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Get Motivated: Ignore Your Inner Whiner

I don't know about you but if I take the time to think about going to the gym, then I may end up talking myself out of it. What happens is that I start listening to myself say, "Well, you've had a hard day at work, you should take the day off," or "I have to get ready for my trip next week so I should really skip it." Before I know it, I've talked myself all the way home, gym bag in hand with contents totally unused.

I've learned to ignore my inner chatter, which usually consists of a good bit of whining when it comes to exercise, and just go for it and head to the gym. I know this is way easier said than done, but chances are you've talked yourself out of a session at the gym when you really wanted to go. What's more? When all is said and done, you should have more energy to get ready for that trip next week or figure out how you are going to handle that problem at work.

Plus once I've successfully exercised, I also get to ignore me trying to talk myself out of eating dessert after dinner . . .


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Korsgal Korsgal 9 years
I totally have an inner whiner. She usually is loudest when I get invited out for drinks or dinner. But I have to remind myself how great I feel when my workout is over and that inner self usually beats the whiner!
DoeADeer DoeADeer 9 years
My inner whiner has been winning for way longer than she should have... blech.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I always remind my inner whiner how guilty she will feel if she doesn't work out, and then she usually shuts up until the next day.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good point! ;)
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
ahhh- i do this ALL the time! i gotta start ignoring myself when i do this and remind myself "you're getting married in 4 months"
wiggle wiggle 9 years
My inner whiner has been screaming these days! I will try to ignore her.
Punkingirl Punkingirl 9 years
It's for this reason that I work out in the mornings. Whenever I don't I'm inevitably talking myself out of going throughout the day. Also, it helps to quell the inner whiner when you're still bleary from waking up. Sometimes it's hard to get up but if well planned out there is not alot of thinking just get up and go.
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
I ALWAYS go to the gym. But I give myself the option to leave. If I get to the locker room and still really don't want to work out, then I leave. Sometimes I just camp out in the sauna & skip the workout. Most of the time I'm already there so I think that I might as well work out. And enjoy it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea pretty much everyday I have an inner battle between going and not going haha!
lily3484 lily3484 9 years
YES YES YES! This is so me. I can talk myself out of the gym any day. I have to not think about it and just go. There will be times when I actually drive to the gym and then when I get there the inner voice starts talking. You just have to walk in and block it out. Plus, then you dont feel guilty eating more than usual lol. I would rather eat a ton and exercise!
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
I have an inner whiner AND an outer whiner...the two of them together are SO MUCH HARDER to overcome!
kuikui84 kuikui84 9 years
totally true..I always use the weather as an excuse....since i can't afford a gymm membership..i work out outside..but yeah..i just have to not think about it to get myself out.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
I read this somewhere a long time ago; If you want to make something hard, think about it. Or it was something like that. Sometimes thats true.
ayabeachgirl ayabeachgirl 9 years
that is so true. I sometimes have to stop "thinking about" going to the gym and just GO.
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