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I have no motivation to exersize. I want to loose about 35 lbs. at least by the end of this year. I hate being over weight and I look bad in most clothes. You would think that those things should motivate me but they dont. I get up in the morning and I am so tired from not getting sleep due to my insomnia that I can't exersize in the morning and in the evening I am tired again from working all day. What can I do? I am eating healthy but I need to exersize!!!! I know I do!!!! Where can I find the energy? How can I get more energy??? HELP ME!!! (do you like to swim? Join 60107 Swimmers)

Sun. Jun 11, 10:48pm

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I make sure to get 2 servings of fruit in the morning and one protien. I have also shifted my food to earlier in the day. Breakfast is key for me.

Sunday, June 11, 2006, 10:53 PM

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Can you take a walking break at lunch? Or for an afternoon break? Can you just take a 10 minute walk in the morning? One time, I had a plan where after driving to work I parked about a 15 minute walk away from work. This was fabulous for waking me up and giving me more energy. Then afterwork, I had to walk about 15 minutes to my car again, which was a great de-stresser after work. Even small amounts of exercise may help you get started.

Monday, June 12, 2006, 4:33 AM

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I found that walking or running for a cause really helped to motivate me-- try signing up for a cause where you need to train for the event. Knowing that you are helping someone and having a goal event may help you out....

Walking is awesome exercise. Now that I do about 5-6 miles every other day, i find I miss it if I DON'T walk!

Monday, June 12, 2006, 5:52 AM

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It sounds like super tough going to get yourself to exercise on your own. Is there any way you can enlist others in the process of exercising? If you have a friend or a workout partner who is meeting you somewhere (the pool, the gym, the park, the trail, etc.), it is harder to let the other person down who will be standing around waiting for you. Can you find a group or a team to join? Even if you are not athletic, there are lots of non-competative groups of swimmers, runners and walkers. One organization that sponsors running and walking events around the country is Team in Training (/ - it is a charity to raise money for leukemia and other related diseases. If you have the money (or are willing to put it on a credit card) you might also consider signing up for a few sessions with a trainer. Then you have someone you have paid to meet you at the gym.

Good luck!

Monday, June 12, 2006, 7:32 AM

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You may find that exercising will actually increase your energy level and help you sleep.

Monday, June 12, 2006, 9:07 AM

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I agree with the walking, especially now that it's summer! Also, write down when you do things like walk. Go to a mall? Guess what you're doing?! Exercising! Go to the grocery store? Guess what?! More exercise! Walk the dog? Exercise! Walk the kids to the bus stop? Exercise!

My fav thing to do in the summer is take a walk around during my lunch hour. I usually invite a coworker to come with. Then I'll come back inside and buy my lunch, and just eat it at my desk. It helps b/c I end up eating later, so I"m not as hungry through the afternoon and I'm less likely to snack. And I can totally walk when I'm hungry for lunch, although I find it hard to sit and do work. And I've just gotten in about a 45-minute workout, just walking! And I get to bond with a coworker!

Monday, June 12, 2006, 10:46 AM

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When I first started my weight loss journey last November I was so out of shape and overweight that all I could do is walk 5 minutes at a time. So, I committed to walking 5 mins three times a week. That's all I had to do. It was easy to convince myself that I had 5 minutes to spare for my health and it's ONLY 5 minutes, right?

The next month I went up to walking 10 mins three times a week. I wasn't burning a ton of calories but I was creating and enforcing a new exercise habit. I kept adding those 5 mins each month and eventually added more days until I was walking 30 minutes five times a week.

I've had to switch to water exercise lately because of a health concern but I do 60 minutes of HARD cardio workout four times a week now. Those baby steps in the beginning were the foundation to my new exercise habit and I've found that I absolutely LOVE exercising now. It gives me more energy, boosts my self esteem, and has helped me to lose 55 lbs so far.

You can do it if you just start with a baby step!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 2:32 PM

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You sound like my sister. She, too, suffers from insomnia, is overweight, and has trouble finding energy and time to exercise. Here is a good motivation - if she doesn't get her weight down she is at a huge risk for diabetes. Don't let yourself get that far! Pull that motivation from deep down in yourself!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 9:42 PM

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do some light stretches or yoga in the morning, it is surprisingly energizing!
make time for meditation each day, it will help with the insomnia.
yes, as everyone has said - walk - walk as fast as you can, even if it is not so fast, whenever you have time! It will help with the insomnia, your energy levels and your weight!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 10:24 PM

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i picture a stranger seeing me naked.

i go to the gym every night. 5 mile run most nights. i would hate for a stranger to see me naked.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 11:18 PM

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No one has addressed the real problem. Your tired all the time and you can't sleep. First I would talk to your doctor and get some blood work done. You could have a thyroid problem or any number of things. You could also have a hormone issue going on or vitamin deficiency. If not then you should try taking something to help you sleep. Sleep is so very important especially in weight loss.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 2:32 AM

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I agree with the above poster - see your doctor, you may also be suffering from depression.

However - I have accomplished 2 major goals in life that I needed motivation for -
1) Quitiing Smoking and
2) Losing Weight

The thing for me that has kept me motivated in both circumstances was to first: educate myself. Reading, writing, breathing my goal. When I wanted to quit smoking I checked out numerous books on smoking and it's evils, books on how to quit, etc. You have to brainwash your mind - it is defintely a matter of mind over matter.

With losing weight, I constanly surround myself with reminders of what I am doing. I read magazines such as Shape, Self and Fitness. I log on to PEERtrainer several times a day, I blog online, I plan my exercise routines in 6-week increments so that it stays fresh. I log everything I eat.

Also - it is hard to motivate yourself when you feel depressed about the way you look. I KNOW. I have been there. I am still there. Even when losing weight (I am still FAR from my goal) you can forget how far you've come and get discouraged and fall back into the same line of thinking. The goal is to realize that there is a bigger picture. That there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you will reach your goals, no matter how far away they are, no matter how you FEEL right now.

Concentrate on the small steps. You got out of bed today. HOORAY! That's the first step to success. Now go to the library and pick up a couple of motivational books or tapes on losing weight. I really like the Body-for-Life-for-Women book. It is good for beginners and has a lot to offer as far as motivation goes.

You are here and searching for help. Pat yourself on the back. Good luck to you!


Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 9:18 AM

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There is a team here called: The Motivation Station

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 1:37 PM

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I agree that you should check with your doctor. Also, I've found that a multi-vitamin really helps me out with my energy. I know some people say that if you eat right, you might as well just drop the vitamin in the toilet every morning because it is not doing you any good--but regardless, I've found that I feel much better when I take mine in the morning with breakfast. Might be worth a try for you?

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 8:30 PM

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