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6/11/13 8:16 P

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Excellent advise, what ever you do never stop pushing ahead. I found when I worked with a buddy if that buddy had to skip or wasn't in the mood then I did the same thing. It was more of a hindrance than a help so I ditched the buddy and I do mostly on my own. I have a trainer twice a week so I know for sure I will exercise on those days because I made the sacrifice to pay for it. On the other days I get up a little earlier and get in at least 30 minutes on my treadmill or I walk around the block. Because I get it out the way early I have no excuse, oh and I make sure that I'm well rested because that was one of my excuses. Now I am not doing this every day but 4 to 5 times a week plus my 2 sessions with the trainer is working much better than all the buddies I've had. The bottom line is find what works and work it, don't be discouraged and don't stop.

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6/11/13 11:07 A

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You can search Spark for a group in your town, go to Community, click spark pages and look for your town and check ones close to you. has all kinds of groups from walking, hiking, kayaking, and actual fitness groups. You might also want to find a fun activity group - a for fun sports team? It will take time to find a group you click with and who meet your needs and interests - remember the most important part of this journey is to not quit!!!

Also I would suggest you look into the groups you feel are "very fit", there are often many levels of fitness at these events and it can be good to join a group that challenges you to push harder and longer. There might be people there who can point you toward a group you would like better.

I have been a military spouse for 17 years and it is important to know finding friends and a group to fit in with is the most difficult thing you can imagine, be careful not to jump to conclusions about a group, give everyone 3 tries just to be sure (maybe you met someone on a bad day) and have an open mind - it is possible that what you are searching for isn't what you need but your needs will be met in unexpected ways.

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6/11/13 10:12 A

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Hi team. I'm struggling with maintaining my workouts on a regular basis. I seem to be confined to 2 workouts a week. I know I have to do more; even if it is only for 15-30 minutes a day. But I'm not meeting that goal. And I have a bucketload of excellent excuses.

I think having someone to work-out with; someone who is physically "present" in my life, would be a big help. Then I would feel obligated to make our agreed appointments for exercise, rather than skipping it because there's SO much work, chores, responsibilities that I have to do and I'll do that exercise later tonight when I get home.

But how do you go about starting to find one in your geographical area that is also on your level of exercise? I can't exactly go out and join joggers. I don't belong to a gym because my office provides a fully stocked gym IN the place I work (and no one at work lives near me, so that cuts out that pool of options).

I'm curious to know if there's a site, service, or even a SparkPeople page that helps with this type of match-up? And for the record... STRICTLY for exercising.

I've checked my local papers, etc. The local community already has moms that meet for walks, but only during the day when I'm at the office. Nothing at night or on weekends. The exercising community in my area is full of already-very-fit people doing yoga/pilates, and I'm quite frankly, unable to keep up. I could tell myself I will get there eventually, but in the two years between NOW and then... I'd like to have a buddy to help me stay on track.

And even if I started my OWN work-out "thing"... how would I invite others to join me?

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