I'm working to find all my motivation again. I had a bad Sunday, was very discouraged, but I'm definitely not quitting. I took the time on Sunday to reflect on areas where I need to work harder. Working out is the area that I have been lacking the most. My job is sedentary so I'm at my desk all day. Sure I take breaks to walk to the restroom, go get more water, or walk around a little of the city doing errands on my lunch break, but the majority of my day I'm sitting at a desk. My eyes were really opened to my lack of exercise during my assessment period using the Weight Watchers ActiveLink. It is good that I am not more conscious about my daily movements and just how much exercise I am really getting.
It motivates me when I read about people who have successfully lost weight as well. I enjoy reading books written by people who have reached goal, success stories online, and of course the other weight loss blogs on here. It is inspiring to see that regular people, just like me, are able to do it and keep it off! Each story is different, but there are some common aspects to each. One of the main things in common is that to lose weight and keep it off exercise almost always needs to be part of the mix. Examining myself and my activities, I've found that I am really lacking in this area. It is easy to make excuses after a long day of work because I'm "too tired" to work out. Instead I'd wind up watching tv for the night and going to bed, again being completely sedentary. Well, I've been getting my motivation back, really helped using some of the tools and ideas I discussed last post, but reading about exercise and writing about how I am going to do the exercise and actually doing the exercise are very different things. I'm very proud of myself to say that I am making a real effort to incorporate more exercise into my day.
I'm making a lot of small changes. I'm drinking more water, I haven't had any Diet Coke since I recently quit all pop all together (yeah!), and I've been using my elliptical. I went on the elliptical for 30 minutes after work on Monday and then I woke up early and did 20 minutes before work and 40 minutes when I came home on Tuesday. Today I plan to do it again after work. I'm trying to keep this up and form a habit. When I was in high school and college I swam every afternoon/evening for 2-2.5 hours a day. Now, I can't imagine how I was ever so motivated. How did I spend so many hours a week swimming in college? I need to find that drive again of forcing myself to get on the elliptical and challenge myself more and more. Baby steps.
A big part of it I know is the feeling of how long will it take to see results. The amount of weight I need to lose is daunting, but I need to remind myself to be patient and work on making these healthy changes habits and then maybe it won't seem so difficult.
How often do you work out? What work outs do you enjoy the most?