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My Nemesis....boredom

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  • Aaron_K123
    Aaron_K123 Posts: 7,122 Member
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    kshama2001 wrote: »
    @Aaron_K123 I know you walk a lot but don't remember where but am pretty sure it's outdoors. I like to do trail maintenance as a change of pace. At my favorite place, it's just me and one other person so there's always plenty to do, especially after a storm. I always bring my little clippers and sometimes the big ones or the bow saw. I've recovered a few overgrown trails which was a lot of fun and gave me a nice sense of accomplishment. As the leaves fall, traces of these hidden lost trails emerge.

    Some other things I do to change up walking:

    1. Make new playlists
    2. Listen to the news
    3. Go to different trails. I have my favorite, but I also have four backup locations when I need a change of pace.

    My reward for voting in the primary this spring was discovering a new (to me) trail head, and after looking it up on the map seeing yet another one across the river.

    Yeah I do a lot of walking and all of it outdoors (Can't imagine how mindnumbing it would be to walk on a treadmill). Joining trail maintenance crews is a good idea.
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,371 Member
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    Honestly... I just make activity a part of my routine. I stopped weight lifting because it bores me to tears, I don't progress (I'm pretty much always on a deficit except for those 10 days before my period), and it's just plain frustrating... I do push ups but that's pretty much it. Instead I just hop on my exercise bike if I'm going to watch some TV (and I watch a lot of shows), go for a walk after lunch when I would otherwise just sit down and not do anything... On week ends I go to the gym but it's to give me a break from my whiny kids too, and I just listen to music and play Solitaire on the treadmill or something... or I go hiking when possible.

    So I don't really have much to get bored of.

    For food, I just plan my meals around what I feel like eating anyway, so I don't get bored of that either.

    I did try a lot of programs while losing and inevitably got bored after a month... so I just decided to do what I know I can stick with.
  • joans1976
    joans1976 Posts: 2,201 Member
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    This may be way out of left field but would you want to volunteer or teach anything regarding fitness?
    I have no idea what kind of person you are (how busy, how patient, where you live) but it seems like you have a lot of knowledge, maybe it would be good to share!
    Or knit tea cozies.
  • JenHuedy
    JenHuedy Posts: 611 Member
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    kshama2001 wrote: »
    @Aaron_K123 I know you walk a lot but don't remember where but am pretty sure it's outdoors. I like to do trail maintenance as a change of pace. At my favorite place, it's just me and one other person so there's always plenty to do, especially after a storm. I always bring my little clippers and sometimes the big ones or the bow saw. I've recovered a few overgrown trails which was a lot of fun and gave me a nice sense of accomplishment. As the leaves fall, traces of these hidden lost trails emerge.

    Some other things I do to change up walking:

    1. Make new playlists
    2. Listen to the news
    3. Go to different trails. I have my favorite, but I also have four backup locations when I need a change of pace.

    My reward for voting in the primary this spring was discovering a new (to me) trail head, and after looking it up on the map seeing yet another one across the river.

    How do you find a trail maintenance group? This sounds right up my alley!
  • nowine4me
    nowine4me Posts: 3,985 Member
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    Or what about shifting your focus to nutrition -- other than calorie counting? like taking healthy cooking classes, or ordering a meal service like Blue Apron that takes an eternity to prepare each night, but where you get to taste all kinds of different foods. For fitness during the cold winter, maybe long and hard hikes. Have you tried Pilates Reformer? Great way to build core strength and focus on flexibility to change things up.
  • Aaron_K123
    Aaron_K123 Posts: 7,122 Member
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    joans1976 wrote: »
    This may be way out of left field but would you want to volunteer or teach anything regarding fitness?
    I have no idea what kind of person you are (how busy, how patient, where you live) but it seems like you have a lot of knowledge, maybe it would be good to share!
    Or knit tea cozies.

    I feel confident enough in what I know to provide advice on an internet forum, but I don't consider myself a proffessional and wouldn't think it right for me to try to sell or even provide for free my "advice" out in the real world. For one thing I think when people seek out a personal trainer they have some expectation of what they would look like, and I don't look like a personal trainer :-).
  • ugofatcat
    ugofatcat Posts: 385 Member
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    I always like to set new fitness goals for myself. First I wanted to be able to do a pull up. Once I was able to do that, now I want to be able to do 5.
    I wanted to be able to squat my own body weight. Once I could do that, I wanted to break 200 pounds. Same with deadlift. Once I maxed out at 225 on the deadlift, I wanted to be able to do 2 reps instead of one.

    I hired a trainer because I wanted to learn how to do snatches and cleans. Now I want to do those exercises at my body weight.

    I watch Parkour videos and want to learn how to do a handstand and human flag. These goals are very challenging and I know I have to keep at it or I will never succeed.

    With the calorie counting, I eat whatever I want, as much as I want, but I log everything, even 20 grams of baby carrots. Do I go over? Yes, all the time. And when I weigh myself, I see that I have gained. So then I get careful and stick to my calories, then weigh myself and it goes down. It's just a battle I will always fight, but if the most I ever gain is 3-5 pounds only to lose it a few days later I am ok with that.
  • Aaron_K123
    Aaron_K123 Posts: 7,122 Member
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    I suppose I should mention that as of now I'm about 167 pounds and about 17% bodyfat. So I'm no longer overweight, right now I'm just getting leaner. One can argue therefore that any extra weight loss I'm doing is for aesthetics and to be that much lighter for hiking or other physical activities and not an immediate health concern.
  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,413 MFP Moderator
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    Have you considered a program like you are your own gym or convict condition? Or is structured not your thing? I know I was a big fan of programs like P90X when I first stated.
  • Aaron_K123
    Aaron_K123 Posts: 7,122 Member
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    psulemon wrote: »
    Have you considered a program like you are your own gym or convict condition? Or is structured not your thing? I know I was a big fan of programs like P90X when I first stated.

    Structure can do it for me, last time I got into shape in 2014 I did one round of P90 followed by one round of P90X and that got me from February to July and my profile pic progress was from that so yeah that worked for me.

    This time around its been less structure, just walking and dabbling.
  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,268 Member
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    kshama2001 wrote: »
    SezxyStef wrote: »
    Aaron_K123 wrote: »

    Maintaining weight I think might be boring...no real goals to hit unless you purposefully make one like run a 5k etc.

    Yeah I absolutely suck at maintaining because of this, since boredom is my nemesis and maintenance has no clear goal or endpoint I quickly get bored with it. Just hoping that if I up my calories to maintenance I might entertain myself with making progress on strength goals.

    you are lucky. I have no interest in lifting too heavy or breaking records or bulking...

    I just want to be me...do some chinups do some pull ups etc...

    I already did the 5k not interested in 10ks...

    *sighs* book marked this so I can see what others do as well...other than my hobbies like gardening I am at a loss too.

    More gardening then! I'm moving and was busy all weekend moving plants and making a new bed for shade plants. I'm exhausted and my back hurts.

    I'm in Massachusetts and while there is certainly less to do this time of year, there's still raking leaves to mulch garden, dividing those types of perennials that like to have this be done in the fall, giving away plants that spread too much on freecycle, collect morning glory seeds, prep beds for the spring, etc.

    Yes I am planning on planting some more flowers...aka tulips and getting my garlic in.
    If I can find time on a weekend I will get that done...I have been doing the canning and jams etc from the garden and now that it's finally done I might have time to get some stuff moved aka raspberries etc...

    I might try Yoga...and convict conditioning...and I found an app for the treadmill...

    we will see what winter brings...maybe some snow shoeing...skiing...sledding etc...
  • Aaron_K123
    Aaron_K123 Posts: 7,122 Member
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    I don't find entertainment in weight loss. To me that is in the same category as paying the bills and doing laundry. If I want to have heat, lights, water and a car I pay my bills. If I want clean clothes I do laundry. They aren't fun but I still do them. They are just part of life. If I want to be not fat, I have to pay attention to CICO.

    I do find entertainment in my life which I happen to have created around a lot of physical activity.
    A job that has me walking 14k steps or more a day
    A hobby of riding horses, going for walks and hikes, visiting zoos parks and museums in my area.

    And a dojo membership where I am a serious student in the martial art, Aikido. I go to every class and train as hard as I am able on the day.

    My life burns a lot of calories. But the only way to get my weight down is to sit down on MFP every day and balance my caloric bank account.

    All good points, thank you. Perhaps it is rather foolish of me to want or expect enertainment from something like health or fitness. I like the balancing your checkbook analogy, unfortunately for me I'm a dork who gets entertainment from spreadsheets so the analogy kind of falls on its face there :-)
  • Alidecker
    Alidecker Posts: 1,262 Member
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    Aaron_K123 wrote: »
    I don't find entertainment in weight loss. To me that is in the same category as paying the bills and doing laundry. If I want to have heat, lights, water and a car I pay my bills. If I want clean clothes I do laundry. They aren't fun but I still do them. They are just part of life. If I want to be not fat, I have to pay attention to CICO.

    I do find entertainment in my life which I happen to have created around a lot of physical activity.
    A job that has me walking 14k steps or more a day
    A hobby of riding horses, going for walks and hikes, visiting zoos parks and museums in my area.

    And a dojo membership where I am a serious student in the martial art, Aikido. I go to every class and train as hard as I am able on the day.

    My life burns a lot of calories. But the only way to get my weight down is to sit down on MFP every day and balance my caloric bank account.

    All good points, thank you. Perhaps it is rather foolish of me to want or expect enertainment from something like health or fitness. I like the balancing your checkbook analogy, unfortunately for me I'm a dork who gets entertainment from spreadsheets so the analogy kind of falls on its face there :-)

    Make a spreadsheet for your workouts and PR's :)
  • elisa123gal
    elisa123gal Posts: 4,306 Member
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    When my daughter was little she looked at me and said.. "you always go through phases..." I was offended at first..and now I laugh at how right she was/is. I too get bored..always need something new to motivate me.

    At least you realize you have this problem with boredom. So..now make a plan.. shake things up.. I have a plane fitness gym pass... a path around a lake I can walk.. weights at home.. different plans to do different things because i get bored with a routine. I do it with my food too. Eat the same things for two three weeks.. then totally change it because i get bored. (skinny taste.com)

    Don't let getting "bored" be an excuse to be unfit and overweight. That is what you need to be ultimately bored with. You can do it. shake it up girl! :)
  • peleroja
    peleroja Posts: 3,979 Member
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    You might benefit from short-term "project" fitness stuff, like a 12-week running program or even a video thing like 30 Day Shred or a strength program with a defined duration.

    I have a similar problem in that I have trouble just plugging away at the same thing all the time, but if I give myself something that has a specific timeline and end date I do a lot better. I mainly run so whenever I catch myself getting kind of lazy about it, I put myself on a program for a few weeks so I feel like I have some purpose. I also find it a lot easier to commit to, say, a month of listening to Jillian Michaels' pep talks than to just go muck around at the gym five days a week forever. Having a short-term goal is tremendously beneficial to me for some reason - maybe I'm like the kids in that famous marshmallow study and I can't rely on my abstract thinking to understand the value of a future payoff in exchange for some impulse control now? No executive thinking over here I guess :lol: