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How did you get started and keep yourself motivated?

I have a really hard time trying to keep myself motivated. I am 5'5', 150 lbs. I am not overweight, but I have all my weight in my butt and a loose stomach. I have had 2 kids. Before I had kids I weighed 120. I want to be there again. Is there anyone out there that knows of a energy pill or diet pill that will boost my energy to motivate me? Thanks for your help!

Tue. Jan 31, 8:26am

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Be careful about using diet or energy pills!! They can do more harm than good sometimes!

I decided to walk in the breast Cancer 3-Day as my motivator--I have to raise funds AND walk to train, I logged in approx. 250 miles last year in training and lost weight & inches without really doing too much else. (besides trying to eat more fruits and veggies.)

I'm doing it again, so if you're interested, I can give you some tips..

The way I saw it was this: By doing a charity walk, I'm walking for someone else (my best friend's mom had breast cancer). So... they are counting on ME (in my mind) to follow through and to do the walk... Walking 60 miles in 3 days (20 Miles a day) is NOT easy, but far easier than what many women go through when getting treatment for breast cancer!

--IrisSVB


Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 10:01 AM

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Exercise is the best energy "pill" there is!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 10:26 AM

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I agree that exercise is the best "pill." The adrenaline rush is addicting and can turn your whole day around. For me, the hardest part of exercising is getting my butt out the door. No matter how much I know that exercise makes me feel better, and I will love it once I start, I still can't get moving.

A lot of times "tricking yourself" can work. For example, if you are going for a run, tell yourself that you're just going to walk for a bit, no pressure. Then, once out the door and walking, start jogging. Nine times out of ten you get inspired to make it worth your time and break into a nice pace. Another trick is to tell yourself you'll do a real easy run, no hills...once you start running, the endorphins kick in and you outdo your original intentions.

Pulling the wool over your eyes can work in any form of exercise, too. Say you are going to bike for 15 minutes...once you break a sweat you want to keep going, and, before you know it, you tricked yourself into a 45 minute cardio session.

Sounds silly, but I swear by it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 10:57 AM

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I swim as part of my coss training. Front crawl. Three strokes between breaths- and I have a mantra that keeps me motivated. I (stroke) AM (stroke) A GODDESS!! (stroke/breathe) I (stroke) AM (stroke) FIERCE !(stroke/breathe) and repeat while swimming a mile. I find it impossible not to have motivation when you realise you're a fierce goddess...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 11:15 AM

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My Manta:

I was recently told this by a fellow peer trainer:
I CAN do it, just for this day!
I CAN workout, just for this day!
I find that if i focus on just today, i am much better off than if i think abou the whole week b/c its too overwhelming. Its also too easy to say, i will exercise tomorrow. I just need to walk 20 min today and remember to eat right- just for today.
Feel good about YOU today and you CAN do it! :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 11:39 AM

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