Friday, August 15, 2008


Question: Do y'all do better with your diets and exercise alone, or with a partner (be it your spouse, best friend, or Weight Watchers meeting cohorts)?

I've been alone in Oxford (Mississippi, not the cool one in England) for a little over a week now, and I can't decide if I'm doing better or not. I cook healthier foods, and I have the luxury of cooking vegetarian meals now that will actually get eaten (Dustin has a toddler-like disdain for most vegetables). On the other hand, I've been considerably less active without him. Dustin was my fitness partner--we got each other to go to they gym, we took walks together, and when we were living together, we both tended to be more active with the other person there. Unfortunately, he's still in Augusta, finishing up his degree (16 months and counting!), and we've both noticed that neither of us are ready to get off our rear ends and go to the gym without the other one to go with us.

There's supposed to be a park close to my house (I haven't found it yet), but I'm reticent to go by myself. I don't know anyone in this city yet, and if I were to go missing, no one would notice. And also, I'm used to working out with a partner. It's hard for me to get motivated without someone there, sweating up a storm with me. (Excuses? Maybe. But I'm sticking with them, for now.)

So what do you guys do when you're alone and need motivation to be healthy?


Crystal said...

Unfortunately, I'm the opposite. I usually always work out alone since my b.f. and I do such different exercises. I can imagine it would be tough not to have your partner, especially when you are used to it.

Try to take it one day at a time. Is there a gym at your school to work out in?

Kathleen said...

I find that I have to adopt a "Nike" mindset...yeah, "Just do it." And you know, soon enough, you'll meet new people. I know it's easier said than done, but it will happen.

Anonymous said...

I used to always rely on my hubs to get me moving, but somehow that would always fizzle out.

Like Kathleen says, you gotta "just do it", nothing easy about it. Just load you MP3 with "getcha movin'" tunes and get moving! =)

Another thing you might want to try is classes. I have fallen in love with the aerobic classes in my gym! Keeps things interesting! Maybe even check out your city's, to see if there are workout groups or classes you might want to join.

Good Luck! =)