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Sunday, April 19, 2009

I have fallen  off the exercising bandwagon. In fact, I've been lying on the ground so long, weeds are sprouting up around me and vultures are flying overhead.

With summer just around the corner, the bandwagon is quietly beckoning. Hop back on, it's whispering. You'll feel so much better. 

Meanwhile, the treadmill is downstairs collecting dust and my tennis shoes still have last year's dirt on their soles. I need to walk. I need to dance. I need to move. I feel better when I do, but somehow . . . I just don't. 

So, all you motivated, energized, and disciplined people, tell me how you do it. How do you shush the inner excuses? How do you motivate yourself day after day when you'd rather, I don't know, eat a Twinkie and read a book? 
Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:12 PM  
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At 10:25 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I do it first thing in the morning - before I have a chance to talk myself out of it!


At 10:35 PM, Blogger Carla said...

I'm trying to get myself back on the exercise wagon as well. What I've found that keeps me motivated is loading an audiobook on to my iPod and then heading out for a walk - you don't even realize you're walking. That would probably work on the treadmill too with an iPod, or even a CD player playing the audiobook on CD.

At 10:42 PM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Do you have a hidden camera in my house? Paid my four year old candy to tell the family secrets?

Today, while I was huffing and puffing my way to the garbage barrel, I realized that perhaps I should take up that whole fitness thing again. In May, I will have been out of high school 20 years, and I just saw where a kid I went to school with is a grandparent. A GRANDPARENT! If I don't get with it, here, I won't be around to be a grandparent. I'll just be a coffee dribbled blogging blob...

Exercising first thing in the morning is so harsh, but it's the only way I can do it. If I wear the t-shirt to bed that I'm going to walk/jog in (or, as one of my friends calls it, wog), I don't spend as much time searching my closet for one, all bleary eyed. And the sweat pants right next to the bed.

The whole way, I'm cutting deals with myself, about the quality and quantity of coffee that will be rewarded upon return.

I've GOT to do this. Drats. I really, really wish you hadn't brought this up. It's like a nudge from God. Drats.

At 6:35 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I HATE exercising! The treadmill gets old FAST! But lately, hubby and I have been walking together. In fact, on Friday night we took our three-mile walk out in Amish country (instead of going to a movie, can you believe it?!) and then we came back to our addition, took our puppy to our neighbors' house to visit their dog and then the four of us plus the two dogs went for another two-and-a-half mile hike near the woods!

I could hardly get out of bed the next morning.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I combine it with worship. I get my iPod going with praise music and then I like it once I get started. It's the getting started that's always hard. LOL

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You listen to your iPod while working through a cemetery, C?!!!! What if you drop your ear phones and, well, wake up somebody?!!!! Yikes!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I choked on my coffee, Di. LOL!

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I exercise when I get too fat for my jeans. They're too expensive to replace, then I go back into my lazy habits. I'm a mess. I have no advice.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Keep the ideas coming! I'm not there yet. LOL

Kristin, that's what I do too and the jeans? Not fitting so good right now.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I watch that "Biggest Loser" and I think I am not there yet, where I can change my whole lifestyle to include daily exercise. I admire them, but I don't want to live forever anyway. All your friends die, that's depressing. I'll just have dessert and live today to the full.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Kristin, Thank God that eternal life does not include the body/mind we have now. Sometimes it's reassuring to know that this life is only going to last so long and then I get perfection.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I know, without all the work, huh? Take that Madonna! I'm all for health, but I have that tendency, to take things too far. One day I'm exercising, the next I've got a 20 year old boy toy. Okay, maybe not. LOL

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Tina Pinson said...

I was on the exer wagon, trying to be a good girl and get myself in some semblance of shape...

then fell off and all because of laundry, I was doing my wifely chores, pulling clothes from the wash to put them in the dryer when I wrenched my back so bad, I couldn't stand straight and was down for two weeks.

Still, three weeks later, can't lean forward with out it pulling my back taut.

So I have an excuse to have fallen of the exer wagon

and I have also been diligently spreading the words about how evil the chore of doing laundry actually is . . . SMILE

I have though been trying to do little bits of exercise to get myself back to par, whatever that par might be...

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I strip and look in the mirror.
That pretty much makes me get my workout clothes on and hit the treadmill (with a book)

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

ACK, Suzanne! That is harsh advice.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

My latest proposal? Today, even? To BOTH the lady I have been doing some personal training with (because I don't do exercise otherwise) AND to our Adult Faith Minister at church? Everyone donates their unused treadmills and such to the church, and we watch Beth Moore DVD's while doing the time! It would sure kill two birds with one stone for me, anyway, especially timewise!

I'm sure I'm brilliant, but so far no return emails acknowledging it. Rats. Looks like I'm going to have to go it alone or start my own One Heart (spirit, body, mind) Club, haha.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Pass the twinkies please! I like to think I'm allergic to exercise ~ it makes me break out in a sweat and get flushed in the face.

Unfortunately, my cottage cheese legs are telling me that I need to push through the "allergy" and get on the treadmill. This morning I actually listened to the cottage cheese, but not sure how long that will last!

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Hannah said...

Ditto, Suzanne! I also drape my so-skinny-I-can't-get-into-them-without-sucking-my-stomach-to-my-spine jeans onto my bed and visualize them while on the treadmill. Though methinks that exercising isn't as hard as avoiding the cheesecake and chocolate that tempt me afterward. :)

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Abby said...

One thing that I do is that I sign up to run in charity races in my city at least once a month in the spring/summer (winter too but it can be cold). If I pay for them in advance, 1) they are cheaper and 2) I have something to train for. I actually just ran one this weekend! You don't have to be a runner to do this either. There are many run/walkers and walkers that do races. Whether you are walking to walk or walking to build up to running, it's a great cardio workout! And its virtually free - no expensive equipment (other than a good pair of running shoes) and no gym fees! And depending on the race, it's usually a pretty course! Give it a try!

At 11:25 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Sign up for the Mini-marathon! Seriously, a deadline like that will get you on the treadmill. Eric likes sprint triathlons -- same motivation but more than running.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I do feel better when I exercise. And, I go to a gym and the classes keep me motivated. First, I do what I enjoy, spinning, and the class environment helps develop relationships. I feel "bad" when I miss.

Now, being disciplined in eating. Different story.

You'll get back to it Denise. Give yourself a grace season.

Rachel :)


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