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Feeling a little lost...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

So the day has come that I thought wasn't possible for me. I have always enjoyed working out and the feeling that I get during and afterward. But for the past few months due to a new job and yet another injury (this one is my wrist and shoulder) I have not been able to find the time during the week to work out. The kicker is on the weekend, like today, I really don' t want to. I can't seem to find my motivation that I have always had. I don't know if it's because of having so many small injuries over time or what it is. I have sat and thought about it but I just can't figure I out. For a while I thought I would wake up earlier before work and do at least 10 minutes and build fom there. It is getting hard for me to wake up before 6am. I know I am learning a new job that I love and I've had to help my daughter more than usual with school this year but I'm not sure that's it either. I am just kinda releasing my thoughts here but seriously if anyone has a tip or some advice I am all ears. I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.
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    This can be a problem for a lot of us. I keep remembering Spark Guy saying to take baby steps. It had been so long since I exercised, I could only do 5 minutes at a time without getting short of breath. Then when I had my cancer treatments, it was the same thing. I did manage to do leg lifts or that sort of thing from a chair . I would do the 5 minutes 3X a day. After the treatments ended, I was still terribly sick for 5 months. When I felt better, getting back into a good routine was difficult for me. Soooooo I started to do different things and change up every 6 weeks or so. To regain strength, I had a physical therapist for 6 weeks. He measured a path through the house for me to walk and I would walk around it during commercials on a few TV programs I liked or to music. Each week I would add another minute until I could add 5 minutes a week. I also joined a boot camp and that helped a lot. Those are the things that worked for me. That said, I am not in the work force nor do I have children. Best of everything to be successful!
    2409 days ago
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    MOtivation for exercise is a problem for me too. I had just about given up on it for the past 6 months due to an ailing parent. I lost focus on myself and put my time and energy into the other things. I did start going to the gym for some strength training but found that the 30 minutes twice a week were wearing me out and I got so exhausted I just coudn't keep it up. So, I decided to try just 10 minutes a day. When I was ready to do it. If getting up early doesn't' work, (doesn't work for me either) try walking for 10 minutes on your lunch break. If walking isn't possible then do some simple strength training exercises while at lunch...wall push ups, calf raises. Do something to get the blood circulating. A little somehting is better than nothing. that's what I tell ymself. I am not trying to keep up with anyone else. Just do what you can!!
    2415 days ago
    Maybe your bored with your exercise routine? If you are, check out YouTube, there are tons of workouts there. I personally can't get up before 6 am so I understand that.

    Can you grab 20 min/day? Maybe the idea of only 20 min would help and then you could work your way back up from there.
    2416 days ago
    i got a spark tracker helps me do a little bit more....enjoy your new job things will calm down...
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    New job that you love is the clue. It's "new". New means change and possible unknowns. We freeze our personal progress at this point. It happens to all of us.

    Best advice: LOOK at this fear of the unknown. Smile and continue your progress. This too shall pass. If you stop, you're like a rabbit scared of the approaching headlights. You'll either crash into something or run into your hole.

    2416 days ago
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    would having an accountability buddy help maybe? sometimes having someone else nagging, er, nudging you can get started again
    2416 days ago
    You definitely have a lot of good things (except for the injuries--boo!) going on in your life! Congrats on the new job, glad it's one you like! And the time spent helping your daughter with school is invaluable, so keep on keepin' on with that too.

    Exercise? That's a trouble spot for me too. I bought a Fitbit One to help me keep track of steps and stairs, and that's helped a little bit. (For instance, I park a little farther from the front of the grocery store now, safety and weather permitting.)

    Meanwhile, try to eat well on a daily basis, and keep Sparking! :-)
    2416 days ago
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