Walking briskly on the treadmill at the gym, I am trying hard to avoid looking at the bank of televisions above me. I hate them. After checking my email and  Twitter I consider listening to music. Ultimately I try to concentrate on the ball of my foot hitting the belt on the machine. exercise-log-sheet-exercise-log-sheet-track-pictures-947x947When I’m finished and on the way home I reflect on how much better I feel and marvel at how difficult it is to get myself to walk a minimum of 30 minutes five times a week. This is the “magic pill” my patients see on my whiteboards in the exam rooms. So if it is so difficult to motivate myself, why do I have the chutzpah to try to motivate other people?!


I don’t know the answer to that question. But like my patients, all I can do is get up the next morning and try to do it right today.

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3 thoughts on “Motivation

  1. Dr.Kathy Nieder,I read much about you must wonder why I didn’t mention the site because to the people I talk to know me by as anymous.I would just like to say,I would love to have you has my Doctor,I feel you have a great understanding of patient&Dr, relationships.I would love to have that connection with my Dr.on the intellectual&emotional level.I feel you would then have trust with your Dr.&really be able to talk about your disease or any aother problems.For knowledge is power& you took the imposiable&turned it into the possiable..Hope many Drs. learn about you,for you give great knowledge for all to learn!God Bless You Dr. Kathy Nieder,hopefully you have opened up abetter relationships for patient& Drs.I wish you only the best! Dale

  2. I had to laugh at your description of the “dread mill”. One day, while on mine, I realized engaging my feet was not sufficient. I needed to engage my brain and all its connected senses. I took my feet off the mill and to places my eyes wanted to see, my brain enjoyed thinking about, my nose was happy to smell and my body felt good in. For me that has been nature. I don’t make excuses about doing what I look forward to doing. I think that getting healthy is boring, and getting happy is what all of us want. Being healthy can help us be happier, but being happy will also make us healthier. I decided that for me, the two had to go hand in hand. Now my challenge is, how can I work towards a health goal, while making my self feel good. It’s a fun challenge!

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