And The Regime Starts!

Canada
May 24, 2007 1:27pm CST
Hi friends, I haven't been around for a while, about a week all told, but I'm back with a passion! This last week marked the start of my health kick. As many of you know, I quit smoking 8 months ago. Unfortunately, as a result of that, I put weight on - quite a bit of weight. I saw Mylot as a way of earning money to save for a rowing machine and I'm near to that goal. However, I also decided that I wasn't going to be able to lose the weight by using the rowing machine alone. I already eat healthily, but it was obvious I was going to have to do something else to supplement it. So, I also walk every evening with the aid of a multifunctional pedometer, and I have a workout DVD too. I used the DVD yesterday for the first time, and I also walked a distance of over 5kms in 2 separate walks. Today, I'm feeling it! I'm not so much sore, because I did warm up and cool down, but I ache. I lift my arms and something in my legs twinge! I bend my knees and my arms scream for a labor strike LOL. What I'm wondering, is if any of you have any tips to help keep me motivated. I started up a blog to record my progress, and that's helping, but I fear that in the long term, it may not be enough. Help!!
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@JackBravo (970)
• United States
24 May 07
A blog is great. Congrats on starting on the road to fitness. I'm starting to do the same myself. For motivation though (because I rather dislike exercise), I created a challenge for myself. And that's really helped with the motivation!! :) Everytime, I'm feeling unmotivated, I just go back to my challenge goal - also, sicne it's a challenge for me, I'm not really seeing it as exercise. CHeck out my blog! http://the1000pushupclub.blogspot.com I've even got a couple of friends to join :)
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• Canada
24 May 07
I hate exercise lol, although I've found that the walking things is really not that bad. My kids and my partner join me on an evening and we go walking along the boardwalk alongside the river near to where we live. I find that with them there, I'm not paying so much attention to what I'm doing and as a result, I'm walking further than I expected to. I checked out your blog and I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to add it to my link list on the blog that I started to record my progress. I feel it may just be useful for anyone else wanting to do the same thing. Good luck!!
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• United States
24 May 07
Thanks. I don't mind at all :). It definitely helps to have other people around when you're "exercising" :)
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24 May 07
Hey welcome back hun, good to see you again. Hmmm motivation, well there is always that *must have* outfit you want to wear. There must be an outfit in the shops somewhere that you really would love to wear, so maybe aim at that outfit, in a size smaller :-)
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• Canada
25 May 07
Lol, there are outfitS - plural - that I would love to wear. My Partner did say that if I do this, he'll buy me something that I really like, but the problem is settling on just one! Added to which, if I settle for Lingerie, hell will freeze over before he'll go into a Lingerie store LOL. Thanks for the welcome back though :o) You're the first person to say that to me :o)
@wenfri (1188)
• Canada
24 May 07
Need some motivation to exercise? Having trouble sticking with your fitness program? Exercise for the health of it. Rather than working on developing a perfect body, focus on feeling better. Make a decision for yourself and your well being that exercising will help your health. One step at a time. Begin your exercise program gradually. Don?t expect to run a marathon within a month. Exercise should not feel like punishment, so choose the type you are most likely to enjoy Set reasonable goals. Know what is realistic for you to accomplish. You are more likely to continue your routine if you fit exercise into your schedule. People often fail because they try to do too much Pace yourself. Exercise does not have to be exhausting. Moderate exercise is better than hard, intense exercise. People who work out in several short sessions (e.g., 10 minutes) are more likely to stick to their fitness program than those who try to work out for 60 minutes at a time. Be specific and choose variety. Rather than having general goals like "getting in shape" or "exercising more," choose concrete goals such as walking 20 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and doing stretching exercises five minutes each morning. The more variety you have, the more likely it is that you will continue. Incorporate fitness into your lifestyle. Begin to see exercise as an everyday opportunity Combine fitness with your family chores and activities, such as raking leaves or gardening This is the one I like Motivate yourself. Try visualization techniques to help your motivation. Imagine yourself being in shape and how it feels. Create a vision of yourself looking fit. Rather than focusing on feeling out of shape, picture yourself feeling energized after your workout. Also, reward yourself when you meet each of your goals Put a big pic on your frig and look at it. Or buy a new outfit that is 2 sizes 2 small Hung it where you can look at it every day Expect setbacks and prepare for obstacles. Things like time, illness or bad weather may occasionally get in the way. Disruptions are inevitable. Accept them and move on. I have just started riding my bike I can't sneeze, cough or hardly sit up and my rear end hurts Even the big seat doesn't help ROFLMAO Oh no that hurts too Wendy PS GOOD LUCK Keep me posted as to how you are doing. Heading out shortly for a another bike ride Oh the pain of it all LOL
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• Canada
24 May 07
LOL. I just got back from another 30 minute walk and my feet are telling me in no uncertain terms that I'm not heading out again today! I do like the idea of the visualisation techniques and will definitely try them. I'm also looking into buying a step and a step aerobics DVD. I did step aerobics when I was younger and loved it. I just never started back up again after I had my babies. I also had an idea for the photo of me. I'm not going to put it on my fridge though, I'm going to put it on my blog. I check it every day for comments even if I don't post, so I will see it. I think I'm taking a break from exercise till the weekend though lol. We're heading to the zoo on Saturday and don't you know it, my feet are NOT gonna be happy bunnies LOL.
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