Loss Motivation - How to Get it
Q. What do i
need to do to get my lazy ass
of the seat and exercise. And
I don't mean just exercising to
lose weight, I want to exercise
for life, coz I have tried it
and it made me feel good. I am
as desparate as can ever be.
A. You have
to want what exercise will give
you more than you want to stay
sitting on that seat.
- What will exercise do for
- How will things change?
- Who else will be affected?
- What will be better?
- What will be worse?
Can you see
yourself putting exercise into
What kind of exercise? Sports?
Hiking? Swimming? Weights? Aerobics,
Pilates, Yoga? What? There are
a million things you can do to
If you could do anything, money
is no object, equipment would
be provided, etc., no obstacles,
if you could do any physical activity
at all, what would it be?
Is that something you absolutely
have no way to achieve or is it
something you could do, if you
really wanted to? Did you pick
something like sky diving or ice
climbing? Something wildly dangerous?
What about an African Safari?
The first thing
is deciding what you want, second
is deciding how you might achieve
I originally chose weight lifting
(see the women's body building
picture that originally inspired
me) and riding my indoor exercise
bike while I read. This works
for me because I'm not necessarily
athletic nor am I competitive.
I do like to compete against myself
though, so working to build strength
and endurance is fun and challenging.
The added benefit of seeing the
changes in my body keeps me going.
I've been weight lifting for over
20 years and can't see any reason
to stop now.
is the Key for Exercise and Weight
When I'm consistent any extra
weight just falls off. It also
has the added benefit of allowing
me to eat pretty much what I want.
The regular exercise habit also
creates the tendency to want to
eat healthier things (I may crave
carrots rather than carrot cake)
and I'll say no to treats a bit
easier as well. It's also easier
to cut back on quantities. Somehow
healthier habits stack upon other
healthier habits the same way
lying on the coach tends to lead
to eating from the bag of chips.
So, get out a piece of paper
and something to write with and
just start writing down ideas;
first write what you want (be
specific), and next write down why you want
it. Write every single thing that
comes into your mind, including
objections, and see what you end
up with on that paper. You can
throw it away later, so get crazy
and scribble your heart out.
Some people just start by jogging
to the end of the street and back,
and then around the block, and
later they're running marathons.
Once you get started and start
to clock time or distance or how
much weight you're moving or how
many stairs your climbing, or
whatever you choose, then you'll
get interested in trying to accomplish
a bit more every week. After a
month or more you'll be exercising
Make It Easy
and You're More Likely to Follow
I'm a big proponent of starting
out so absolutely easy that there
is no way to fail, so I would
start by choosing three times
a week, exercising for as 10 minutes,
and then just get it done. Who
can't manage three times a week
at 10 minutes each? It's not that
you'll be achieving the body of
your dreams that first week, it's
getting started in a regular routine
you're after. So what if it takes
a few extra weeks to get the routine
in gear, right? It's how I got
started and if it worked for me,
a self-proclaimed exercise hater,
it can work for you too.
Don't try to do more than you
planned that first week, even
if you know you can. The point
is to achieve the goal you set
for yourself, no more, no less.
Next week you can add time if
you want, and once you are consistently
working out three days a week
for half an hour or more, if you
want to add an extra day you can
do that too. You may do far less
than you know you can because
you're more interested in achieving
the success of following through.
More time and greater intensity
To get started
with regular exercise, it's
making a plan and sticking to
the plan that counts.
Time & Intensity Into Exercise
Program for Best Results
After you've got that three days
a week, 10 minutes at a time as
a consistent routine, and that
can be after only one week, if
you really liked it and want to
increase then start to add a few
more minutes, maybe up to 15,
and see how that goes for a week
or more. Keep adding time, and
eventually adding an additional
day and keep at it, as long as
you are consistent, then you'll
find it starts to become something
you look forward to and want to
You'll notice you don't want
to stop when the time is up, but
stop anyway. That way you are
going to be really looking forward
to the next workout, rather than
dreading it, or thinking up excuses
why you don't want to do it.
Give this some thought, and see
if it helps get you off the couch
and moving again.