I've never been a fan of working out. I've been rail thin. I've been morbidly obese. Never liked it no matter the weight I've carried. Its it's like pulling teeth. I have friends who say they love to exercise, they love to run, what a great rush and feeling they get from a hard workout. This is foreign to me.

Sure watching the weight drop off is a great motivator to get out there and do it. I don't enjoy it, I don't get a good feeling from it. In fact, I feel disgusting and sore afterward. It's not pleasurable and I count the seconds and miles until it's over. There's no endorphin rush, there's no runners high.

Why do I do it? Why partake in something that makes me miserable?

After years of neglect and medical issues stemming from the neglect and misuse of my body, I had children. I was severely out of shape. I needed to get back into shape not only to keep up with my kids, but because you only get one body and one shot at life. Once you blow that, it's over, no more. I want to be around to see my kids grow up. I want to watch them have babies and continue the circle of life. I want to be around to see them grow into the amazing adults I know they will become.

You see, without exercise and reversing the effects of poor care I've taken of myself, I will probably die a few decades prematurely. I don't do it for the way I look, I don't do it due to societal pressure, I do it to improve my chances of living longer. The side effects of weight loss and improved stamina certainly are perks, but they are not factors in my decision to get out there and get it over with.

Believe me, I doubt you will EVER find someone who hates exercising more than I do. If I can find something to motivate me, then you can too, anyone can. If you binged on chocolate cake and laid around when you had time to go move your ass last week... So what? Tomorrow is always a new day, and last week (and that cake) were temporary setbacks due to moments of weakness. Everyone has moments of weakness and no one is perfect.

Find your source of motivation... Get your ass out there. It sucks, but don't let that blow your chances of prolonging the one life you do have.

PS It only gets easier, I promise.