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Stages of Change-Physical Activity- Michelle Howard 1. For how long have you maintained your daily (or near daily) 30 minutes (or more) of physical activity?
I have always been physically active, I have never been one to sit around and watch television or play on the computer. I have to be up doing something, whether it is cleaning or outside working in the yard or with the horses. So I have been this way basically since I could walk and I’m 42 years old. 2. What are the top two reasons that make you want to continue?
I have children and I have never wanted them to see their mother not be able to participate in their life. I also use the health conditions that plague my father’s side of the family; I see how they struggle with their weight and diabetes that I do not want to be a part of that. 3. Have you been tempted to stop? If so, what tempted you?
I don’t think I have ever been tempted not to be active. 4. How confident are you that you can resist temptation to stop being physically active?
I am pretty adamant about staying healthy, I have worked for many doctors and I have seen firsthand the causes and outcomes of one being lazy and unproductive in trying to take an active stand on being healthy. And I have also lost loved ones to health diseases because they chose not to try and live healthy, I don’t want my children to lose their mother before her time. 5. How do you convince yourself to continue when you are tempted to stop or skip a day? (What strategies do you use?)
I look at my daughter and remind myself that I get up for her every day and if I’m not around or sick and unable to care for her then who does she have to take care of her. My strategy is basically self-guilt, it really works great. 6. Can you prevent temptations from occurring? If so, how?
No one can prevent temptations from occurring that is life, so I just try and…...

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