(Closed) Where do you find your motivation?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My motivation has always been my dog.  I got him about 5 years ago when he was a puppy, and he’s now a solid 89 lbs.  I knew that he needed to be exercised every day since he would be cooped up while I was at work.  So, I started off with walking him a little every morning… and as he grew, the walks turned into jogs, and the jogs turned into 3-4 mile runs.  I hear a lot of people say that they don’t have time to do it, but the hardest part is making time!  And if you don’t have a dog, I would suggest finding a friend that can work out with you.  It’s sooo much easier to stay motivated when more than one is involved (because you can’t slack!)

Post # 4
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My motivation has been that I’ve very competitive with myself and I like research and being kinda different. When I first started losing weight it was like a game for me to keep track of everything and see what effect different things had on my daily scale ritual.

Did eating breakfast really make a difference? Did eating the same thing versus different things make a difference? Could I make the elliptical machine show such and such number sequence, lol? If I do situps before pushups can I do more or less of each than vice versa? If I don’t want to bring a sandwich everyday what other creative but easy things can I eat for lunch? Is yoga really stupid and worthless (hint:no it’s not it’s freaking hard and I fell in love with it, lol)?

On and on, I made myself my own test subject. I lost over 70 pounds.

I think the main thing is to realize that you’re not dieting. You’re changing your lifestyle. You can’t lose 50 pounds then say “I’m happy, now I can stop working out and go back to the way I used to eat.” Won’t work. I still eat the way I did while I was losing weight. I don’t track calories and I don’t always work out everyday or as long but I haven’t gone back to the way I used to live/eat (and I don’t plan to).

Also, I had to realize that I didn’t have to do things the way other people said. If you absolutely hate working out, then you’re doing the wrong workout. Maybe a gym isn’t right for you. If you hate everything you’re eating and binge on stuff you shouldn’t, then try different stuff. Try low fat cottage cheese instead yogurt, try pears instead of apples, try a different cereal or bread. You don’t have to eat what people say you should or work out the way people say you should. Try different things (cautiously and wisely) and find what works for you.

As far as schedules go, that’s always tough. I got a cheap exercise bike and rode it for 15 minutes every morning on days when I knew I couldn’t get to the gym. It’s always tough when you’re super busy, but you make time for what’s important to you.

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