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I have four dogs so I am NOT allowed to sit on the couch without getting their walks in. This is a great way to keep me motivated because some days I simply would not get up and exercise if I didn't have to. Looking at their longing faces makes me want to get up and get out there!!!!
Rather than think of exercise as one of those extra things you have to do, think of scheduling it as "Me time." Forget about all that stress, and just enjoy your work out. Once you do, you'll find yourself missing that time for yourself.
Life is like a massive stack of white paper. Each day we fill it with activity and choices and decisions. Some days we end the day on a high, with everything tidy. Others we find a mess on the page when day is done. BUT each morning is a NEW clean white page to fill without any thought to the past.
I've used my kitchen timer for years to fool myself into getting started. I set it for one minute, five minutes, etc. and tell myself that I only have to commit myself to whatever it is (exercise, etc.) till the timer rings. I always keep going once I get started!
One of the reasons SparkPeople is so successful for thousands is because we help people find ways to enjoy the adventure! Whether you're working on fitness, nutrition, goal setting or anything else, FIND WAYS TO MAKE IT FUN!
There's a good number of friends I run into only every few weeks or so. Some haven't seen me since last fall--which was 35 pounds ago. I live for that double-take.