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Does anyone suck at working out!

I try to go in the morning, but I am having a hard time motivating myself to go, morn or eve. I have a gym memb, very close (walking distance), almost always near empty, and I have a mp3. Have only been on PT for about a month.Have an average weight loss of 3-4 times a week. Has anyone struggled or is struggling with this? How did you overcome it? I need help!

Thu. Mar 29, 10:31am

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I've been working out most of my adult life (I'm 50) and I still struggle with motivation. I belong to a gym and slug it out on cardio machines with my MP3 player. I just started swimming today as a break from the gym during the warmer months, hike with friends and my dog. I try to find opportunities to move and exercise that are fun, the gym can get boring after awhile. Going to the gym with a buddy certainly helps. But the 2 things I would tell you is find something you like to do and be consistent. Everyone struggles with this from time to time. You are doing it for the rest of your life but take it one day at a time. Good luck

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 10:51 AM

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Rather than exercising 3 times a week for 1.5 hrs make it every day for 45 min. That way it is part of my daily routine. Very important.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 11:24 AM

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I forced myself to go 6 days a week for 2 weeks for really long workouts so that when I cut back to 4-5 times a week for 1-1.5 hours, it would seem like a walk in the park. Well, after two weeks, I started experiencing the "exercise high" and it became a whole lot easier to go to the gym. Now my first response to boredom/upset/headaches is to go to the gym rather than reach for comfort food.

So I guess I'm suggesting that you force yourself to go consistently for a couple of weeks and see if you can get that high going...though rumor has it that I'm lucky it kicked in so fast because it can take a couple of months.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 11:32 AM

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OP here

I am currently on 30min, and I STRUGGLE through that so 1.5 hours is out of the question.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 11:40 AM

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Sorry, I wasn't clear...I believe it was the frequency aspect combined with the prospect that it would only be for a limited period of time (my get-out clause) that made the difference rather than the duration.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 11:45 AM

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it can also take a couple of years...just keep your mind on your goal. it's not so much of a "struggle" as it is, if you will, a "weight on your shoulders". eventually, you will tire of carrying that around, but only if you remind yourself that it is still there and needs to be removed. that's what works for me, albeit it slowly.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 11:56 AM

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Maybe you're not ready for exercise. You know, the way a lot of people pay lip service to losing weight because they know they should, but they're not ready from the neck up to do anything about it yet. This doesn't make you a bad or lazy person, it just means that perhaps exercise is a hurdle you're not ready to deal with yet. Maybe you're so big that it's incredibly uncomfortable. Maybe you hate feeling sweaty. Maybe you're bored out of your mind. Maybe you feel extremely self-conscious. There are solutions to most of these things - like don't do your exercise at a gym, or join a team/league sport like tennis or volleyball or soccer, or postpone any formal exercise until you've lost enough weight through dieting that your joints don't scream at you (I've been there, I'm obviously not in the league of folks who believe that you should move more no matter what).

You don't just struggle to go, it also appears from your later posting that it's a struggle to stay. You need to figure out the reason you don't like working out, no matter how "ridiculous" you might think it is. Then you can come up with something realistic and sustainable, because what you're doing isn't working for you.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 1:25 PM

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I giggled when I saw the title of this thread. I TOTALLY suck at working out, but it's because I am not athletic AT ALL. I tried some step classes, aerobics, etc., and was so uncoordinated I laughed at myself. Now that I have found some things I like to do that are not in a group setting (elliptical, recumbant bike, nautilus weight machine, for example), I am better about not using humiliation as an excuse but I still struggle with motivation. However, when a friend or someone who hasn't seen me for a while notices that I've lost weight, it does help keep me going.

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 1:37 PM

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