Thursday, January 5, 2012

One Song At A Time - Make a Decision

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? 
 

6 comments:

  1. When I was using my treadmill, it was in view of the TV and I would tune into the HGTV channel. If I could make it through a 30 minute show, I felt accomplished!

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  2. I usually put on my iPod and get out my kindle. Yes, I need multiple forms of entertainment to get through my workout.

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  3. Treadmill, you mean that thing over in the corner of my office here in the dungeon.. hmm.. I think about going on it at least 30 times a day for about a minute each time.. does that count?

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  4. Susan, that's fabulous! At least you have a plan for staying on the mill once on. Sometimes for me it's just go until I sweat, or until I hit five minutes, then ten, then fifteen....etc..
    or until Damon needs something. lol
    Keep it up!

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  5. Susan, still I'm blessed with sun every day. It's ideal. Not the dangerous summer sun, so I bathe in it. I open my mouth wide, say "ahhh" and let the light hit the back of my tongue. :) I gulp, pretending I'm swallowing sunshine. :)

    I think of you every time the sun shines here. I even think of it when it doesn't. I wonder how you are. Your light isn't helping?

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  6. The light box helps but I'm never at 100% this time of year. January and February are very long, hard months for SAD sufferers. I'm trudging through it though and making the best of it!

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