Regaining My Motivation To Lose Weight And Exercise

I think it’s time to take stock of my situation and be honest about my fitness and weight loss goals.

The reason for my soul searching is that I’ve had a rough  couple of months in my life and I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon a bit. Not completely, but enough to feel discouraged and unhappy about myself. (What comes to weight loss, I seem to have lost my motivation entirely.)

I also want to know if I’m really doing things that help me lose weight and reach my fitness goals in the long run.

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I think the biggest problem is that my mind has started playing tricks on me.

Lately, I often catch myself thinking like this:

  • “It doesn’t really matter if I skip exercise today. I’ll be more active tomorrow.“
  • “That workout is really boring and I’m busy anyway”. [Read more…]

What’s Your Motivation For Losing Weight? Three Questions.

motivation for losing weightDo you really know what motivates you to lose weight? Are your expectations realistic?

I pondered these questions not so long ago when I happened to read a blog post written by a Finnish fitness and weight loss blogger Katri Manninen.

Katri’s questions re your motivation for losing weight were so good I felt compelled to answer them myself. I translated the questions into English and posted them on my blog so you can answer them yourself if you want.

Question 1: What are your expectations regarding weight loss?

Imagine you wake up tomorrow morning and realize you’ve magically lost your extra weight and are now your ideal size and shape. What’s different from today? Imagine living one day in your ideal body. How do you feel? What do you think? How do you act? [Read more…]

How to Stay Motivated in Your Fitness Walking Program

Walking is a great way to get in shape, lose weight and feel energetic. (In my opinion, the best.)

Yet as good as it is for you, it can be challenging to maintain your motivation in the long run. The good news is there are a number of ways to keep yourself motivated.

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The best way to stay motivated in your walking program is to leverage the power of social relationships.

Connecting with others who have similar goals is a great way to stay motivated and make new friends. Support groups and membership sites are also full of helpful information about the best walking trails, walking gear and events.

Join A Walking Club – Or Form One Yourself

Support groups can be formed around almost any common goal like walking together, getting in shape or losing weight. Nowadays it’s easy to find walking groups both offline and online. Even your employer might have a walking program of their own, so check that option too. [Read more…]

No Motivation to Exercise?

Does the following happen to you? You think that you should really get more exercise, but feel absolutely no motivation to start. You know that it’s good for your health and would help you lose those spare tires on your waist, but it makes no difference.

I believe that having no motivation to exercise is mostly a mindset problem. It’s caused by faulty thinking about exercise and physical activity.

We tend to  have pretty fixed ideas about what exercise should be like. For instance, do images like the ones listed below run thorough your mind when you think about exercise? (These examples are taken from my mind).

  1. panting and sweating buckets while running on a treadmill
  2. hurtling like an uncoordinated popcorn during a high impact aerobics class
  3. having to wake up at 5:30 am every morning to take that mandatory 2 mile run
  4. having to do 50 sit-ups and 20 push-ups everyday

I think all the activities above are actually a recipe for getting injured if you’re in a less than mint physical condition! If you’re anything like I am, I bet you aren’t bothered to take a brisk 10 minute walk because you think it doesn’t “count”. Or it never crosses your mind that instead of going to the gym, you could choose some physical activity on the basis of how enjoyable it is, not how many calories you consume.

Wake up! This is not the Biggest Loser, it’s your life.

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How to Beat Lack of Motivation

I have my issues with motivation too. One thing that seems to help is applying a technique I learned to use when I had to deal with a gigantic writing block last spring. The technique is a cognitive therapy technique used to test your beliefs or expectations against reality* When I used the technique to beat my writing procrastination, I noticed that I expected it to be consistently more difficult and less satisfying than it actually was.

If you want to try the technique yourself, choose a physical activity and use the form below to predict how pleasurable, satisfying or difficult (or whatever you choose to measure) you expect it will be before you start. After the exercise, note how difficult the activity actually was. Then compare the results and take note of any trends.

As an example, I wrote down my last Sunday results . Notice how much more satisfying both activities – even vacuuming! – actually were than I expected.

Why not choose your own activities and do your own testing? And come back to tell me about your results!

*from David Burns’ Feeling Good Handbook.

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