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Exercise and Motivation

I think we all experience it at some point… You have a nice groove going, exercising every morning, controlling your coffee intake (instead of the other way around), eating until satiated then stopping, etc..

You’re on top of the world and don’t understand how others don’t find it enjoyable too. Since when is exercising a chore, right? It’s fun and makes you feel good! :)

Then suddenly, some disruptive force throws your “mojo” all out of whack. Maybe it’s a big life change: you lose your job (hmmm), a loved one, a marriage. Maybe it’s a little thing — harder to put your finger on — that wouldn’t seem like it should matter, say, a loooong cold and rainy streak (hmmm).

Whatever it is, you notice some weeks or even months later, what used to be routine requires extra effort to motivate yourself. Or, you’ve simply stopped doing it altogether.

Well, I’m there now. Still skinny by most standards and appearance, and still eating healthy vegan, but according to my scale, my body fat percentage (and weight, to some extent) is increasing. And, I can tell.

So, here’s the plan, I’m getting back to regular, daily, exercise, even if it’s only a 20 minute walk outside or a 10 minute jog on the treadmill. (I think that’s part of it; we get to saying, “if it’s not all then it’s got to be nothing,” but where does that leave SOMETHING?)

In addition to exercise, I want to get back to calorie restriction. To that end, I’ll be doing some sort of personal food challenge as a sort of wash-out period to banish cravings. I haven’t decided yet whether it’ll be another two-week green smoothie diet or the full six week Eat To Live plan with my online friend Em.

Either way, I’m starting on August 1st or 3rd (Monday’s seems like logical start days to me, but so do the first of a month). So, anyone want to join me in putting their foot down and committing to recommitting this summer? Which challenge would you prefer I take up with you? Please leave a comment and let’s do this! :)

p.s. – Have you watched my silly behind-the-scenes video of Roger Haeske’s new raw Savory Stews yet?

4 Responses to “Exercise and Motivation”

  1. Matt O'Brien says:

    Yeah, I’ll join you. With driving kids to and from various camps, learning the ropes at a new job, building a new website and–oh, yeah–vacations, this summer has been a hectic mess. Exercise has been pushed to the side.

    As a fitness pro, I was in pretty good shape to start with. I’ve been coasting along on the gains of months and years of hard work. Still, the ride is slowing down and I’ve got to get back to working out.

    Will you be updating your progress here (or anywhere)?

  2. Hilary says:

    Hi Erin,

    Yes, I’m in too! I’ve started today but by August 1 or 3 will be really needing some teammates ;)


  3. Rosalind says:

    I’m in, too. I’m not sure that I’ll be doing the exact programs that you describe, but I definitely want to refine my CR practice and continue to exercise every day.

  4. Sky says:

    Living in the Northwest, i find myself very much on a motivation rollercoaster. for month’s at a time i am good, restricting calories and getting regular exercise, but then the weather changes… and i spend more time inside, and the next thing you know, even if the weather is good, my “mojo” is gone. I find that my weight follows a kind of gain 10 lbs, lose 5, gain 10, lose 5, gain 10, lose 5….etc. Now if i could only lose that extra 20 and get back to where i was 5 or so years ago…..

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