(Closed) Tips for Getting Motivated

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you’re finding you’re too tired after work what about a pre-work (early morning) run time?

Personally my fav times to run are between 5am & 6.30am, before it gets too hot, but the sun is already up (plus I find there are less runners out in the morning as opposed to the evening).

Or get a jogging buddy, someone else just starting out and maybe that would help? Work out/jogging buddies always make me try harder.

Post # 4
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I know its expensive but if you DO have the extra money try getting a gym membership and a few sessions with a personal trainer.  Then you’ll have appointments to go to at least get you started.

Personally, I’m super lucky, I still have access to the gym at my college and my Man of Honor is a personal trainer there.  Sometimes I question if its a blessing or a curse (he kicks my butt!) but I know in the end when I have “pussy cat doll legs, kelly rippa arms, and a gwen stefani abdomin” (that’s all him coming up with those, haha, he’s a character) it’ll be worth it, hahahahaha.

And for the record, I’ve been going for 2 weeks now and its starting to just be part of my routine.  The fiance doesn’t love the fact that I don’t get home until 6:30 anymore but my body has gotten used to it!

Post # 6
63 posts
Worker bee

@coffeeandtea: I had the EXACT same problem as you. I found what helped me was I bought new sneakers – the Nike’s that have the built in space for the sensor and the iPod sensors that went with it.  Not only was it a new “toy”, BUT whats so cool about it is that it calibrates to your speed and calculates time/calories burned/ distance and you can set your workouts to how you want. THEN you can upload the data from each run on Nike.com to track your progress in the form of charts.

It’s so so so motivational to watch my progression and it makes me want to run to beat my time from my last run. Plus, I’m sleeping better and have more energy to actually run and sustain stamina to do other things (being back into my size 8’s is helping, too).  It will take a bit to see results, but keep at it.  I started doing .5mi walk/.5mi run and now I’m running a 5k and walking a .5-1mi four to five nights a week in under 30minutes.

The results will motivate you and deter you from McD’s.  good Luck.


Post # 7
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

food wise, my fiance and i have just started cooking our whole week’s meals on sunday and then just heating them up each night. we also have a personal trainer that we work with twice a week right now (and plan on upping that amount soon). i work late and go to school during the week too so having these meals (just chicken that we combine with brown rice and veggies) really helps. it makes a huge difference to not have to think about what you’re going to eat.

if you don’t have time for the gym, could you buy an exercise tape and do it in the mornings before work? i suggest this, but could never do it, i’m not a morning person at all. but i really really want to do it. the 30day shred with jillian michaels (which i’ve bought and haven’t done yet…don’t judge, haha) is only 20 minutes and i’ve heard it really gets results. good luck and i hope you find your motivation!

Post # 8
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

1.  A personal training session could help with the intimidation factor.  I used to avoid the weight machines at all costs because I felt like people could tell I wasn’t 100% sure of what I was doing but now that I know how to use them properly I’m not nearly as intimidated.

2.  My Maid/Matron of Honor is a definitely a riot.  What’s even better then the “Kelly Rippa arms” comments are when he hangs on treadmills while I’m running saying “I’m Jillian Michaels and you’re gonna be the biggest loser!”  I actually almost fell over laughing (while on a treadmill) the first time he did that (I guess as a sidenote I should mention I’m not overweight, a size 6-8 actually, if I was I don’t think it would be as funny)

Post # 9
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve set both large goals and little goals for myself and I try to mix it up.  Three days a week I do the eliptical (I’m not ready to run outside where other people might see me).  On Eliptical days I watch a television series on DVD.  I’m only allowed to watch it while on the eliptical, so it helps to get me on there.  I also have a goal to spend 3 days on it over the course of the year.  The goal was four, but summer’s been rough on me. 

The other three days I do strength training with the Wii.  It keeps track of what I’m working on and seeing the progress gives me a nice boost.

Lastly I’ve also started the 100 push up challenge and am posting my sessions on Facebook.  It’s a fun way to keep me motivated, because I know someone will notice if I miss a day or two.

Post # 10
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Normally if im feeling tired when I get home I have a redbull and am ready to do anything! Lucky for me FH works for redbull and we get them for free. But a lot of stores have pretty good promos on them!

Post # 11
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

1) spending money on it. I hate wasting my $20 at the gym, so I go.

2) focus on how much better you FEEL when you eat better

3) i focus on the flub. I like to see results and see it melting away. Knowing my pants are snug motivates me b/c i don’t want to buy new ones!

4) i read this philosophy: “even if you don’t feel like going, go to the gym. Tell yourself that if you STILL don’t feel like going when you get there, you can go home”. You know how many times i’ve actually LEFT the gym? Um, maybe once, after a short jog and i said, “screw it”. But i guess having the option to go home helps? I dunno!

Post # 13
1254 posts
Bumble bee

I do almost the same thing as SuperBrook. My Fiance and I don’t subscribe to cable TV but the gym at my complex has a TV in it with cable. I work from home so everyday for lunch I go down to watch shows while I’m on the treadmill. It started off as walking but I’ve progressed to a slow jog. I only used to be able to do a half-hour at a time and I’m slowly reaching 60 minutes.

I also found that new music helped. I used to run to Pandora but the connection signal at my gym cut-out often and there was too much lag between songs. My sister turned me on to motiontraxx (http://www.motiontraxx.com). It is running music mixed by a DJ that can be downloaded to an MP3 player. Using this along with a heartrate monitor made sure I didn’t push too much on my run causing me to be lazy the next day. This helps especially since I am going for stamina more than anything else.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Post # 14
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My motivation trick – I love bad TV and we don’t have cable.  If I go to the gym, I get to watch Say Yes to the Dress, Grey’s Anatomy re-runs, etc.  I totally plan my trips to the gym around what’s on TV!  :o)  (But it works…)

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