk, I walk fast. I'm breathing heavy as much as I can. When I do weights, I also need to feel that I'm breathing heavy and my heart's beating quicker.
By pushing myself, I feel more proud of what I've accomplished and I do see results. And all I do right now is walk (3-4 times a week) and weight train (2-3 times a week).
After a while doing it, you also may start to crave it a bit. So I'd say just force yourself, push yourself and there's a chance it really may get easier and more enjoyable. Good luck!!
05-13-2009, 10:59 AM
I used to hate exercising too and sometimes if my routine gets disrupted I really have to do some coercing to get myself back on the treadmill or elliptical :lol: I do exercise for at least 60-90 mins a day but really didn't start exercising except pilates until I reached about 230lbs.
Just start out small and once you start getting active it should progress from there....I'm assuming that is your little boy in the picture (if not sorry!) but get him out in the yard and just play with him. If he's anything like my little boys you'll be sweating and sore afterward lol
05-13-2009, 11:03 AM
A lot of people lose serious amounts of weight by diet alone. Don't underestimate the power of walking, either. Start slowly and work your way up & it won't seem so bad. I would personally rather exercise and be able to eat a little bit more. It gives me incentive to do it.
05-13-2009, 11:08 AM
I'm not a big fan of exercising either.. but I do it... because on the days that I go to the gym.. I almost always see a drop in the scale the next day.. I push myself when I'm there and it's so worth it to see the scale go down :) At first I was SO intimidated to go the gym.. I always made my boyfriend go with me.. but now I enjoy going by myself and having some time to focus on myself getting healthier :)
05-13-2009, 11:25 AM
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and motivation. I truly appreciate it and because of it will go walk on my dusty old treadmill during my lunch break (I am a WAHM).
And RomanceDiva, that is my little guy (and my daughter is nursing under the pink blanket... I guess that isn't the best picture of her haha)! And you aren't kidding about them little boys!
05-13-2009, 11:32 AM
I hate it too, always did. I hate sweating LOL I hate feeling dirty, yuck. But, it's one of those things you just have to do. I hate scrubbing toilets too but I do it constantly because I like the result. I admit I dropped the first 40 lbs. just with changing eating habits. The next 40 was a combo of that and walking and doing resistance bands, love those!! Well, not love, just hate less hahahah. I want to try BOXING but maybe after another 25 lbs., I love how they do it on THe Biggest Loser, just WAIL on someone hahahah that looks kinda fun!
05-13-2009, 11:36 AM
I'll echo others and say I hated exercise before and now I love it. For me it has become a routine that I simply can't get enough of at times. I think it's the endorphine rush for me. ;) I think once you commit to it you'll be just fine. :)
05-13-2009, 11:37 AM
I would say the first 10 exercises are the hardest. After that, I was addicted and just can't NOT exercise... you'll see. :)
Now the sweatier I get after a workout, the better.
05-13-2009, 11:51 AM
I concentrated on eating right and getting that more on point than started exercising. Then I started another class and exercising is really sporadic now, I have one more week of class then it's back to at least 3x a week exercising :)
05-13-2009, 01:45 PM
Exercise is good for you in a whole lot of ways and THAT is the main reason to add it to your life. However, you are making a whole lot of changes already, so you might want to concentrate on really getting a handle on your eating and drinking that water; then, you can begin to incorporate exercise in the same little baby-step sorts of ways. (I would recommend setting a definite date as to WHEN you start exercise, so that you can't procrastinate forever and so your brain can let go of worrying about it and sort of check it off.)
Then, remember that the only exercise that is going to do you any good at all is the kind that you ACTUALLY DO. Do you like getting wet? Maybe look into pool walking or some water aerobic classes. Do you live in an area with some nice walking paths? Walking is simply, easy and cheap. Kids have you absolutely tied to the house? Invest in some exercise DVDs or just crank up the music and invent your own exercise DVD (the kids will probably join you!) One thing might work for a while and then have to change with the weather or your boredom level or something. This stuff isn't written in stone, you know --- you have complete and utter control! So what sounds like a fun (and doable) way to train your inner athlete?
05-13-2009, 01:58 PM
I hate exercise too. But I love dogs. I adopted one because dogs MUST have a walk everyday. I knew that I might make excuses about going to the YMCA, but I'd walk my dog because I want a well behaved one. Whatever it takes, right :D
05-13-2009, 02:03 PM
I'm not the biggest fan of exercise, but the more you do it, the more you incorporate it into your life. Really, you gotta get off your butt and LITERALLY get off your butt.. it doesn't have to bad.. it can be a dance party in your living room, a walk to the mall (park your car about a km away, walk to the shops and walk back) or even doing a video at home where it is a painless thirty minutes. It's about adding a little to your life.. not overwhelming yourself by thinking you have to run at a gym on the bloody dreadmill.. I hate that too. So make it fun.. some people use the Wii Fit, play tennis, run around parks after their children, play the video game Dance Dance Revolution.. whatever works.. it doesn't have to be horrible.
Start with ten minutes every day and work your way up, increasing the time by ten minutes every week.. until you reach a level where you are happy.
05-13-2009, 02:08 PM
I didn't exercise until I was a month in and I love exercise. I would focus on eating now and then add exercise..Slow and steady.
05-13-2009, 02:09 PM
I also hate exercising...for now. I'm so overweight and so out of shape that every single minute is extremely tough! But, I'm also a former runner. I remember how great I felt when I was running and I reached the "runner's high." I remember how much better I felt each day, how much more energy I had for daily tasks, how much better I slept each night. I know that I will love exercise again. For now, I must push through.
05-13-2009, 02:12 PM
I'm one who has now made going to the gym such a habit that I feel "off" if I can't go. (Like today.....) Try to push yourself to do it for a couple of weeks and then it may get to the point you love it. You may not be able to get to a gym, with little ones. But, try walking for now. If you can put them in a stroller or something like that, walking outside is so wonderful. Lots of fresh air!
If the treadmill gets boring, just try to find something else. It just feels so good!
05-13-2009, 02:38 PM
I used to hate excercising, only because I never understood what the whole "endorphin" rush was about. Usually at the end of excercise class I would be sore and tired. It was't until I found something that I truly loved doing that started the turning point. Once I found it, it was not an effort to go because I would miss it if I didn't. For me, if excercise is an obligation, I would find it hard to force myself to go all the time.
That being said (IMHO), I think while excercise will help you with weight loss, I am huge believer (based on my own results) that diet is 80% of weight loss and excercise the other 20%. Case in point, I had been doing kickboxing for about 5 years, but it was not until I started to restrict my calories that the weight melted off. The excercise has toned my body, and while I am now at a weight I have not been in about 15 years, I am in the best physical shape of my life.
My advice, take it slow and find something you love. This is a lifestyle change and you have to find something you can live with for the rest of your life. Forcing yourself to do something now, just for the sake of weight loss, won't stick in the long term. Work on your eating first and then slowly start to bring excercise in.
05-13-2009, 06:52 PM
If we had a thread to save really good posts, I would nominate the above post by ChocoLabLover for inclusion.....
05-13-2009, 07:06 PM
I always hated exercising, but I've been doing it regularly now for 3 1/2 years. But I'm a bit jealous of those of you who say you love it. I do love the endorphin rush (sometimes) and how it makes me feel after. And I love the results!
But I still do NOT like to "put on my shoes" and go do it! There are days I go to the gym practically arguing with myself. I know I'll most likely feel better later, but before I DON'T want to. I'm tired, or feel I don't have time or just plain don't want to. It's like there's this little kid in my head "I don't WANT to exercise :tantrum:" and I have to be the adult and say "I don't care, you're going to do it anyway!" :)
05-13-2009, 09:30 PM
I also hate exercising, so this thread is very helpful. It's nice to see that others hated it and then changed to love it. I find that the only time I have to exercise is after the kids are in bed for the night, and then I just want to sit and relax.
05-13-2009, 09:50 PM
I think my blog name says everything there is to say about my attitude to exercise.
However, I have recently changed my perspective on exercise, and I now see it as something I do to look after my body - like eat my vegetables, or brush my teeth. I now expect to do half an hour of moderate exercise everyday for the rest of my life. At the moment, I'm trying to do 45min of high instensity exercise everyday, to assist with the weight loss.
You don't have to exercise to lose weight, but you do have to recognise that not exercising is a choice you are making to avoid an incredibly powerful preventative medicine tool. Sorry, that came out harsh, but it's what I have to tell myself when I don't want to go to the gym.
05-13-2009, 10:15 PM
Thank you all very much for your input! Old habits aren't fun to break. :/
05-13-2009, 10:33 PM
Get used to your new eating plan first! You're pretty new at it, so I understand the "gotta eat GREAT, gotta EXERCISE. NOW" thoughts because you do want to change.
I hated exercise, too. I didn't start exercising until I hit 192lbs down from 244lbs. It took me that long to be comfortable with the thought of doing something. I then found an activity that I LOVED and I now exercise 6 hours a week. I SHOULD exercise more, in an ideal world, but I'm happy doing what I'm doing!
SO, maybe just get the diet part down. Then focus on the exercise part in a few months. Find something you love, that you will stick with, because exercise is TOTALLY important in the maintenance phase of your life!