Finding Motivation To Workout

I am really motivated to get healthy. Yet, I am having the hardest time motivating myself for exercise. I know that it sounds silly, but it is true. I mean, I know all about the benefits of exercise when trying to lose weight and get healthy. And I know that I can start out taking it slow, but man, just actually getting started is proving to be a real pain the ass for me.

I have been thinking a lot about this over the past few days. And my conclusions is that maybe I am going about this thing all wrong. You see, my apartment complex has a pretty nice gym that I can use for free. And it has good hours that make it available at pretty much any time that you’d want to use it – even on Sundays. The only problem is that the building with the gym is rather far from the building where I live. No big deal, right? Easy way to get in a walk before working out, right? Well, that is a great thought except it is freezing here and it actually snowed a few days ago!

basically, there is no freaking way that I want to be walking out in the snow and freezing cold to go workout for a half hour or so. And, that is the exact reason that I have been so not motivated to work out at all. I mean, who would want to go through that to get to the gym. And yeah, I could drive over to it like a wimp, but I don’t have a garage so my car would also be freezing cold. Pretty dumb, huh?

Well, once I realized that was the thing holding me back last night. I decided that I needed to come up with some type of solution, at least until the weather is a little better for me walking over there. So, after doing some looking around online, I realized that there are some things that I can actually do at home to get fit without actually needing to head over to the gym. I mean, sure, I could get a much better cardio workout if I could get over there and use some of the machines to really get my heart pumping. But, I can boost my heart rate a little bit right here in my own apartment. All I have to do is move around some of the furniture in the living room so that I have more space.

So, today, I will end my streak of telling myself that I will workout and not actually doing it. Instead, I will get my workout going on right here in my living room. Hopefully I don’t hurt myself! ;)

Are Your Weight Loss Goals Realistic?

Back when I was losing weight the first time around, I had one goal. Actually is was more like one focus as it wasn’t exactly a goal. Maybe it was really an unhealthy obsession now that I think about it. I wanted to get down to 120 pounds and be skinny. Think about it – what is that magical number that you always hear people talking being the most attractive or perfect weight for women? Yup, it is 120 pounds and that is why I wanted to reach that number on the scale.

Well, guess what folks? When you start out weighing over 200 pounds, it is damn hard to get down to 120 pounds. What’s more is that depending on things like your height, your muscle mass and even your genes makes how much weight that you can lose and even look healthy vary from one person to the next. In fact, some of us just are not designed to get down to 120 pounds. And I am one of those people, which is probably a good thing because it would not be a very healthy weight for me. Fortunately, this is something that I know now and will not be focusing on here in round two of my weight loss journey.

So, how does one come up with a healthy goal weight? Well, look at it like this. Plenty of doctor’s out there say that about 1 to 2 pounds a week is a healthy way to lose weight. Granted, those first few weeks of weight loss will likely see you drop a lot of pounds – the heavier you start out, then the more you will lose quickly at the beginning. But for the long haul, really aim for this one to two pounds per week as your max weight loss. If you notice that you are losing more than that and are well into your weight loss adventure, then make some adjustments so that you can be healthier with this thing.

You can read more on this here.

Getting Skinny, The Sequel

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Well, if you have been here before, then you might have noticed that this site looks a lot different from the way that it used to. You see, a few years ago, I set up this site as a way to track my progress with a weight loss goal of “getting skinny.” As you might have guessed, I ended up meeting my goal weight and getting right where I wanted to be on the scale.

I managed to stay that new Sara for quite some time. Then, gradually, the pounds started creeping back on. Honestly, I did not really notice it at first. Not for a while actually. It was not until my favorite pants got a bit too snug for comfort that I realized that there was a possibility that I was gaining weight. But, it was also close to time for my period so I tricked myself into thinking that was the culprit as I dug my “fat pants” out of the back of the closet. A size bigger and roomier than my fave pair.

I bet you already know what happened next. Before too long, my fat pants were fitting a bit snug and I convinced myself that I’d shrunk them in the dryer. Dug out another pair of my fat pants that fit and carried on. Long story short, I now at pretty much back where I started. I need to get in control of my weight and start seeing those scary numbers on the scale go down, down, down!

Basically, I have to do all the same work all over again. The cool thing is that I already know that this is a goal that I can achieve. That not so cool thing is that I have to do it all over again and I know that this is some hard work that I have ahead of me.

Well, here’s hoping that the sequel of this journey does not involve a follow-up version in a few years down the road! Now, it’s time to start melting away some pounds so I can get back in my fave skinny jeans!