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    06-29-2012, 04:59 AM
Maybe that will work for me too! Because whatever I've been trying lately, hasn't been.
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    06-29-2012, 01:00 PM
If you need motivation to work out then you havent chosen te best method for you. I joined Curves because I like the 30 minute workout routine. I know at every moment how much I have left and I bought the gadget that hooks up to the machine and tells me my total calories burned and how well - or poorly! - I'm doing. I don't have to worry about designing a workout. Not having to think about what to do helps.

I go to belly dance class once a week. I also go to Zumba 2-4 times a week.

The curves is "okay". It's too short for me to really develop strong hate for it. Belly dancing and Zumba are just FUN and I enjoy the sessions.
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    07-04-2012, 09:13 PM
Hi, you should definitely be mixing your workout up with cardio and strength training, or your body will get used to it and not improve as much. I find listening to up beat music with like a fast rhythm or good base helps. Is there anyone you can workout with you? It will be hard and frustrating at first as you're not used to it. Its good to compare times/ workouts every 2 weeks and you'll see how much you've improved :)
    07-04-2012, 09:20 PM

To look like that is my motivation alone...
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    07-04-2012, 11:56 PM
You strive to look physically as someone else? Why not strive to just be healthier and stronger?
    07-05-2012, 04:11 PM
If I thought I could look like that, it would motivate me too. It's not going to happen...............
    07-05-2012, 05:10 PM
Buy the Zumba music CD's. They will make you want to move!

Make "deals" with yourself and rules. 30 mins minimum of exercise - could be Zumba or riding in frog position or whatever, but it has to be more about exercise for you. Anything over that maybe you could have a naughty treat on the weekend (always allow yourself 1-2 "bad" thighs per week but keep it reasonable). Dairy Queen Blizzards are great for me!
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    07-06-2012, 09:02 PM
It is hardddd. One of my motivators (I have several) but one of my absolutely biggest ones is the motivation that I am a rider. I want to be in good shape as a rider so I can achieve my goals in an easier fashion and ride more comfortably for both my horse and I. I feel like sometimes people think "oh riding a horse is super easy" but we riders know that it is DIFFICULT stuff. Know how tough you are as a rider and understand that working out is only going to make you stronger! Also, maybe you just aren't doing the right thing... For example some people love running, but me, I'm not a big fan of it. I wish I liked it, but I've found a lot of success and calories burnt with the stationary bike. So, everyone has their own thing. Experiment with different things or different exercises around the house (or barn hehe) to see what you like best. Remember, don't be afraid to mix it up.
    07-16-2012, 11:25 AM
Im doing the insanity workout! Im going to be restarting lessons and I want to be in decent shape when I begin. 1 week into it and I can see some improvments
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    07-18-2012, 06:08 PM
My biggest motivator is that working out will make me a better rider and help my horse reach his fullest potential. That alone usually gets my butt of the couch!

Otherwise, it's really motivating when I reach a milestone--running a certain distance or time without taking a walk break, lifting a heavier weight, etc.

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