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I keep motivated by imagining my skinny self enjoying the trip I plan on taking as a reward once I reach my goal. For every pound I lose, I put $5.00 in a savings account as well as $30 each paycheck. It seems like such a drop in the bucket at the time and I have something great to look forward to
Working out at the same time each day (whether morning, afternoon or evening) helps make exercise part of your daily routine, and just becomes 'something I do at this time' rather than something you need to get specifically motivated for.
I keep a jump rope & a weighted hula hoop beside my couch. While watching TV I jump 50 to 100 reps ea. way & hoop for 60 sec. ea. way. I set a goal to complete this combination 3-5 times every 10-15 min. I feel refreshed and amazed at the number of calories I've burned by the end of a show!
I wear them on the treadmill and just around the house doing housework, and use the heavy hands about half the time on the treadmill. Burn baby burn! Also, if you can't go fast you can still go "up", increase that incline and increase your calorie burn.
I wear a pedometer everyday and no matter what I don't go to bed until I've reached 10K steps. I check at dinner time and most often I have 3k to go so we walk the dog or I use my Wii fit board to do steps while watching TV. Having this goal keeps me active & positively impacts the whole family.
When I think I'm just too tired to exercise, I commit to do 10 minutes of light exercise. If I'm tired after 10 minutes, I'm allowed to quit. But 95%+ percent of the time I feel better after 10 minutes and go on to get a good workout.
Don't be taken in by the idea that you need to do a full-blown 30 or even 60 minute workout to do yourself any good in losing weight! Start small, with something you know you can do EVERY DAY! I started with calf raises - who can't lift themselves up on tiptoe 15 times? And work up!