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How Do You Get Motivated To Exercise?

Here’s a fact: Right now, I am the fattest I’ve ever been in my whole life. Period. End of story. I have all the respect in the world for Crystal Renn and every woman who can love her body no matter what size it is, but I am not that woman. (Granted, not being that woman is probably part of the problem, but what-ev-er.) Over the course of my life I’ve gone through exercise phases. Growing up, I rode horses. Then I did karate. After that, I got into yoga. But like, I hope, a few of you out there, it’s not easy to, you know, get into yoga. Why? BECAUSE YOGA IS HARD. Man, is it hard. So, after I got kidney stones (do not recommend) at the start of this year, I fell into an exercise rut, and now I feel like a giant beached whale. Suffice to say, my butt is really big.

In any case, my diet isn’t too bad (veggies, fruit, nuts, eggs, green tea, yogurt, etc.), but the hardest part is getting back into the exercising. Sometimes, when you haven’t been exercising, even the mere thought of exercising is like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest. This morning, I waged a major battle to drag myself to yoga for (whoa!) the second time this week, but it sure wasn’t easy. I was able to draw on a few old tricks to get there. I played the “If I Just” game: “If I just get dressed, that’s all I have to do,” “If I just drive there, that’s enough,” “If I just lie down on the mat …” And so on.

So! Now I’m crowd-sourcing this question. What do you do to get your butt in gear, whether your game is downward dog, you run circles in the park, or you’re a professional female bodybuilder. Share your tips and strategies on getting motivated to exercise, and your Frisky girlfriends will appreciate it.

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