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#1 gkashmira

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    Posted 27 July 2007 - 09:21 PM

    So now that my wedding is over, my fantastic honeymoon has come to and end and I'm finally back in the habit of waking up to go to work every-morning. I'm eating normal and healthy again and am feeling well adjusted into the usual routine... except....

    I just cannot motivate myself to exercise! I need help!

    Before the wedding I was at least going to yoga 2 times a week and walking a lot and just trying to be active. Now all I want to do after work is go home and do nothing! I told myself that I would give myself one week back before I started back at yoga but now it's been two weeks and I just can't get motivated to go.

    I went to one class last weekend and it wasn't a "hard" class at all but I'm si out of practice that it FELT really hard! Now I don't want to go back - even though I know it will get better.

    How can I motive myself to start exercising again? I know I need to to maintain/lose weight, to be healthy overall, to get more energy, etc. My DH is harassing me as to why i'm not exercising anymore and I don't have a reason except that I am just finding it impossible to motivate! How do you guys motivate yourself to get back out there? Any advice?
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    #2 MikkiStreak

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      Posted 27 July 2007 - 10:44 PM

      What works for me is a reward---- something I really want and then I put a weight limit on it---- When I hit the 35 lb. loss mark last week, we went to the jewelry store to look at new ring settings...

      #3 1elephant

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        Posted 27 July 2007 - 11:16 PM

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        What works for me is a reward---- something I really want and then I put a weight limit on it---- When I hit the 35 lb. loss mark last week, we went to the jewelry store to look at new ring settings...
        good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        i ask keith to be brutally honest...and when he is, i know it's time to get my a$$ back to the gym...it is easier when i go w/ him but he gets home late sometimes...i've also tested out a bunch of gyms, looking f or the right atmosphere and the right classes...enjoying them helps to keep me motivated...

        do you have a friend to go with you? i have no friends around here (i know, poor me ), but i'm attempting to make some in the classes...that way they can be like "where were you last week?" when i'm slacking...

        #4 dragonfly

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          Posted 28 July 2007 - 12:21 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by MikkiStreak
          What works for me is a reward---- something I really want and then I put a weight limit on it---- When I hit the 35 lb. loss mark last week, we went to the jewelry store to look at new ring settings...
          Yeahhh!
          Is that a picture of your daughter? She is beautiful! What does she think of her crazy, outspoken mom? I bet she thinks your great.
          Kelly~

          Kash, maybe you should find workout buddy, that is how I make myself exercise, I know there is someone else depending on me.

          #5 TammyWright

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          Posted 28 July 2007 - 12:37 AM

          kash, trust me it is so hard to get my fat ass to prenatal yoga...
          • find a class that you really like...like they have a strip-arerobics class that i will take once i have the baby...
          • maybe have a gym buddy that will meet you for owrkouts so can't flake for the smallest reason (i used to just make up reasons not to work out).
          • schedule it into your week...i liked to schedule mine during work because it was easier choosing between work and working out...instead of choosing between working out and sitting on your couch.
          • and lastly, treat yourself at the end of the week if you have met your goals...whether it is a frozen yogurt or a massage..

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          #6 RiuBride2b

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            Posted 28 July 2007 - 12:45 AM

            YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!





            Maybe you just need a few cheerleaders!!!!!!

            #7 gkashmira

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              Posted 28 July 2007 - 03:49 AM

              You guys are the best!

              Tammy, I love your idea of exercising during work! You are SO right - exercise is an easy choice between that and work!

              I think maybe if I can find a work out buddy it will help a lot. Part of my problem is that before the wedding Dan and I went together so it was more fun. But now he's taking two classes at UCLA and of course working so he;s been staying home and doing homework and studying and well just not going with me. Its so much harder to motiate by myself while he stays at home.

              Maybe I will see if a friend of mine from work wants to start taking a class with me someone... hmmm... you guys are brilliant!

              I also love the idea of the rewards - the long term effects of exercise are of course the long term awards but I need something more tangible. OK, I'm going ot go look and see if I can find some sort of class to take near work - maybe one of my friends will go with me...

              Thank for the Cheers - they really GO help!
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              #8 Karen

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                Posted 28 July 2007 - 09:53 AM

                I'm right there with you. It can be so hard to get going. Its so awesome that Jay and I belong to the same gym. I find the challenge is just getting to them gym. Once I'm there, I love it and I love the way I feel after. Thinking about how good I feel after I work out can motivate me too.
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                #9 MsShelley

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                  Posted 28 July 2007 - 09:59 AM

                  Amos and I try to motivate each other, when he doesn't feel like going, I say we are going and same for me... I think it definitely helps to have somone to push you!!!

                  #10 MikkiStreak

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                    Posted 28 July 2007 - 11:56 AM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by dragonfly
                    Yeahhh!
                    Is that a picture of your daughter? She is beautiful! What does she think of her crazy, outspoken mom? I bet she thinks your great.
                    Kelly~
                    Thank you! I'm biased, but I think she's a knock-out too! :) Yep, it's my daughter, Audrey---- it was taken in December for the family dinner portion of her 16th birthday celebration.

                    As for thoughts about me---- she thinks I'm nuts, but in a cool way... I'm like the "trophy" mom---- she wants to show me off to her friends because I'm not the "conventional, conservative" type. :) She's a lot like me--- brutal honesty tempered with goofiness. :)



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