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Start and Stop

8 years ago I discovered that I had gained over 40lbs. Yep. Just like that. It was a observation. It was more like one big "UH OH" moment. Prior to that, I was blaming my clothes fitting tighter on the dryers at the laundromat. So how, I got the mojo to take off the weight - the right way. I got up at 5:30 am, exercised 5 - 6 days a week, reduced my beer consumption ad started eating well. I don't know how long it took to slim down, all I know was I had done it. I dropped 45 lbs and all was well.
3 years later life changed and lifestyles changed. No, I didn't get married and have a bunch of babies but my career shifted and my me-time shrank. Stress, people everything changed. At the time, I was fine. Every week when I didn't get a full workout in, I would make more excuses and tell myself I was fine because i was in good shape. I could miss a day or two or three. Until suddenly, I wasn't working out at all anymore. It was around 2008 where I had pretty much gained all the weight back and then some.
Now I'm in my 30s, work is way more serious. What do I do? I tried remembering my motivtion behind working out the first time. And for 3 weeks it all worked out but there always seem to be something waiting in the wing to sabotage me. I go 3 weeks, stop. Startup again a month later. Stop. It seems I can't get the mojo back and now that I'm in my mid 30s the weight isn't coming off so easily. The desire is there mental discipline has eluded me. fortunately I don't eat fast food nor do I crave it. I try to keep my veggie/fruit balance in check and I do my best to keep happy hours to a minimum of once a week.
So the real problem is moving. And I must do it in the morning, otherwise, it just won't happen. Besides going to sleep sooner, how do I get the motivation to get up and get moving again? I gotta get that rhythm and keep it this time rather than let it peter out after a few weeks. I keep saying "next week I'll start". I have to just start. Easier said than done.

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