My name is Linda and I do have problems to motivate myself for fitness. I'd like to eat healthy though, but that's not everything to live healthy. I know that I need to exercise, but hey I can't get my ass of the couch most of the time, so I hope I get some ideas and incentives at this forum. I hope I am not the only one still struggeling with her body ^^
I was simply jealous of a girl. She was one of THOSE girls. Pretty, smart, sporty. Perfect. She also aways turned up in sports gear which always, of course, looked amazing. Turns out, she ran a half marathon one weekend and I knew I had to be able to run one too!
First thing I did was went and spent a ridiculous amount of money on sports clothes so I would feel really guilty for not using them.
Then I went to the local Library. I live in a city so found a zillion fitness dvds (some great, some... not so great, but all of them are free!). I started out with yoga and pilates because I very unfit. I did these in the morning, so I learnt what they were doing and get into a little bit of a habit. If anything has Michelle Dean as the instructor, get it. She's really fun. You Tube her in Oz Style.
Once I learnt some of the moves I did them in ad breaks and got blow up ball. When you buy the ball you normally get a little DVD that has some starting exercises which actually make you pretty sore the next day. The day after is always great. That's when you get to moan, walk like an invalid and tell people you're really sore from a workout you did. Then you can pretend THEY are jealous of YOU for being one of those fit people wh get out there are DO something insted of simily saying you want to. I know it's shallow and silly, but that is my main motivational strategy.
By now I felt I was a little healthier so went out on walks around the block the changed it to slow jog (I mean REALLY slow, almost walking pace). It feels amazing when you can tell yourself, and others, that you ran around block. Then you just get faster and faster.
I always told my partner my main goal (ie, "by the end of this term i'm going to be able to run the 2km around the block") and my mini goals (ie, "i'm going to see how far I can run today"). It's always a good idea to tell your partner a little white lie (ei, "I don't know how far i'll get because I have a sore leg/was feeling ill earier") that way when you feel you didn't go so well, you can blame it on your ailment. When you share your goals with someone else, or even if you write in a journal or something, it feels great when you can celebrate you mini and main goals.
Those were some of the things I did, and recommend.
Good luck with everything, I hope you do what you want to do.
If you have any questions feel free to ask