I quit smoking, why can't I stick to working out??

@34momma (13895)
United States
April 15, 2011 2:55pm CST
It's been two years since I stopped smoking! Two years. I can't be more proud of myself. But for some reason I just can't stick to working out! I start then stop. I know I have to program myself to start and stick to it, but how do I stay motovated to keep at it. To my myotters who work out every day, how to do stick to it and stay motovated?
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 11
hi 34 I used to workout with a companion but now I have too many physical problems on both legs so I do do the exercises the physical therapist gave me but wish I could do some sort of aerobic exercises to lose much needed weight. this would help me a lot in controlling my blood sugar much better.Also I would look better and that would give me a real uplift in self esteem.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
16 Apr 11
oh honey i wish we could work out together. i know we would be so good for each other. i am not going to give up hope so you don't either!
@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
15 Apr 11
First let me say hoorah, you made it two years. I have been smoke free 12 years come June and I am still getting better. I think it was about three years free that I really started to notice the food start to taste better. you should start to smell things better any time now. I can smell a smoker when they walk into the room I'm in. I still can't get into a regular routine to help me lose weight and my dr has told me to stay away from all the fad diets out there. Most of them never work anyway. I try walking but with the weather not wanting me to I stay home a lot, especially in the winter.
@34momma (13895)
• United States
16 Apr 11
OMG food taste so much better now. I can walk without feeling out of breathe. quitting smoking was the best thing I have ever done for myself. Now i need to do this for myself as well. So i am going to make sure i get up a half hour earlier every morning and work on my incline machine i got a month ago. then walk home every day from work, which is about 30 blocks. I think if I do those too things and cut out all the things I know I shouldn't have I will be good to go. so wish me luck manleyjoe. I wish you all best as well!!
@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
16 Apr 11
The thirty blocks a day should make a big difference. healthy diet is also important. We can't afford to eat as well as we would like and with the cost continuing to rise it seems to only be getting worse. I'm considering taking on some extra work just so we can eat better.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
16 Apr 11
Manley if you just get some chicken cutlets and frozen veggies you will be just fine. That's what i did for my son who need to lose 30 pounds when he was 12. that and cutting out all junk food and sweet drinks, he dropped that weight in no time. now of course me being a woman of a certain age i need to eat right and work out. the eating right is easy for me, the working out is what i need to work on
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
16 Apr 11
Hi momma, From your post I understood that though you have quit smoking you are at it when you are at work out side. If this is the case then there is every possibility that your smoking habit would hit back again. Since you have quit smoking you must keep yourself off at any situation. However smoking once in a blue moon is not counted as smoker. I too used to smoke almost 10 a day but now I do not and even can not stand the smoke that comes when people smoke around. You have to keep on self motivating. Or else it is difficult to get off it.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
16 Apr 11
No i have not smoked in 2 years. I don't smoke once in a while or at all. I just want to lose weight.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
17 Apr 11
Oh I must have mis read you then. Well, losing weight is possible only through controlling your diet and a little free hand exercise.
• United States
15 Apr 11
I can get up each and every day no matter what and exercise no matter how I feel. I have been known to do so at 5 am. Great way to start my day, I guess because I use to be such a roller coaster dieter and have raised my metabolism that I want to keep it this way. Each time I look in the mirror and remember what it took to be where I am at I have faithfully done so now going on almost 3 years. Granted I was not overweight before but I use to diet/starve to no end to be there. Now that I can eat 3 - 4 times a day with no restrictions, although I do watch what and how healthy I eat, but knowing that I can exercise on my laid back days makes it so worth it for me. I bought my Healthrider bicycle and Jillian Michaels whips my behind. Her voice controls my pedals. Having the convenience to do so at home while I watch TV is an added plus. So maybe the same feelings you had about kicking the smoking habit, you can somehow implement them to exercise.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
15 Apr 11
that's so awesome hardworkinggurl! i am going to so just that. make it a habit to the point i am doing it just beause i am so use to doing it!
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@kel9111 (60)
• United States
16 Apr 11
Use music to motivate you. Um and the only reason why I believe you can;t stick to working out like smoking is because it doesn't have caffeine.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
17 Apr 11
i love music and i always have on my music for sure
@ajk111 (2527)
16 Apr 11
after 26 years of smoking i gave up 5 years ago. this was after many previous attempts using aids etc. it has to be done by will power. when i finally gave up i used no aids only the power of the mind. I told myself i hated cigerettes. i convinced myself i would throwup if a cigerette touched my lips..and it worked. in 5 years i have never put a cig between my lips. Try it...tell youeself you will vomit if you smell or touch a cigerette. it worked for me.....but you must want it!!
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
16 Apr 11
I have not smoked in 2 years, now i am focused on working out and losing weight
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
16 Apr 11
I know it sure is hard to do it. I wish I could stick to it also. I am too busy with other things right now. that is why it is so hard for me to stick to it. I used to be able to do it very easily years ago but the older I get, the harder it is for me to do. Congratulations on the quitting smoking. I need to get my mind set and just do it. I think meditating about it would help to get your mind clear for it.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
16 Apr 11
that's what i kept saying. I'm to busy, i don't have time. so now i have to make time to take care of myself.
@misc11 (384)
• United States
15 Apr 11
I had the same problem as you! It is easy if you get into a routine of working out and going to the gym but the minute you stop, it is so hard to go back to it. I got a gym membership to fix this. I went and looked at gyms and joined a nice one that is pretty expensive every month. Because I pay monthly, I always go because I don't want to waste my money. That is my suggestion :). Hope it helps!
@34momma (13895)
• United States
16 Apr 11
i use to belong to a gym, but it was about 10 blocks from my job and two bus rides away from my home. there isn't any other gym close enough for me to go to. which sucks. so o brought a work out machine for my home. I don't want it to just be a big mass taking up space, so i have committed to start using it it first thing sunday morning. and every morning for next 28 days.
• Canada
15 Apr 11
Oh, I can totally empathize with you. I have trouble sticking to a consistent workout too, even though I really want to. I think the best thing to do is to have a routine. Pick up a type of exercise that you like, first of all, and then try to do it the same way all the time. So if you like swimming and can go at 7 pm every day, then stick to that. Once it becomes a routine, it'll go much smoother. I think once it gets a bit easier, it'll become simpler to be motivated.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
15 Apr 11
I think i have to develope a like for it. I hate to sweat! lol which doesn't help. but i am tired of complaining to myself that i need to drop a few pounds. i am going to just do it
• Mexico
16 Apr 11
Hi 34 momma: First of all congratulations. You have proof to you that you can accomplish the things that you want to do now this is a new thing you want to do and of course you can. The thing is that, if you find it too difficult to follow a routine try to divide your goal in some short term goals. For example: I am going to work out for 5 days. Make things that will motivate you to wake up and work out the day before, like for example prepare your clothes, think about the activities that you want to do, etc. If you can make this goal put another goal to yourself, for example: this time I'll work out for the following 10 days and give yourself a prize. If not, think about what makes you stop and how you can overcome this situation then try again. If we try over and over again we will succeed. Good luck momma. Have a nice day. ALVARO
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@dimzok (127)
• Indonesia
16 Apr 11
you must to push yourself,and think that "my healthly is my responbility",and do some work out that you can feel happy and enjoy like ride a bicycle,swim,or jogging. invite your friends to do it together with you,start it from slightly,and i think is better struggled to healthly than struggled to recover from the illness,good luck
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@milyas32 (28)
18 Apr 11
You made a great achievement. Don't take tension. keep something sweet like chewing gum or rolling toffee while working. Use fruit juice during work. make morning walk and fast breathing a habit. usually visit open and fresh air places. live long and happy.