Working Out – A Necessary Evil


Like a lot of people I’ve been on a weight loss journey for a while now. My weight has gone up and down for several years and I’ve struggled at times with working out and eating right. Working out in particular has been a real problem for me because I really don’t like it but I recently made up my mind to get myself together and focus on getting back in shape.

For me the issue with working out has been consistency. I will start a routine, do it for a while and then stop for whatever reason. I would come up with all kinds of excuses: I’m too busy, I’m sore, I’m not in that bad shape and on and on; do you see my pattern when it comes to doing something I don’t like?

Once I got myself in the right mindset to workout it became much easier; I had to get my mind right before I could get my body right. I started working out and it was going along well: I had cleaned up my eating also and I was slowly starting to see changes in how I looked and felt. Then…

The first big bump in the road: I decided to treat myself for all the hard work I’d done by eating something I hadn’t had in a very long time. That seemed to create a snowball effect and I ate something else, which lead to something else, and so on and so on. Then the next big bump in the road: I stopped working out.

All of this occurred over the past two weeks and I felt really bad and could feel myself slipping back into my old mindset and bad habits. Now left on my own, I would have easily just thrown up my hands and given up once again but because I belong to a support group online (Virtual Assistant Health & Well-Being on Facebook) where we help each other stay accountable, I was able to stop beating myself up over those two weeks and get back to my workouts and clean eating.

Working out for me will never be something that comes naturally, especially at this point in my life. I find though that it is necessary to my health both physically and mentally, and the more I do it the more I am starting to enjoy it.

How do you deal with doing something you don’t like but is necessary?

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  1. I have all kinds of strategies to make myself do things I don’t want to do. I bribe myself with non-food rewards. I tell my friends to check back with me for accountability. I join groups for tips and support (also for accountability). And this might sound strange, but sometimes I just force myself. I’m so scared of the dentist, but guess what? I’m an adult and if I want teeth that don’t fall out of my head, I have to get over it and go to the dentist. And I might not feel like working out all the time, but I want to be fit, so I make myself do it. I know a lot of people have a hard time doing things they don’t want to do, but I don’t know how people can’t just make themselves do it, you know? If you want the result, logically you should *want* to do the thing to cause the result, right? If I want to look like a runner, then I want to run. I know not everyone thinks that way, but it just makes sense to me.

    Of course, my pro tip for making myself workout (which has worked along with a lot of things considering I went from being a couch potato to being a distance runner) is just taking away all of the excuses. I get home from work and change into my running clothes, I don’t let myself eat (because then I’d say “Oops, ate too much, can’t work out now”), and I just lie on my couch. After a while, my body gets so sick of not *doing* something, that it goes “Okay, I’ll get up and run because I want to come back and eat dinner and watch Investigation Discovery.” ;) I’m like Pavlov’s dogs. I put on workout clothes and my body just starts working out.

  2. I have the same problem. In fact this whole year I’ve been slacking and the result is new wardrobe ( difficult to find the right size), not fun. For me personally works best if I am surrounded with good food and go to classes . Just working out at the gym is boring, i did it for years and now I can’t stand it. I have this place in mind that I would like to join but I have to find a way to not break the bank by doing so.

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