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Motivate Thyself

True Confessions of the Workout-Weary

posted by Andrea Clark
filed under fitness postings

You think you need extra motivation to stick to your exercise routine? Find out what these lapsed gym goers did to get with the program.

"I put the receipt from my really expensive gym membership on my alarm clock--looking at it makes me want to get my money's worth." Alberto, 27, Honolulu.

"I only buy cheap shampoo and conditioner for my home because my gym has better brands. An hour on the StairMaster equals shiny hair." Amy, 26, San Francisco.

"I always park my car in the lot that's close to the gym. That way after work I have to walk past it and feel guilty if I don't go in." Shane, 30, New York City.

"After I go to the gym, I put an X on that day on my calendar. I can't stand empty boxes staring me in the face, so I have to go." Laura, 28, Hopewell Junction, NY.

"My gym is next door to a music store. Every time I go to work out, I buy myself one CD. The way I figure, the bigger my music collection the healthier I get." Derek, 26, Lexington, MA.

"I make a point to develop a crush on one of the guys that work at the gym. Then it's worth going just for the flirting time." Caroline, 30, New York City.

"Without fail, every Monday I'm at the gym on the treadmill watching The Bachelor. I don't have a television in my house but that's no reason to miss it." Gay, 30, Birmingham, AL

"I leave my birth control pills in my gym locker. No question about it, every morning, I'm at the gym!" Susan, 37, Baltimore.

From the Message Boards

  • I am not the most motivated person . I was sick last year and lost 31 pounds in 30 days and then about 15 more pounds in the following 3 mos.. I was getting into clothing that I had not seen in years. Now , am gaining and have been for months. I have a tread mill and try to do at least 2 miles at 2 to 3 mph. and with an incline of 7.0 but am losing motivation.. I also am having a time with in...