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For newbies: I set very small goals for myself in my exercising. I give myself small increments of time to meet: 15 minutes on this machine today and then add 5 or 10 minutes after that. Or, run to the mail box up the street and then the next mailbox tomorrow.
I paid for several sessions with a personal trainer at the YMCA. She showed me that I was not really pushing myself hard enough and started me with an appropriate strength training prgram. Now my resting level during cardio is what I used to consider my "high" level.
I have a list of at-home exercises that I know I can do. Whenever I play a video game, either at a save point (if the game has it), or at any "break" in the game, I step away from the console, choose an exercise on the list, and do a full set before I return to playing.
Don't let your mind rob your body of a good workout. Stop making excuses on why I should skip the gym. Headache, Too tired, or I just don't feel like it. None of these excuses will make you look better in that bathing suit. So work extra hard on these days to show your body who is in charge!
I know, I know!! Personal trainers are expensive. I am fortunate enough to be able to fit the cost into my budget even though it is difficult. But I honestly believe that if it were not for Rachel, I would probably not have learned to love exercise. I look forward to our time together.