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I lost over 30 lbs in about a year, and my biggest revelation was that you CAN change your body drastically if you really want to. It's not just an infomercial gimmick! LOL
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.
Every day does not have to be a full workout. Nor does it have to be a "keep track" of calories, steps, miles, etc. Just go out and play. Feel the air in your lungs. Marvel that you're breathing better. Bend and stretch. Reach for that frisbee or foot-, basket-, or soccer ball!). Be grateful that it didn't hurt!
Whenever I think about skipping my daily walk or a day at the gym, I just remember why I'm doing this: my health! And, as I see results, no matter how small or trivial they may seem, it motivates me to keep going. The end result of this lifestyle change is getting my health, and my life, back!
On a site like this, with so many running and doing lots of exercises, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement. However, it can lead to a let-down if it is not your own program. Work at your own pace and style. Do not worry about what everyone else is doing.
They say "you're only one workout away from a good mood"-SO TRUE!.
If there's a rainy Saturday or a spare evening, I'll set the timer for 20 minutes, turn on music or news, go into a room and clean what needs to be done. When the timer is done, I reset it, go to another location and repeat. Then repeat. After three or four units, some of which are vigorous, some not, I take a twenty minute tea and snack break, then go again. In three hours the house is clean, I feel great and I've moved nonstop for a big chunk of time. It works!