(Closed) Excersice motivation!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Losing 1 lb a week is considered healthy weight loss!  I think you’re doing great =)

I had an issue with exercise motivation too… and still do sometimes!  I bought several of Jillian Michael’s DVDs and work out at home.  The 30 Day Shred and the follow-up Ripped in 30 are only about 30 minute videos and that includes a warm up and cool down.  Maybe knowing that you’ll only have to workout for 30 minutes will help your motivation?  I figure anyone can do just about anything for 30 minutes!

Post # 4
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just started the Insanity workout program with another friend who is getting married. We LOOVE it!!! 

I tried it once before and didn’t make it very far, but having a friend to do it with makes all the difference. My clothes are fitting much better, my belly is getting flatter, I’m getting abs, and it’s only been 2 weeks! And I haven’t even changed my eating habits.

Once you make it a priority (an hour a day, just fit it in wherever you can) then it becomes a habit and you actually look forward to it. I work nights a lot, too, so I definitely understand where you’re coming from. If I were you I would either work out right after work (you’ll need a shower anyway!) or a little before work.

At the very least, do little exercises such as keep abs tight while at work, take the stairs, lift weights while watching TV, etc. 

Post # 4
13248 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

When you set you alarm for the gym, but it on a desk or dresser across the room so you physically have to get out of bed to turn it off.  At that point, you’re up, so you might as well work out!

Post # 4
1747 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Heyyy. I’m on Jenny Craig too. So far I’ve lost 20 pounds without exercise and I plan on intensifying my diet and working out. I think you’re doing great! 

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would suggest finding something you like to do.  If you HATE running, then if you try to lose weight by running you’ll likely decide you don’t want to do it anymore and give up.  Have you tried zumba?  What about spin class?  Do you have access to a gym, or do you need to work out at home?  Are you motivated enough to work out on your own, or would you do better if you had to be accountable (i.e. find a workout buddy)?

If you have a dog, take it for a walk every morning before work.  After a week or so of getting used to that, take the dog for a walk every morning AND every evening after dinner.  Do you have nieces or nephews?  Take them to the park for an hour or 2 every weekend.  Live near a state park or trail system?  Pack a healthy lunch & go for a hike with some girlfriends.  Did you play sports in high school or college?  Find an adult league or intramural team in your area.

It’s hard, it sucks to get started, but where there’s a will there’s a way.  If you WANT to do it you will!

Post # 6
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am also doing insanity and love it. Although I’m sick right now so I have yet to start month 2 which I was supposed to do on Monday =(

Anyway, just get in a habit of waking up to exercise. It’s sooo much better when you get it out of the way in the morning, and I find it helps me eat healthier throughout the day, knowing that I don’t want to “undo” all of my work!

Post # 7
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it helps if you have  a buddy that you exercise with.. thats added motivation

Post # 8
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Imean:  I work nights, so I can’t do it then, and then sleep all day, because I go to bed so late.

Well, there’s time there then… if you’re sleeping late, what are you doing?  Could be working out then?  Everyone’s gotta work and sleep… there’s time somewhere in the day to work out if you really wanted to.  But I’m in your shoes too… You really just have to commit, want it bad enough, and do it otherwise there’s always a reason not to… too hungry, too tired, just took a shower, just woke up, would rather sleep, need to feed the dog, need to vacuum, need to grocery shop, anything, I’ve used every excuse in the book.  I *finally* after 2 months of excuses (nice new years resolution huh) got my butt to the gym yesterday and fell great that I finally did it.

Post # 9
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Congratulations! 1# a week is actually a very great weight loss! As for the gym, you just have to make it a priority! Schedule the time and think of it as a must and not a maybe. Can you join a 24 hour gym? I know for me, if I go home after work, the chances of going back out to the gym decline quickly. So I try to plan to pack my back and go right ot the gym from work…or pack my running gear and hit the trail by my office before heading home.

Post # 10
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I try to keep my gym bag ready to go and cold water bottle in the fridge, because I find if I have to spend extra time looking around the house for a towel, my ipod, filling a water bottle, etc. it’s less likely I’ll actually get out the door. I joined the Y because I have children and they offer free childcare, but also because they have a hot tub, sauna and steam room. So I put in a great workout and reward myself afterward. Sometimes the thought of the sauna and hot tub is my main motivation to get out the door, lol!

If I’m feeling lazy or tired, instead of skipping the gym altogether I’ll tell myself I’ll do a quick 20 minutes of cardio and a few weights. Sometimes that’s all I do, but more often than not when I get myself in there I’m motivated to do more. If not, 20 minutes is better than nothing! Keep in mind when you start working out you’re going to be hungrier than usual, and have snacks planned out to deal with that without sabotaging your diet.

I think you’re definitely on the right track starting early! Good luck!

Post # 11
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I work midnights and sleep most of the day as well. I go to the gym when I get up! If I dont, then I have to take my gym clothes to work and go at 7am when I get off! I hate working out when I’m tired so I always try and go before work.

Post # 12
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I recently got a workout program started that takes me 20-30 minutes! I find that extremely motivational. I hate going to the gym btu I don’t mind if I only have to spend a short time there.

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