HELP - Successful exercise program

kraftdeeMarch 25, 2008

I feel like I need to hire a personal trainer to come over so that I will be commited to exercise.

A buddy would be even better (no cost) but there's no "buddy system" where I live. anyone have any ideas on how I can get onto a regular routine.

I went to target to try on exercise clothes and I'm really upset to see how I let my body go to being so out of shape.


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I'll answer my own question since I found the answer thought I'd share with everyone in case anyone else is interested:
get back into the habit.

Use it as an excuse to get "me" time. If you lead a life of chaos where it seems like every moment of your time is consumed with work, family, school, or household obligations, use a consistent exercise routine as an excuse to spend some much needed quality time all by yourself. Block off a part of your day where you are utterly unavailable, and tell everyone in your circle of influence to leave you alone during that time. Spend at least 30 minutes working up a good sweat every day, and during that time give absolutely no consideration to anyone or anything other than your own needs and desires.

Put away your "fat" clothes. ItÂs a lot easier to put off exercising whenever we can hide our fat rolls underneath clothes that make us feel like weÂre not as out of shape as we really are. Take all of the clothes that allow you to hide your extra pounds and put them in a box. Tape the box up and put it in your garage or your attic, and force yourself to wear clothes that donÂt hide the lumps.

Make yourself an irresistible offer. The idea of giving yourself a reward for losing weight is nothing new. However, most people choose lame rewards like a nice dinner, or a night on the town. If you want to crank up your motivation to get in shape, donÂt offer yourself something that only lasts for a few hours. Promise yourself an entire weekend of frivolity, a shopping spree, or maybe even a new "toy" like a flat-screen TV, or a new dining room set. Make your reward something that you are actually willing to work for.

Turn it into a social experience. Misery loves company, as they say, so why not get rid of your own misery with a partner who is in the same boat? You have a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a family member who also needs to lose weight, so grab a partner and make a solemn pact to force each other to stick to it. If youÂre single, use this as an excuse to find a mate. DonÂt "hide" your extra pounds when filling out an online dating profile. Put it out there for all to see that you want to drop 20 or 30 pounds. ItÂs guaranteed that other people are in your same situation.

Take a good look in the mirror. When all else fails, get naked and stand in front of a full-length mirror. Take a good look from the front, turn to the side, and even turn around and look back over your shoulder at your backside. If you need to lose even 10 pounds, the mirror will be more than happy to show them to you. At least once or twice a week stand naked in front of the mirror until you start to like how your body looks from every angle.

I don't know about this last one. I can't see it really working but it's worth a try!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 8:39PM
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I think that the "find an exercise buddy" is the most important piece of the puzzle, at least it has been for me. I lead an aerobics group 2 days a week, do a cardio/fitness routine 2 days a week, go to hot yoga 2 days a week and walk with my neighbor whenever it isn't raining. If my blood sugar is high at bedtime, I spend some time watching TV from my exercise bicycle. I found an inexpensive gym at the senior citizen center. At 56, I was one of the youngest people there - but that's good for the ego. The people at the gym call me the "energizer bunny". That's good too because being the only old, fat person at yoga would be the pits otherwise. So...I do nearly everything with someone else and I make exercizing at home convenient by putting my stationary bike in the family room. It isn't lovely, but it is functional.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 6:02PM
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The only way I can do it is to find something enjoyable to do while exercising, i.e. watch TV. Most television shows on DVD are only 42 minutes per episode, which is just perfect for me -- 35 minutes on the exercise bike or treadmill, and then about 7 or 8 minutes on the weight machine.

I'm working my way through all the Buffy the Vampire Slayer discs right now...I'm only allowed to watch them while exercising, so it's a bit of a treat.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 1:15PM
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