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Motivation to do your cardio or your workout!

I really need to do my cardio tonight. I keep making excuses. I've been doing yoga and weight-training so I'm very sore so moving my body doesn't sound so fun. I know some of you others are too tired, too busy, everyone needs a piece of you, you just don't have any energy or any desire to go put forth the effort, just like I don't, as I sit here on my fat butt, looking down at my fat belly. But I'm going to go do my cardio to the best of my ability. Why? Here are some motivating/encouraging quotes collected from the internet. Hope they inspire you to quit spending your energy making excuses and start spending your energy getting healthy and doing those things that make you feel awesome about yourself, not disappointed with yourself!

Because anyone can do anything for 5 minutes (if I do five minutes I'll likely do more once I'm started).

"Knowledge without action is useless"

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
- Beverly Sills

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
- Liane Cardes

"Obstacles are those frightening things that become visiblewhen we take our eyes off our goals."
- Henry Ford

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
Anais Nin

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
- Jack Canfield

I will win; if I cannot win, I shall be second; if I cannot be second, I shall be third; if I cannot place at all, I shall still do my best." - Ken Doherty

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.

Tue. Aug 29, 7:21pm

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When I don't feel like working out, I put on the FIRM aerobics videos and pretend that I am being taped doing the workout. I smile like a friggin cheerleader and really get into the moves. It's fun and also helps keep me in proper form and moving quickly even if I am tired.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 7:24 PM

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To the OP

Wow, thanks for that! I wasn't going to do my cardio tonight -- until I read your post!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 7:30 PM

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These are AWESOME. Just what I needed. These two quotes from above are my favorites:

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

The video idea is really cute, too! Love that.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 8:06 PM

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This is how I get my cardio done and done well. I make a toxin blowout list that is created by typing out a few words that bring to mind anything or anyone who has upset me in the past. People have said some very hurtful things to me that haunt me to this day from as far back as 20 years. I take this list to my exercise machine of choice, put it on the reading rack and read through the list while working out. With each notation I take that hurt and channel it into effort. My adreneline pumps and I feel strong and vidicated afterward. Little do these offenders know that, with their hurtful words or actions, they are helping me melt pounds like ice melts in a desert. Looking good is the best revenge!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 8:13 PM

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8:13 poster-I love your idea. I struggle with running 1 hour but this may be a new trick. How long do you spend on each person/hurt or do you just read the list over and over?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 9:31 PM

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This is the 8:13 poster. I just read the list once. You will find that you are putting forth a pretty intense effort as you read because you are working through that emotion so by the time you finish your list, even if there are only 6 issues, you've pretty much spent yourself. I let myself envision the person's face saying the thing to me and how I felt and reacted. And replaying the situation takes time and a whole lot of my energy. I can't say for sure it's healthy to rehash those situations but it does motivate me to push myself more than anything else. There is something very satisfying about using something someone said/did to hurt you to ultimately make you better. It's total revenge. You are using THEM for your greater good. I think I discovered this while preparing for my 10 year class reunion. I thought of all the snobby people and the little groups and how I was made to feel at times and I used all that to get in the best shape of my life for the reunion. I had such satisfaction when I got there and looked divine in my dress while most of the "it" guys and girls had "bloosomed" out. It was a sweet sweet moment. I even got voted "most changed" and I'm sure that was meant to be a good thing cause I know I looked drop dead gorgeous!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 9:22 AM

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whoa 8:13, what an intense idea. i would be afraid i'd start talking to myself...
my motivation for cardio - well, i'm one of those people who would do something "easy" if i didn't feel like going (for example, ride the bike on a low level for a short period of time) eventually those exercise endorphins kick in and now i want to do my cardio!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 9:58 AM

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