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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 11:01 am

A confession

I have fallen off the wagon. I haven't run in several days, and the interval between my runs has grown lately. I know that exercise gives me energy and confidence while speeding up my metabolism, so why have I let myself get so far off track? I confess to having been lazy, distracted and unmotivated. Today, that ends.

Below are a few of the things I'm doing to stay motivated and get back in the habit. I hope they help other people stay motivated as well.

1) I'm making a conscious decision each morning to work out, no matter what else arises. It will be part of my schedule - no ifs, ands or buts. If I have to run over my lunch break, I'll do it. If I have to skip the occasional social engagement, I'll do it. I am committed.

2) I'm going to keep my running gear near my bedroom door, so I have to look at it every time I enter or leave. It will serve as both a reminder and a shame factor - if I don't work out, my running shoes will stare me down and shame me into using them.

3) I'm constantly telling myself that I love to exercise, and there's no better feeling than the exhaustion of a great run. I used to hate exercise during my early college days, but I convinced myself through repetition that running is a part of who I am, and now I feel as if I absolutely MUST do it to feel fulfilled. I just need to be reminded of that from time to time.

4) I'm going to keep my new running buddy* accountable for her runs. Knowing that someone else is watching your progress keeps you on the straight and narrow, while knowing that you need to push someone else forward helps you push yourself. Having a good support system is important in many areas of life, and exercise is no exception.

*You may have noticed Rachel Wells writing for Illinois Times the past couple of weeks - she just started at IT and she is my new running buddy. You'll probably see her blog posts here at some point as well.

Now it's your turn - what do you do to keep motivated? Have you been slouching lately? I want to hear your story. Leave a comment below or email me at pyeagle@illinoistimes.

 Have a great week, and keep on keepin' on!

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