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...staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements.


In case you didn't get the reference, it's from the movie Office Space. And while my cubicle isn't little and I don't fill out useless forms, I do have two bosses. But thankfully, they don't drone on about anything...yet.



For most people, the hardest part about getting into shape is simply finding the time to exercise. For me, it's the opposite. I have the time, but I have the kind of job that isn't conducive to leading a healthy lifestyle. First, I'm sitting down for 8-9 hours a day. I try to make up for it by taking periodic walks, but that only goes so far. Then there's the environment, which on some days feels absolutely toxic. You're surrounded by temptations. Donuts, bagels, leftover pizza or cake. No matter where you go in the office, you'll find something bad for you. And no matter how hard you try to resist, sooner or later you cave. Then there are your coworkers. Most gave up on eating healthy a long time ago. It's hard to eat healthy when everyone around you is doing the opposite. Then there's the time you're actually doing work at your desk. You end up snacking out of simple boredom, not because you're actually hungry. Or worse, you hear your coworkers eating and that makes you want to eat.





I like the kind of work I do. It certainly helps to pay the bills. But I wouldn't mind changing my surroundings or the physical requirements of the job. There are days I envy the person who's constantly walking from client to client, patient to patient, etc. They may be tired by the time they get home and have sore feet, but at least they're moving around. The human body was meant to move. Maybe I need a pedal-powered what the professor used to power the radio on Gilligan's Island.



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People find all kinds of ways to motivate themselves. Some use events, like an upcoming wedding or a race. Others use images, like an athlete or a celeb they're trying to look like. Still others have to be scared into it, like getting an order from their doctor. Those tricks have never worked for me, but I finally discovered what does. Getting results. 2 weeks ago, I committed to getting back in shape and after just 2 weeks, I have more energy, better endurance, I've gained strength, I sleep better, and even my clothes fit better. For the first time in a long time, I'm actually looking forward to working out. In the past, I had to drag myself ouf of bed and force myself to go for my morning run. Now, I'm waking up before the alarm goes off. In the evening, I was anxious just to get home and relax after a long day at work. Now, I'm trying to leave work early so I can get home and start my evening workout sooner. It's a really great feeling to be hooked on exercise. You workout, see your hard work pay off, and so you wanna keep going and see how much more you can improve. I just hope this doesn't turn into an obsession. But it's true what they say. Exercise really is the fountain of youth. I may not feel like I did when I was in high school, but I certainly don't feel like I'm in my 30s. If I feel this good after just 2 weeks, I can't wait to see how I feel this time next year.

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Starting Over...Sort Of

Posted by DennyCrane Aug 19, 2008


I'm starting over...well, not exactly. I've actually been trying to get back into shape for quite a while now, but I haven't been able to stick to a routine. So I'm here looking for motivation and maybe some inspiration. I'm also hoping that by keeping track of my progress and recording it here, I'll stay motivated. I'm not really interested in losing weight or bulking up, but rather on being stronger, having more endurance, and having more energy. If my clothes end up fitting better or I have more muscle tone, that's great. But that's not my primary goal. I'm going to try to keep track of everything so I can see what works, what doesn't and fine tune my routine.



The other day, a friend of mine said she was going to run a 5K for charity. I felt embarrassed because instead of running myself, I took the easy way out and just made a donation. I figured if someone who's had a child can run a 5K, then I have no excuses, especially since I work normal hours, have no kids, and have plenty of exercise equipment at home. So today, I'm committing to getting back on track. I may not be able to recapture my youth or run like I used to, but I can come close.



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This blog is for keeping track of my progress and help keep me motivated.

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