January is a tough month for me. All of December's poor eating and the lack of sunlight culminate into a very lazy, fatter, grumpy Susan. Getting on the treadmill is a major event in January. All the justifications for not getting on it come rising to the surface. I will not list those reasons here in hopes that some day they will just go away, i.e. I don't need to keep reminding myself of all the lame excuses I have for not exercising.
The one thing that does work for me when I do slip on my socks and tennis shoes and fire up the treadmill is that I make a decision to walk at least until the end of one song. Then I make the decision to walk through one more song. It works for me. Today I was able to walk through 19+ minutes of songs. Woo hoo. That may not seem like a big deal to you but it's a start for me!
The song choices make a difference. Nora Jones? I don't think so. Allison Krauss? For walking? No! Here is my playlist today:
Thunderstruck - AC/DC 3:50 minutes
Back in Black - AC/DC 4:28 minutes
1,2,3,4 - Coolio 4:26 minutes
Black or White - Michael Jackson 3:22 minutes
Life in the Fast Lane - The Eagles 4: 45minutes
I should be walking at least 30 minutes but I just can't (read: won't) do it right now. I'm happy to say I even went in the same room with my treadmill.
How do you get and stay motivated?