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1. Morning Workouts: I know, this really sucks and I never thought I would have been able to pull this one off but I have done it a few times and am working on making it my regular thing. It helps me to read other blogs of people like me who are getting up at 5 am to exercise like Nadine and Meg, I've asked friends to text me when they wake up for their morning workouts (thanks, Elizabeth!) so I'll feel like a total a-hole if I decide to go back to sleep, and I even pull up Instagram inspiration as I'm trying to pull myself out of bed. Anything.
2. Plan Your Week: My Type A self really doesn't mind this one. I have to workout 5 days per week so this might mean working out on Saturday morning before brunch or Sunday after church, plus three more days during the week. I deserve a reward for surviving Wednesdays so happy hour is necessary then, and Fridays are impossible to turn down, so if I'm not going to wake myself up at 5 a.m. then I'm going to stick to my plan.
3. Accountabilibuddies: I don't like working out with other people but I DO love challenges. Signing up for a challenge together or agreeing on a workout plan ("and then we'll get drinks outside afterwards!") is great motivation, and it keeps it social so I don't feel like I'm missing out as much while everyone else is out boozing.
I know I'm not alone in this because a million ecards exist on the topic:
Tell me: what do you do to stay motivated to exercise when there is so much fun stuff to do instead??