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Thursday, January 22, 2009

I HATE exercise. Have I mentioned that? We have an awesome treadmill in our bedroom and it takes every shred of grit and determination for me to climb on that thing and sweat it out. Music doesn't help. Movies don't help. I watch the clock like there's no tomorrow--which could very well be the case by the time I get off that thing.

Anyway, someone dear to me (waving at Denise) gave me a wonderful idea--an idea which I've tried once or twice but gave up on until now. Grant it, this is not for the faint of heart. In fact, once I tell you what I'm about to tell you, it's quite possible you will hear "The Beverly Hillbillies" theme song swirling around your head.

It's like this. I don't allow myself to touch my computer in the morning until after I've had my coffee and devotions. Then I put on my exercise clothes, grab my computer and put it on the treadmill.  How, you ask?

Well, I bought one of those small table-top ironing boards. Hubby attached said board with strong cable wires to the arms of our treadmill. I put a pillow on top of that to hold the computer in place and voila! I'm all set.

The first time I tried it, the palm of my hands rubbed some pieces off the edge of my keyboard. I've since taped it (yeah, looks real nice) and no more problems. (It's a small price to pay to lose a pound, don't you think?)

I get so engrossed in my email and my writing, that before I know it, I've put in two or three miles and don't even realize it! Now that's nothing short of a miracle.

It works for me (well, okay, at least for the last three days it's worked). We'll see if I'm still doing it by next week. LOL!

So what works for you? How do you STICK with an exercise program? I'm usually good for two days, so I've already beat my old record. Please, help me keep going!

Diann Hunt  
posted at 12:01 PM  
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At 12:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh my goodness, what a great idea! What did you rub off of your Mac? I don't see what can come off. I want to be careful. LOL

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Just a little sliver of the plastic that's on top. A sliver came off on both sides. I'll show you next time we're together. I was afraid to keep exercising that way once that happened. But Jim put white tape on it and it blends in nicely, so it seems to be working so far.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Did you know you can get a skin to cover the top? That might help too.

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

That is way too much effort for me. Not to mention, I'd be on the floor before I knew it, but I'm proud of you!!!

What's working for me now is walking the dog and riding on Fridays, which we're going to do more often. I could hike, but I'm not taking the dog anymore. She's a pain on a long hike. Of course, then I feel guilty when I come home and she whines at me.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

what's an "exercise program"? ;)

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Please have your husband take a picture for us!

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I've taken to reading while on the treadmill. I can get through a book in a day or two this way. It isn't any more fun (because it's still exercise) but at least it's a little more interesting.

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Michelle V said...

I do videos at home, and I roll out of bed and put on my shoes and hit the living room. I do some in the morning and then some right after work before dinner. I like splitting it up, but on days that I konw I can't do any after work then I will try to do a longer session in the morning. It works for me. I don't like gyms and I don't like treadmills, and I have an exercise bike that collects dust.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, I'm not seeing much advice on how to stick with an exercise program here. Does that mean I can give up??????? ;-)

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Hannah said...

Making your own laptop/treadmill desk is a great idea. Wish I could do it with my treadmill, but alas, the machine is an ancient one, with full palm-sized dials and inch-thick buttons.

Since no one else has offered ideas for sticking to your exercise, I'll offer my tip: everyday, after you finish exercising, write your time and distance in the corner of the calendar square for that day. I do it, and it helps me remember how far I went last time, and set goals for going farther.

Have fun walkin'!

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Funny you should ask that question TODAY....earlier today I called and made an appointment with a personal trainer. It will be the only way I stick to any plan right now....I have to schedule it and pay for it.

At 2:14 AM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

Good for you, Diann!

I saw a treadmill desk for sale last year, and then just about dropped dead when I saw the price tag.

My solution? I made my own treadmill desk. It's obviously a bit more crude than your, but it works.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Look at swimsuits! Think about summer clothes. That may keep you motivated!:) It has made me motivated.

I do dvds. I alternate between walking and pilates.

I just got Wii My Fitness Coach. It took me a half an hour to fill out the profile and that wore me out! I am in trouble! I am hoping I like it well enough and will see progress to stay motivated as well!

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, Megan, your treadmill desk is WAY better!!! Love it!!! Unfortunately, I don't have the room for something like that. But that is soooo cool!! Looks like we've both found something that just MIGHT help us stick with the program.

By the way, I'm on day four and not liking it any better than I did on day one. Why is it some people get so excited and energized by this exercise thing? It makes me want to crawl back in bed and pull the covers over my head!

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

I walk around the block every morning...and then I put it back under the bed!

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I do love to exercise most of the time. I love how it changes my shape and without losing weight, my clothes fit better.

I love touching my leg and feeling something solid, and not have my finger sink down an inch into "skin."

I love hearing my doctor ask, "You heart beat is amazing. Whatever you're doing, keep doing it."

I love the challenge of getting up and going to a class at the gym.

I'm not sure I'd do so well if I was at home exercising because I'm home all the time.

I feel better when I exercise and it keeps me motivated.

You can do it, Di!


At 6:20 PM, Blogger Annie said...

for me, i jsut got the Nike iPod+, the little sensor and chip thing that goes on yoru running show and the chip goes into yoru ipod. it's basically a pedometer and it records yoru workouts. I love it!! It helps me to compete against myself. I'm so competitive that when i'm not playing tennis (winter) I need to do something that motivates me and can be relatively competitive, but i'm not a good enough runner for competitive running yet. maybe some day.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Rachel and Anne, you're my total heroes! I don't see my attitude getting to where you are, but here's to hoping. Maybe it would help if I didn't grumble my way through every step. ;-)

I'm already ahead of the game, girls! Made it past two days!!!! Whooohoooo!!! LOL

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Beverly said...


I am going to email you! You can thank me for a extra .25 miles of time!

Great idea! Wonder if I can get it to work at the health club?


At 2:31 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Oh, puh-leze! Walk and type at the same time? That's worse than patting your head and rubbing your tummy. Or is it the other way around? I'd be hopeless. Like Kristin, I'd zip off the back and be flat on my face. They don't call me Grace for nothin', y'know.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

Ohh, I blogged about my weight-loss/exercize program today.

I have two words for you: WII FIT!


I'm uber competitive so my hubby and I spend hours trying to beat each other's score!

And, uh, yeah, I am SO not coordinated enought to use a treadmill and type at the same time. I'd fall in a heartbeat. (Not to mention I don't have a treadmill... ha!)

At 3:46 PM, Blogger squiresj said...

I cannot exercise anymore due to rhuemotoid arthritis so that is totally out of question. Yet I remember when my oldest was a toddler, I used to watch (yes, of all people) Richard Simmons and exercise along with my 3 year old daughter every day. It was great as she still loves exercise to this day - but not me. BUt it helped to have someone to exercise with. Even if they were on tv. My oldest found buying a Ty-bo tape in her 20s has helped her exercise with it on DVD. Sometimes it just is to have someone besides yourself exercising with you so you don't feel you are alone. Enjoy it while you can because I cannot anymore and sometimes wish I could just go for a long walk without pain.

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm so sorry, squiresj! My sister has RA, so I understand (from the outside looking in) a little bit of what you're going through. She has a lot of pain, too. Especially, in the winter. Good advice about having someone to exercise with. I'm sure that would help.

Praying a good day for you!

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Brit' Gal Sarah said...

You need to invent a proper lap-top/treadmill holder and make millions. What a superb idea and this is from someone in the exact same situ and frame of mind! I'd buy it in a flash!

At 3:41 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

My motivation? I've decided to do a biathlon that's in 6 weeks. So that means if I don't train, I won't be able to complete it. Ha!

Actually, after spending so much time incapacitated, back surgery, sprained ankle, etc., I'm loving being active but I can be lazy to do it, hence the biathlon. And the new bikini I promised myself when I get back to pre-surgery weight is helping. I'm all about rewards.

Also maybe if you compare how you felt when you were recovering from your surgery and now you'll find it helps motivate you. :)

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Good point, Malia! I feel much better than I did then!!

The bikini thing would sooooo not be a motivator for me. The world is just not ready for that one. *g*

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Brit' Gal Sarah, that idea didn't originate with me. Denise started it, and then I see that Megan DiMaria had a similar idea. We're all thinking . . .

I'm telling you it really helps! Let us know if you come up with something and how it goes!

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

LOL. They've actually started selling work stations/excercise stations to companies who want to help their employees get fit. They aren't cheap though - so great idea for inventing your own version!

I admit it... I can't stick with excercise at all. *sigh*

At 3:33 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Oh yes, did I mention that I also google chat and FB on my Blackberry when I'm on the treadmill? No way to set up a laptop at the gym. Also, it only works when I'm walking. Need to concentrate when I'm running sprints...

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