Help sticking with a diet and exercise program

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May 9, 2009 3:53am

stephcoury stephcoury
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I am a big fan of working out. I however am a busy person working and taking classes. I get really motivated to stay with a diet and exercise program and then I will get off track and not get back for weeks. I need some type of motivation to stay with it and not take breaks. I feel like I am always starting over. Like I said I do enjoy working out and really enjoy classes I am not able to afford a gym membership currently. I

May 9, 2009 9:09am

mel29 mel29
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The key to staying motivated is to, firstly, find something that you really enjoy doing, so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. Secondly, you need to make exercise part of your daily routine, like a habit, or there will always be something else to do and you will keep taking these breaks. If you can, put a slot into your diary every day for you to have a bit of time to be active even if its just a walk, it all adds up.

May 9, 2009 11:35am

Bogleg Bogleg
480 posts

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Structure is what helps me. Planning my daily routine in advance, so when tomorrow comes I know what to expect. If I know what my class schedule is, when I am working, etc. I can schedule when and what I will eat, when I workout, and when I will sleep and do everything else. I think you have to become a little bit of a planner.

If eating poorly is related to being busy and on the go, then you have to find some time during the week when you aren’t busy and on the go and do some prep work – cook some food that you can take with you throughout the week. I have a protein powder muffin recipe I like for those occasions, by way of example.

My wife and I cook a whole mess of chicken breasts every Sunday night, so that if we find ourselves strapped for time around a meal time during the week, we can just cut up a chicken breast, throw it in the microwave with some mixed veggies, and have a healthy meal in a couple of minutes time.

But I think the very first thing you need to do is establish goals, and then establish goals for every day and every week. Goal setting is very important to success in all things, IMHO.

May 9, 2009 3:57pm

susannyny susannyny
982 posts


Stephcoury, what you’re experiencing is pretty typical and you’ve already received some good advice to your posting.

I big part of success is realizing that this is a journey and not a race. Often people simply over-do things in the beginning which causes burn out.

The good news is that you can get an excellent workout without joining a gym or having fancy (or any!) equipment, and to keep yourself motivated, switch up your workout every 3 to 4 weeks. You can find bodyweight exercises here on Gyminee and I’ve posted a bodyweight bootcamp style workout on my blog back in April —

Be creative when planning your workouts, ensuring that you include a warm up and cool down and train your body as a whole. Ideally you may want to include

2 lower body exercises
1 horizontal push exercise
1 horizontal pull exercise
1 vertical push exercise
1 vertical pull exercise
3 core exercises


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