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Maybe everyone can give me a little push in the right direction. I KNOW that I have to lose weight (about 60 lb). I WANT to lose the weight so that I stop panting like a poodle when I am working. I LIKE weight lifting.

So, maybe someone out there can help me figure out why the heck I can't get off my lazy behind and just work out. I get a brief running start, then I run into the proverbial wall and screech to a halt. Do I need to hire a large, brutish thug to roust me from my stupor and force me to get my behind moving?

Any thoughts or suggestions would be great. Thanks

Thu. May 24, 9:04am

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I don't think there is an easy answer to this. IMO the only way to do it is to just keep pushing yourself everyday. Commit to logging or otherwise recording every single day. Then do it. If you can do something consistently for 21 days "they" say that it becomes a habit. Seems to work, but yeah it isn't necessarily easy.

If you can get someone to do this with you, either online or in RL, it's very helpful for accountability.

- Of course, if you are made of money, hire that thug!-

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 10:23 AM

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there's a reason that Nike uses their long-time slogan..."Just Do It!!" it's the only way. why not pretend there is a brutish thug making you get started? play whatever tricks on your mind you need to in order to get started. then it will feel so great and boost your esteem in so many ways, it'll be something you actually look forward to doing! the first step in correcting a problem is admitting that one exists. congratulations on taking the first step!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 10:31 AM

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hire a highschool athelete

I have never done this- but it should work in theory. Find your local highschool- maybe someone there like a guidance counselor or coach knows (with cross country practice going on during the summer) of a student that is eager to make a little money and "boss" someone around... There are students that have to run so much during the summer to keep up- or do physical exercise- and it may become a synergisic relationship. Of course if you are in pain, you should stop and not let them make you do more than you are capable of.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 11:12 AM

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Maybe you're not eating enough. Maybe you're dehydrated. Maybe you have other responsibilities that come first.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 11:16 AM

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I suggest writing down your goals. Write down short-term and long-term goals (e.g. I want to workout 3 times this week vs. I want to lose 60 pounds). Breaking it up into pieces can make the whole thing not seem so daunting.

Also, write down WHY you want to lose weight - is it to feel better, feel healthier, fit into a certain size, be able to run a mile and not be out of breath? You need to learn WHY you want to change and then focus on that goal.

Also, put these motivations and goals where you can see them every day, like on your PT profile or by your bathroom mirror.

Lastly, put faith in yourself that you can achieve and do this!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 11:47 AM

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I LOVE weight lifting, have done it since I was in high school. I also have about 60 pounds to lose since having two children.

Weightlifting is not the answer for weight loss! Actually weight lifting will make you look heavier. Here's what I do and it's been working great: I started the couch to 5K plan and I am running three times a week. I am noticing that I am slimming through my hips, thighs, and butt. I brought my weightlifting levels down ALOT, which at first i thougth was a waist of time, but now i realize i am toning instead of building. I use to bench press 105 (not bad for a chick!) but now i use hand weights and sit on the ball and work my arms, shoulders, and back. when i lose fat, i'll be able to lift again. another goal!

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 12:54 PM

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Here is something that might work too. Place sticky notes or pictures of yourself around the house, places where you might relax, eat or avoid exercisisng. Place one on your fridge that is motivational like "only 32lbs to go!" another one I like to avoid snacking is one you can put on the pantry door that says "eat an apple not chips". Or put one on the couch that says "you can sit and watch tv AFTER your workout" they might help put you in the right mindset when you get the urge to stray from your diet or exercise program. Only catch... you can not put up anything negative! If you tell yourself you are fat or lazy you are just going to depress yourself and casue problems. Go ahead try it, its like being your own brute thug!

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 1:20 PM

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