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I love to workout.

I just read this in a group I'm in and I am envious. I do not like to workout at all. I am dreading every moment of even thinking about getting to the gym. If you love to workout, please tell me why. I'd love to get some inspiration.

Tue. Oct 11, 9:00am

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I love to work out too

And I NEVER used to have any desire to do it. I was way too lazy and unmotivated. When I first started losing weight on WW, a couple of pounds a week, that got me really hyped up and I gradually gained the motivation to work out because I was happy to be losing weight and wanted to move it along even faster. I started out just putting some fast, peppy songs on my iPod and just walking for 40 minutes or so. Walking didn't feel like too much of a workout. I did that for months and months and after I'd lost a lot of weight, my energy and motivation had increased to the point where I stepped up my workouts to the elliptical and lifting weights.

Don't worry that if you don't like to exercise, you won't lose weight. Diet is 80% of weight loss. You need to work on your eating habits first and then when that starts to pay off for you, you may find that you will actually want to start working out and enjoy doing it.

Kate (kissmekate02 - spotlight clubs group)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 9:18 AM

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I like how I feel afterwards

I used to really dread working out because I felt uncomfortable in the gym. I don't feel that way at all anymore, but I do tend to procrastinate or even blow it off altogether sometimes.

Even while I'm there, I find it kind of boring (esp. weightlifting - I bring a book to read between sets).

But once I've actually done it, I'm always really glad I did. I always feel much better -- not just for having accomplished my goal, but just because the exercise really makes you feel a lot better.

Just make yourself go.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 9:52 AM

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I hate working out too...Its boring and it hurts and is all together just uncomfortable. Reading your post made me wonder why I feel this way. There have been times in my life when I enjoyed exercise...every summer in highschool my family would go away, no tv, no phone, no friends for a month. I would ride my bike and exercise on the beach every day all summer and I really enjoyed it. Now in order to exercise I have to set myself out a schedule and find the time and space to do some complex work out tape that I turn off half way through. So basically I've decided to stop trying to workout until I find a time in my life that gives me better exercise options. Instead I just take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator any time I can....its easy enough to commit to, and it burns a buncha calories. To lose weight you need to be active...even fidgeting burns calories...active means moving in general not necessarily putting on spandex pants and running 3 miles.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 9:59 AM

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There is a direct correlation between how I feel about my body in the mirror and how many times I've been to the gym in the last week. When I work out lots, I feel great and I think I look great (or at least "better than before I started peertrainer"). When I haven't worked out in several days, I feel fat and flabby and gross. It's definitely all mental - two or three workouts can't actually produce a visible change in my body. I like feeling that way. I like floating along on runner's high after a good workout.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 10:03 AM

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Don't know if this what you're suffering, but I definitely am totally intimidated by the weights section of my gym. If it's the gym part that's getting to you - lift some cans of soup in your living room or get some aerobic/pilates/whatever DVDs and do them for a while until you feel a little more comfortable moving again (or walk a bunch, like Kate said). Then face the gym with something that you really like - find a great class, or try the eliptical, or something that you enjoy doing and can block out the intimidation factor for. I'm also much, much better at going if I have a workout buddy who is waiting for me to show up 3 or 4 days a week.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 10:04 AM

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