Friday, May 25, 2012

Motivation needed!

Exercise - something I should do more of, but something I rarely feel the inclination to do. Up until my mid 20's I was blessed with a superb metabolism. My natural body build is tall and slim and I've managed to maintain this physique with little effort. In high school and college I ate horribly. I was a busy student so I ate all the convenience foods I could get my hands on, plus a healthy dose of sugar to satiate my sweet tooth. I don't even want to think about how much soda I consumed in my youth. My parents had a special refrigerator set aside for soda and beer, so there was always a large stock of orange soda ready for my consumption. Nowadays I rarely feel the need to drink soda. I may splurge every once in awhile (there's something about eating a bowl of popcorn that just begs for a companionable soda), but I mostly drink water now. I'm kind of a water fiend. I'm constantly walking back and forth from my desk to the water cooler. 

But anyway, back to the topic at hand... exercise and my utter lack of motivation. I have little to no athletic skill so sports have always been a mystery to me. I don't want to think about following a ball around a field or a tennis court, I just want to be active. I do enjoy swimming, walking, hiking and biking (I loathe running), but I can never seem to create and stick to an exercise schedule. I'm not a morning person, I work all day, and my evenings are either dedicated to whatever community theater show I'm in, family engagements or a plethora of household chores. So, what do you busy ladies do to stay on track? I could really use some pointers - and maybe a good kick in the butt. 

I'm really starting to feel like a sloth and I know my metabolism is starting to slow down. I've stopped weighing myself because the number just keeps going up (and my clothes keep getting tighter). For awhile my excuse was that I would be pregnant soon so what was the point of getting into shape first? I've got to stop living my life that way because who knows if I'll ever be pregnant. A fantasy is not a good excuse to let my body go. I don't need to be super buff but I'd like to at least be able to bike a few miles without getting winded, and perhaps see my waist line decrease (the muffin top look is really not doing it for me). 


Okay, here goes. This is me officially kicking myself to get moving! 





6 comments:

  1. I could have written this myself! Well, except for the tall and slim part! I've been a dancer my whole life, but at 5'nothing, weight packs on and is obvious! I've just given myself a swift kick now that we're on an IF break. I walk with my friend who happens to live across the street a few nights a week. We kind of "make" each other go. Hubster and I played frisbee and catch one night for activity. He makes fun of my lack of athletic ability, but at least I can catch a baseball :)

    I'm starting to re-think if I can walk somewhere instead of driving for instance to the bank for work. It's gotten me moving! So has MyFitnessPal! Good luck with your kick in the pants!

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I downloaded a MyFitnessPal app on my phone this afternoon. :)

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  2. I loathe running too. Finding time really is the hard part for me. I try to do something physical on my lunch hour because I am not a morning person either and I often loose motivation by evening. If I make it to the gym or pool at lunch than I feel really good and get so much more done at work in the afternoons. I really like going by myself at lunch because it feels like a break from my co-workers but in order to get myself to do anything after work I have to go with other people. It's more fun with friends to talk too and I feel like someone else will let me have it if I don't show up. Those are my tricks and they only work some of the time :) I hope you find something you can stick with, it sounds like you have the motivation now for sure!

    Sunshine

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who hates running! I always go home at lunch to let the dog out, so unfortunately lunch time isn't an option for me. I have been walking a couple evenings of the week with friends. At least it's something! I hope I can figure out how to add something else to my schedule soon.

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  3. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I am glad to meet you (virtually speaking)! I can completely identify w/ you and the challenge to get motivated. Infertility robs us of many things and motivation to exercise when you're feeling so depressed certainly is at the top of the list! Baby steps (love that saying...right!) I tend to take it day by day - even if it's just a long walk...it's better than nothing :) http://theconceptionchronicles.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm glad to virtually meet you too. :). Agreed, it's extra hard to find motivation when you're not feeling the best. I expend way too much energy just thinking about infertility, how am I supposed to get motivated to wear myself out even further at the gym?

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