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Natnat

Hey,

Just joined this group. I'm currently guilty of being rather lazy. I always aim to go to the gym after work, but then the clock hits 4:30, I'm ready to leave the office but I always feel bloated and horrible, so I think, "I'll pop home first, have a bite to eat and go after that" but I never do. I honestly start the dya with the best intentions and I do genuinly belive ei will go to the gym, but I never do.

I can't go to the gym in the morning as I don't really have time and I find it hard to motivate myself into using the DVD/equipment i have. I know that once I get through the dreaded gym doors, I will do what I can.

But what can I do to make it over the gyms threshold??

Any tips/advice would be GREATLY recieved! :)

Thanks
Nat

Posted: 2007-09-09 15:01:58

Tawa Chihuahua

Hi Natnat, and welcome.

You know, motivation is not something that can be doled out. The best thing I can think of is to know why you want to do it, and what you want to get out of it. A vague feeling that you ought to, or conventional wisdom that it helps you lose weight--that sort of thing does not get the DVD in the player or your bum through the gym door, as you've already discovered.

1. Identify your payoff for NOT exercising. At the moment, that payoff is what is motivating you. (The instant gratification of doing nothing but lazing about stuffing your face is a HUGE payoff and a lot of people never get beyond it). Be honest with yourself. Your schedule, your willpower, your physical limitations are not the real problem. It's the payoff that's doing it. Face it, smack it down. Tell it to go straight to h*** because you are worth more.

2. Set a very specific goal for yourself. Not 'I want to exercise' or 'I want to get fit.' You need something like, 'I will be able to do 55 step ups on a 14 inch step within 2 minutes.' 'I will be able to do 10 press-up on my toes without stopping.'

3. Break the specific goal into smaller targets. 'By the end of this month, I will be able to do 2 press-ups on toes.' (Before you laugh, did you realise that it takes roughly 12 press-ups on the knees to equal 1 press-up on the toes? I kid you not). 'Next time I do this tape, I will lift 5lb dumbbells instead of 2.5 lbs on this set.'

4. Work out a very specific strategy, identifying small, measureable steps. 'During my workouts, I will do the press-ups segment starting on toes for as many as I can manage (even if it's only half of one!) and do the rest on my knees. I will not stop to rest during the set.'

5. Create a realistic timeline. You cannot go from 0 to 50 press-ups in 3 months. You cannot lose 25 pounds in 6 weeks.

6. Create meaningful monitoring and accountability. For me, that means a monthly self-assessment with recorded results. I keep charts and graphs of my progess. The point is, you can't have a vague wish for fitness and then hope to notice that your trousers are getting loose. That just doesn't work.

When you've got something that you feel must be accomplished, getting started is not a problem. I mean, you don't say, 'I really know the dishes ought to be done, but I just can't seem to get the motivation to go into the kitchen. I will read a book, take a pill or listen to a self-hypnosis tape to see if it will help me get in there.' No, you just get in there and do it, because the pay off is a clean kitchen. You set small goals for yourself of filling the sink, then stacking the drain rack, then wiping worktops, etc. You go through the proper steps to get to the goal, because the payoff is a clean kitchen. It's the same thing.

That's the way I look at it!

Posted: 2007-09-10 08:32:59

AnimalElsa

Hi Nat Nat!

This is an old thread judging from the dates, but I'm sure a lot of people are looking for motivation.

I found that exercise videos work best for me, because I don't have to go anywhere, and they pay for themselves quite quickly when compared to a gym.

If you're new to exercise, I recommend Walk Away the Pounds. I always do the 1 mile walk when I don't feel like exercising. It's an easy workout for me, but I always feel better for having done something.

Posted: 2008-12-13 15:58:00

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