Monday Motivation: Getting Back In The Exercise Saddle


Happy 4th of July! Oh how I miss your fireworks and barbecues and fun with family and friends. I think we might go out for some "American" food tonight just to sate my holiday homesickness. Someone send me some sparklers, stat!

Anyway...I'm doing a "Monday Motivation" post to get myself back into the holding myself to account on the exercise front habit...because apparently I'm a kid who needs nannied/accountability or I slide back into the natural couch potato marshmallow state that I seem to want to be in lately. In some small defense, my knees are kind of messed up again, they haven't been "right" since my visit to The Tower of London,so initially I was trying to rest them, but they are still twingeing here and there, which is annoying. Can my body stop being so old and decrepit please thanks a bunch? ;-0

But I can only put it off for so long. I have been at least keeping at my weekly Pilates class (we're on a break until next week and then it's just 4 classes, with another break after that of probably a month) so now is not the time to fall irretrievably back into my old sloth-like ways. It also doesn't help that the weather has been pretty horrid this summer either, let's be honest it's hard to feel motivated to care about wearing skirts and all that jazz when it's drizzly and I'm covered up head to toe.

Anyway, the buck/excuses stops here. I'm going to check in every Monday, if anyone is interested, with my weekly exercise tally. Because yikes is there nothing to report this week (I did do a Davina two weeks ago, erp), and that has got to change. I'm going to re-set my goal for now to 3 aerobic sessions of some sort a week. And hopefully a respectable amount of walking. SO please don't rain Scotland (bwa ha ha as if), I need to re-gain my exercise mojo!

My MyFitnessPal log has also fallen by the wayside. Here's the thing, after my month and a bit of exercise and counting calories, I hadn't lost any weight. Sigh. Which I'm not going to lie to you good people, is probably a big part of the recent slack off. Which is dumb, because I do feel better when I exercise, and I HAVE gone down a belt loop, so I know it's better to work out than to not work out.

But it's frustrating to say the least and I don't know what I'm doing wrong (eating too much, obv.). Has anyone else managed to lose weight with the app? Do you think it overestimates calorie recommendations for weight loss? Mine is at around 1400 but I'm thinking the eating the exercise calories is where I've gone wrong (some say it's fine, others not). I only ate some of them some of the time but obviously that was enough to stop me losing weight I guess. Or I am massively underestimating what I eat.

I just don't feel like I eat that much, especially when I'm calorie counting, to be the weight that I am, and it's frustrating as heck. I think I might bite the bullet and get a cheap-ish fitness wrist tracker if I can find one, maybe that will motivate me to walk more. Though I don't want to end up like Mike in Veep with the ocd stair climbing! (Oh yeah, we binged that baby this month, so good!).

How about you, are you having a summer of fitness and healthy good-ness? Do you find it easier to lose weight when it's actually warmer out? I know I normally do, if only Scotland's weather would cooperate! Anyway please wish me luck this week, I really need it! If anyone want to join me in logging their exercise on a Monday please do, it will make me feel less alone in this!





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  1. I understand so many of your feelings. Trying to lose weight can be very frustrating. I fell off the exercise wagon too. I've been doing less exercise and less cooking but more writing.

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    1. Hi Susan, thanks :-) I started out the Monday Motivation exercising mostly to try to get fitter, of course hoping some weight would come off too but I didn't want to focus in it too much. But that is always what happens if we don't lose and we feel we are trying, it's discouraging but hopefully not for long! :-)

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  2. Whenever I start counting my husbands calories, it takes FOREVER for his body to react to it in any tangible way, it's very frustrating because it's a lot of work.

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    1. Patience is not my strong suit! I am going to try to focus on the positives as opposed to the scale. And maybe be more strident with the diet, it's tricky balancing it with not wanting to be a diet bore/obsessive though. ;-/

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  3. I need someone to hold my hand too. I was doing so good during the winter (kind of) but now it's over 100° outside, yuck. I don't have a Myfitnesspal but I do have a Fitbit. I'd like to do it at least 2 times this week. I walk around 5 miles at work daily though.

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    1. I completely understand why people have personal trainers now, it was different when I was younger and just exercised to maintain, but keeping motivated without he reults we are after is HARD! MyFitnessPal is a free app you can get on your phone or ipad/kindle etc. It does help with calorie counting, I think I'm just not balancing mine right! 5 miles of walking is fantastic, that's more than most people do! :-)

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  4. It's so tough!! I'm getting weighed weekly now to try to keep an eye on my weight, and it's starting to have an effect, but I've got so far to go! I really need to exercise but it's finding the time :(

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    1. I've resisted weekly weigh ins because I didn't want to get discouraged, I know it works for alot of people though! I think once you find a way to work out a couple of times a week it does feel like something you prioritize more easily but it's tough, good luck to you! :-)

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  5. For what it's worth (not much I'll bet) I felt very much this way a couple of years ago, I was getting fatter and fatter and fatter and getting dressed in the morning felt even more like draping camouflage netting over a Zeppelin than usual and I went a bit mad and joined a gym - mainly because they had an ad in the paper saying that if I didn't drop a dress size in 3 months they'd give me my money back. And I did drop a dress size, bastards, so I couldn't get a refund although not in three months because naturally, it being me, just after joining the gym ... two days after to be precise, I got knocked down by a car because ... timing is everything.

    However, I have discovered that:

    1. I'm a bit less fat.
    2. I'm a bit more toned.
    3. My knees don't hurt anymore.

    Yes, the miracle cure and reason I go to the gym is 3 because Laaaaaaaaaa! So it might be worth asking your doctor to refer you to pysio for the knees so you can find out what exercises you should and shouldn't do and then sign up at a good old fashioned gym.

    The one I go to is a chain called Gymophobics but I think they're rare than hen's teeth in Scotland. If one ever opens up your way, go to it though, as mine is hearteningly lacking in depressingly thin lycra clad ladies. Instead it's full of elderly ladies, and folks with disabilities like MS etc and we're all arthritic, with cronky knees. And we're all fat, or at least nearly all of us. And we laugh a lot. And it only takes half an hour and you don't need a shower afterwards.

    Sorry, that probably didn't help. But doing the right kind of weights could really help your sore knees - sounds counter intuitive but it's true.

    Good luck whatever you end up doing - and if it helps, I'm about to turn into Mumzilla for six weeks so I doubt I'll get to the gym over the summer either!

    Cheers

    MTM

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    1. Thanks M, I should have clarified,(I mentioned in earlier posts but not here), I have had physio off and on for a couple of years for my knees. I know what is wrong with them, I am supposed to swim and cycle, the swimming is not really an option as the council b*stards where I live have closed down all the pools, the only gyms with pools are outrageously expensive. I can't have a bike because nowhere to store it. The only gym I could feasibly afford is down in a dodgy neighbourhood (at night) and a bit of a hike so I fear I just wouldn't go. I was able to motivate myself to do my dvds at home earlier in the Spring so that's what I'm aiming for right now. I had been working on building my quads with Pilates and the dvd's as that is the only way to keep my knees tracking, they are still dodgy as heck with stairs though and The Tower of London was a bridge too far! Gymphobics sounds fun, we have that other one where it's women only and you do circuits but it sounded sort of awkward to me for some reason.

      Thank you for the inspiration though, anyone who can shape up after 40 is in my boat and gives me hope! I laughed at the "netting over a zeppelin", I relate very much lately!
      p.s. I had no idea about the car knocking you down! That is horrific! xx Steff

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  6. I really need to get back to exercise, lately I haven't done anything but being lazy. Even though I would only eat little, if I don't move much then, there's no way that I'd lose weight. Maybe your body is so bloated, that's why you're not losing much weight, have you tried any teas to beat bloating?

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Hmm I wish it was just bloating lol! ;-) Are there any teas you recommend? I think it's just being my age, having a slightly depressed thyroid, and not moving enough frankly, which I hope to change again soon! xx

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