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7/12/18 12:48 P

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I try to remember how good I feel when it is done and how it carries through my day



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7/11/18 11:49 P

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If I can't find the motivation then I just focus on 'feel good' moments, like every time a friend or family member complimented me on my figure or fitness level. Enough to kick me off the couch.

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7/11/18 4:30 P

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I use the old 10-minute rule myself - ALL THE TIME! I can only think of a small number of times over the past few years that I stopped at 10 minutes. Usually, it's 30-45.

My BEST motivation: A workout buddy. If you make a plan to meet somebody for a walk, hike or workout of whatever type, you tend to show up!

I like to do volunteer work as exercise. Examples: (1) Harvesters; I go to their HUGE food warehouse and sort canned goods, zipping from row to row and usually I'm dripping; and (2) volunteer at an animal shelter to walk dogs (I have three cats; they don't walk well)!!! Hahahaha

Great post. Thanks!



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7/11/18 1:46 P

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Thanks for your post today regarding exercise and consistency! So appreciated!

Love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.


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7/7/18 1:13 P

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Music! Without a doubt it helps. I listen to "Rock my Run" on my I-phone which has some great energetic mixes... You don't need to run to listen...lol... works anytime. I also like to listen to Podcasts. One of my favorite is "Half Size Me". Both of these are 100% free!

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Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!


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7/7/18 10:43 A

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After a workout, really reflect on how you feel. Mostly you feel amazing, like you can tackle anything! The next time you don't feel like working out, bring up that feeling, and it should help! It helps me out a lot, especially to get up in the morning.


Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. ~Robert Collier

Running teaches me that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined.


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7/3/18 4:56 P

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I am more motivated if I can find exercises to do at home. I use free videos and mix it up. At gyms I can feel intimated or self conscious. But at home I can wear what I’m comfortable in, and not worry about others, or keeping up, etc.
I set small challenges on spark people and know I am establishing discipline



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7/3/18 12:28 P

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For me, I am a visual person; so I use stickers. Every time I do a workout I put a sticker on my calendar and the calendar is where people see it so I get positive feed back when I explain stickers. It also helps me if by Wednesday there is no sticker I get moving.



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6/28/18 11:56 P

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Go visit your Doctor...and *really listen* to what they are saying. So many chronic diseases and conditions can be prevented, improved or at least dealt with better with proper exercise!

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"The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
Gandalf: Lord of the Rings


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6/28/18 6:37 A

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Focus on goals and reap the benefits of how great feeling after!

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6/28/18 5:55 A

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One motivation tip is to try to work out at the same time each day - that way it becomes part of your routine (in just a couple of weeks), rather than something you need to get specifically motivated for.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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6/27/18 11:14 P

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I love my dog, but he's the laziest little SOB haha

Set yourself an ultimate goal, supported by smaller goals that are doable. I go back to what a professor had told us in grad school: "how do you eat a whale?"

-one bite at a time :) And it's true. Trying to go from couch potato to greek god/ess seems insurmountable, but working out ten minutes three times a week, then increasing it to 4 days, twenty minutes, and so on... each marathon is completed with a whole bunch of little steps; you just have to be willing to continue the walk until you finish

Good luck!



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6/19/18 3:21 A

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I'm loving reading these! Yes, I think we can all agree that dogs are great fitness trainers! :) Also I agree that one of the hardest things can be just getting out the door. Once you start, or even commit to 10 minutes as was said, the rest is pretty easy. But oh....putting my walking shoes on, looking for the doggie bags, wondering whether I should wear a jacket....those are the hard things that I get tripped up by for some reason!

“And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” —Matthew 5:7


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6/18/18 10:15 P

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Our dogs definitely contribute to more walking than I would do without them.

I also find I love making workout plans and programs, and the stumbling block can be making a n appropriate program that is not too demanding but that I can up the intensity if I am feeling good, and my other stumbling block is getting started. I also find if I tell myself I will do 10 minutes, I almost always end up doing the whole workout.

Lately I have been giving myself a non-food reward for doing my planned workout - which is to do the trivia questions and the bonus spins, but only if I do the planned workout.

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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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6/18/18 12:20 P

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The Best tip that I could possibly give and one I give to all of my clients is have a strong why. There is this acronym in personal training culture called S.M.A.R.T goals. S stands for specific, M for measurable, A for attainable or realistic, R for relevance, and T for time bound. These are all fine and dandy, but the R is the most important. This is your why. The more that why has an emotional attachment for example, "I want to lose weight because I want to see myself as beautiful again." The stronger the emotion. The stronger the why. The more pull you will feel towards your goals.

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6/18/18 9:00 A

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Boy you are right about a dog! We had a sweet girl for about 13 months and my walking really stepped up.

My two best tips to keep moving:
1 - I only have to do 10 minutes; never yet quit after 10 minutes
2 - Remember that I never reget working out, only regret not working out....that gets me going too.

Persistence is more important than perfection.

Don't assume your freedoms are assured.

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.


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6/18/18 6:53 A

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Mantras and focus in your goals

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6/18/18 3:52 A

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I thought this might be a good topic, so I'll start with mine: My number one tip is if you can, get a dog(s)! They love walking, and walking is the best exercise that you can do!

Another tip is to invest in a nice looking set of workout clothes that fit you NOW, whether they're for the gym, or just power-walking. I think it's important to feel as good as you can about yourself as you go out the door.

More tips?

“And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” —Matthew 5:7


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