Lack of motivation

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have lost 39 pounds since being pregnant with my son last year. This is a major accomplishment for me because I only gained 33 pounds during my pregnancy. I still have more to go though, and it seems to be getting harder the closer I get to my goal.

I have got the eating part down. I eat around 1400 calories without having to follow the suggested nutrition plan. I get plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink lots and lots of water. But I can't stay motivated to stick with an exercise program. I even participated in the spring into shape 4 week challenge, but as soon as it was done I stopped exercising again.

Don't get me wrong, I like to exercise, and I love how I feel when I am done, but I just can't stay motivated to do it consistently. I try to use the excuse that I don't have time, but I am a stay at home mom, and I do have time. Some days are crazy with a 1 year old running around, but if I really wanted to work-out I could, I just find some reason not too.

So I have decided to just aim for 30 minutes a day, split up into 10 minutes at a time. There is no way that I can't fit 10 minutes 3 times a day into my schedule. I think that if maybe I just start small like this, instead of having a calorie burn goal or trying to do 30 minutes all at once, that I will have more success. We will see! I also decided that one of the 10 minute increments would be taking a walk with my son. This way I am getting some exercise and getting us both out of the house.

So far today I have gone on our walk, and it actually turned out to be 17 minutes, which is great!!! So now I just need to squeeze in 2 more 10 minute sessions and I will be good to go. I hope this is something I can stick to, wish me luck. emoticon
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    You should be very proud of yourself that you have lost that much weight!! emoticon And sounds like you're doing a great job staying on top of the food. (That's my biggest problem!) Have you ever thought about getting a Wii? or one of those carriages you can attach to bike and then your son can go with you? maybe hiking trails or something around your area (BONUS if you strap your son to you and carry his weight too!). Good luck!!! emoticon
    3167 days ago
    Don't eat the exact number of calories every day. I did and hit a bad plateau for 2 months. Once I mixed up my food and exercise choices and stayed within the range of 1200-1450, I finally started dropping again. I also hated to exercise - the 10 minutes at a time was a great idea. And be sure to change up your route when you walk. My husband and I walk around a nearby lake and just going around in the opposite direction, things looked so much different - like it was someplace new. Good luck. emoticon
    3167 days ago
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  • FLAB2FAB26
    Great job on sticking with 1400 calories a day! I have the exact opposite problem. I will workout 5-6 times a week, but can not seem to stay within my calorie range. What has helped me with working out is to write down my workouts for each day of the week like I would a "to do list." It looks something like this:
    Mon- Elliptical
    Tues- Bike and Lift
    Wed- Run
    Thurs- Elliptical
    Fri- Bike and Lift, softball at 6pm
    Sat- REST
    Sun- Run, softball at 4pm
    It helps me stay accountable, and feels pretty good to check them off once I've done my workout for the day (I'm sort of type A).
    I feel like if I schedule workouts into my day, I am more likely to do them.
    Hope that helps and good luck!
    3167 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2011 3:25:15 PM
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