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Going from working out 15 days a month to at least 25.

I would really appreciate some encouragement and ideas from peers here. And trust me, I will send the good weight-loss karma your way ;)

So, I have been tracking my exercise for 3 months now. Evidence of a clear pattern has emerged, something I was conscious of, but now i have the proof. This is how it looks:

At the start of the program in March:

15 days of exercise with the 1 day recommended break in-between|
15 days of no exercise at all.

14 days of exercise with 3-4 day gaps in-between.

15 days of exercise, again with gaps as long as 5 days in-between

June has followed the same pattern with an entire week gone so far, with no exercise. Preceded by a week of exercise.

How do I break the 14-15 day ceiling? And I don't mind if this was more organized, where I was following a program that needed 3 days of exercise per week. But the problem is I go for days not exercising and I feel very unhealthy when I start again. The sad thing is I haven't been able to increase the intensity of my workouts either, because I seem to start from square one, each time I emerge from the break.


* By exercise I mean walk and stair-climbing, pretty basic, not exhausting at all. But I feel good after.

Sun. Jun 17, 1:45am

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its all mindset.. I am going to start making my exercise like a doc appointment.. you wouldnt miss a important doc appoint.. so why miss exercise every day its to keep your body healthy and strong..

you have to set your mind to do it and just do it.

if you can conceive it you can achieve it.. committ to 15 min.. I guarantee you will do more..

hope that helps.


Sunday, June 17, 2012, 11:42 AM

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Hi Lynneta,

Thank you. Definitely, when I try the 10 mins or 15 mins approach it helps. But then again, I give up. What's happening right now, is I am not able to go to 45 mins a day because I am stuck at going from 15 to 30 mins, then giving up and then starting all over again.

But I agree, that I have to break the mindset thing first. Somehow, I seem to have convinced myself that I am the 'type' who cannot do this consistently. The first step I guess is to get myself to believe that I can do this - and do this regularly.

Monday, June 18, 2012, 1:20 PM

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Don't worry about times so much right now. Focus on making exercise a habit every day. Why not walk every day, no matter how much or how little. Just get out and keep moving. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Make it a habit, then work on increasing your times.

Monday, June 18, 2012, 3:43 PM

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