I've found it extremely difficult to stick to an exercise routine for an extended period of time. Initially, I could kind of use the excuse that I traveled regularly, but wasn't always very true. I could exercise wherever I went but I didn't. Other times I justified my lack of exercising on my inability to pay for the gym. But I know I don't need a gym to be able to exercise. That argument was less convincing than the first.
The fact that I didn't exercise made no sense. I had strong reasons to want to lose weight, yet something has been lacking. When I had a gym or exercise partner it helped to make the workout less daunting.
For the gym, I'd developed a workout plan, including a 45-minute session on the treadmill and a 45-minute session on the stationary bike, on alternate days
Between the time I knew I HAD TO lose weight and the time I lost the drive I had gotten rid of almost 20 lbs. It wasn't just the gym because I'd also changed the way I ate, but the gym was a very important part of my weight loss up to that point.
Then it was as though someone flipped a switch and *snap* like that my gym drive was gone. Now my drive to lose weight hadn't left just the gym. Part of this switch was my partner who was my gym partner for a short while had left the country, and my other gym partner -one of my siblings- no longer had the money to make the gym work.
Given the financial constraints and the lack of 'company’ (i.e. no gym partner), I tried to work out at home. Alas! It still didn't work. I was unable to stick with it. Working out at home was filled with distractions. I always had something to do or to clean. Other times my place was packed with guests (read family members) so that there was no space to move much less workout.
So what do you do when you know you need to exercise but just can't the push to do it? No, seriously. That wasn't a rhetorical question. What do you do when exercise is important but you just can't seem to find the drive? Leave me your thoughts and suggestions.
Hi I'm Ang the Generalist! I'm a nearly 30 yr old Jamaican woman.
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