I've been doing my best to exercise daily, which ends up being 3-4 times per week.
My short term goal is to lose 12 lbs.
My long term goal is to lose 20 lbs., but I'm not sure that's realistic.
I've been able to maintain this schedule for about 3 weeks. Hopefully I can hit my goal of 5/week.
My current workout routine is an hour of cardio exercise or an exercise class, such as body sculpting plus x minutes of cardio to round out an even hour. Most cardio is usually on eliptical, cross and arc trainers.
I'm not fat, but I do need to lose weight. I'm one of those people who tend to aggregate weight in their face and neck very quickly - I need to stop it before it becomes a problem.
Next week I'll start lifting weights again - probably keep it limited to dumbells so I can exercise at home if needed. Will probably hire a trainer to help build a routine that won't wreck my back / etc....
What motivates me to improve my condition are the following thoughts:
1. better shape = more energy
2. better shape improves self-confidence
3. better shape lowers insurance premiums
4. better shape reduces medical costs
5. better shape, you look more handsome (I look great when I'm in shape) - being handsome benefits your everyday interaction with other people: they are more cooperative, more helpful and more friendly. It's odd and violates most of our ideals, but, put bluntly, it's true.
As I'll be interviewing for new jobs, I expect it will help with the interview process. At least hopefully.
I'd like to commend Maggie at Caustic Musings, she has doggedly pursued exercise with phenominal success. Go Maggie!!
I'd also like to recommend Steve's post at My Personal Finance Blog - he's right on the money and probably in a similar situation - I just hope he needs to lose less weight than I do!
Have a wonderful day,