The road to “skinny-ness” is paved with good intentions

My alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. so that I have enough time to exercise, eat breakfast, mess on my computer for awhile and then take a shower before leaving for work shortly before 8 a.m. I like to take my time in the morning as not to feel rushed. Most days, I complete the following….breakfast, computer, shower. Why? Because I typically slip back into bed or throw myself on the couch so that I can catch some more zzzzz’s. Most of the time, as I lay there, my mind races with things I need to do…like exercise…instead of actually sleeping like I really, really, really want to do – and sometimes NEED to do.

I do want to exercise in the morning – it usually makes me feel energized for the rest of the day. Once I get going, I actually really, really like it. I feel good. I feel great. I feel like I am making progress toward my goal of becoming healthy. But, as for how many times I do exercise is about half. There are just some days I can’t do it. My eyes won’t stay open, my body doesn’t move the way I want it to or some other stupid excuse I come up with. 

If I don’t exercise in the morning, I typically tell myself, "That’s okay, I’ll do it tonight when I get home from work." And about half the time I follow through. I don’t mind exercising in the evening, but then I stay up too late because I am energized. I’m not sure what it is about the exercising. Like I said earlier, I do love – okay maybe strongly like – it when I get started and when I am done. But it’s the getting started part that sucks. It’s getting off my butt and moving. 

So, I am curious. For those of you reading this, what gets you up and moving? What is your motivator? What kicks you in the behind and off the couch or out of bed? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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5 thoughts on “The road to “skinny-ness” is paved with good intentions

  1. When it’s so cold outside, I never want to get out of bed and leave the warmth of my down comforter and feather bed. However, that’s short lived because of my daughter, and my dog.

    One minute my daughter wants a juice box or a diaper change, another minute Buddy wants a quick walk around the block and breakfast.

    Then, when they’ve both chilled out in the evening (after a long day of work and dinner) I’ll hit my stationary bike.

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  2. I envision myself going through the motions of exactly what I’d be doing. Whether it’s situps or walking or climbing stairs, I find it helps to see yourself doing it before you start, that way there are no surprises when you begin!

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  3. My motivation is my walking buddy at work. She doesn’t let me say no, unless I won’t be at work that day.
    She’s mean. Seriously.

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  4. I think that you are making your exercise routine too difficult. Not physically, but mentally. I have no room to talk here, but, when I did exercise like a fiend, I started out slowly with minimal time involved and as it got easier to do, I could do more for longer and wanted too. I had this awesome ski machine that I loved. I started with five minutes and worked my way up to thirty. My mind could handle five minutes; then ten; twenty and finally thirty. I’m an after work exercise type of gal. I’m not a morning person. As soon as I recognized that, the exercise got easier. Maybe you just aren’t a morning person. If you are an afternoon or evening person, use that time to do it. I’m buying a new ski machine, because I love them. Hopefully, I can find the one that I had. I too dislike being cold so the real deal of skiing is out of the question. I will start a new exercise routine after work. There’s nothing on tv anyway besides the news and you can watch the news anytime. Of course, I don’t have any small children (under 15) to take care of so it’s not that big of a deal for me. My 15 year old will be using said ski machine too.

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