A question about motivation...............

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    Oct 03, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    Last summer (summer of 2009) I did really well, I changed my diet, I stopped drinking cokes, I lost 27 pounds. Once classes began I was able to keep it up, thanksgiving came and I only gained 3 pounds, but then Christmas. I had a month off of school, worked more hours at work, plenty of bad Christmas food, and gained about 10-12 pounds. Over the spring semester it just went downhill.

    I have gained all 27 pounds and then some back. I REALLY want to get back into a shape other than round. I don't consider myself truly fat but I do have a bit of a belly. I have an absolutely horrible work schedule. I have 3 jobs, 1 of which the schedule changes weekly and is mostly nights.

    My question to all of you is how do you motivate yourselves, and keep the motivation to get to the gym and workout???
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    Oct 04, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
    Everytime I eat something I really ask myself if it's going to benefit me or not. Of course I just eat crap sometimes too but I realize I'm gonna have to work harder in the gym if I want to achieve my goals. You've got to set goals and benchmarks so you have achievements that can inspire you to keep going.

    Check out this website too; http://stronglifts.com/. I've found it really helpful and there are some amazing before and afters.
  • Karnage

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    Oct 04, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    The thing that gets me motivated is really getting into a routine. This summer I worked out every day after work, and I was doing great until classes started and my routine fell apart. Being able to commit yourself to the same time every day/week really helps keep you on track.
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    Oct 04, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    I agree with Karnage - routine is key. I'm with the OP, if I get out of my routine, it's freaking hard getting back into it.. I struggle if I skip a week, let alone months, and it's hard if you've really slipped in terms of your goals/strength/etc.

    My suggestions..

    On the food front - keep a food diary. I keep one on my phone, but an exercise book is just as good. Writing down everything you put in keeps you honest, and makes you think twice about your food choices.

    On the how to stay motivated front - it sounds.. I dunno.. cliched.. but I make return visits here to check out the profiles. I find guys who have the same kind of physique I'd like, and then think about those extra inches around my chest/arms/legs/whatever next time I'm tempted to stay in bed and not hit the gym..

    And given your schedule is all over the place, it sounds to me like it might be helpful to do two things:
    1. Set a goal for how many times you want to work out/week. Like, 2x cardio, 2x weights per week, or something. Then don't get hung up on which day you're going to work out, given your schedule is all over the place.. but make sure you hit those goals. If it means doing weight in the morning and cardio in the arvo one day you have more free to catch up, then so be it.
    2. Focus on full body workouts and compound lifts, like the stronglifts stuff that someguy has pointed you at. If your routine and regularity is all over the place its going to be too tricky doing a split routine.

    Hope that helps..!
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    Oct 04, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    thanks guys, some good food for thought.
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    Oct 04, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    cougarguy saidMy question to all of you is how do you motivate yourselves, and keep the motivation to get to the gym and workout???
    I look at the before pics.
  • tmm6497

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    Oct 04, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    If this site isn't motivation, then I don't know what is. I'd do anything to have the body of half these guys on here haha
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    Oct 04, 2010 8:11 AM GMT
    tjmeany saidIf this site isn't motivation, then I don't know what is. I'd do anything to have the body of half these guys on here haha


    All you have to do is flutter your eyelashes and I´m sure half the guys on here would let you have their body icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 04, 2010 9:42 AM GMT
    Lostboy said
    tjmeany saidIf this site isn't motivation, then I don't know what is. I'd do anything to have the body of half these guys on here haha


    All you have to do is flutter your eyelashes and I´m sure half the guys on here would let you have their body icon_rolleyes.gif
    Yeah but which half?
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    Oct 04, 2010 10:01 AM GMT
    tjmeany saidIf this site isn't motivation, then I don't know what is. I'd do anything to have the body of half these guys on here haha


    Agreed! Definitely keeps me motivated, especially seeing guys my age or younger with incredible bodies and makes me feel like a loser for not having put the hard work in!
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    It's really hard for me to find motivation for doing cardio. Weight work comes easy because I'm starting to enjoy the pumped feeling afterward but when it comes to running and anything with cardio I'm dead in the water. I just tell myself...the first mile is the bitch..after that it's easy. It's true too. Maybe it's just me but the first mile is always uphill and every mile after is easy.
  • Ironman4U

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    Oct 06, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    It's simple. You said you don't want to be "round" and you want to get rid of your belly. How important is that to you? When it's important enough (really important enough), you will do what you need to do every day to get there. Your new, hard body will be motivation enough.

    Until then, set small, incremental goals for yourself. Since I compete in triathlons and marathons, I like to use races as a measuring stick to stay focused. But you can use different goals, like losing 5 lbs., working out consistently for a month, or whatever works for you.
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    It's simple. You said you don't want to be "round" and you want to get rid of your belly. How important is that to you? When it's important enough (really important enough), you will do what you need to do every day to get there. Your new, hard body will be motivation enough.

    Until then, set small, incremental goals for yourself. Since I compete in triathlons and marathons, I like to use races as a measuring stick to stay focused. But you can use different goals, like losing 5 lbs., working out consistently for a month, or whatever works for you.
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    Oct 06, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    cougarguy saidMy question to all of you is how do you motivate yourselves, and keep the motivation to get to the gym and workout???
    I look at the before pics.


    +1
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    Oct 10, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    loud angry music or a fight clip from 300 does the trick for me
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    Oct 10, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    You have a lot of responsibilities. I remember when I was in college and trying to work, I was eating the worst ever; something about study and junk food seem to go together and it was hard to shake it.

    But, maybe it is that you are feeling overwhelmed? If you take on too much your body starts to crave fatty foods, and you then feel bad and then you don't want to go work hard at the gym if you feel bad.

    I would encourage you to change the way you currently might think about the gym. In other words, you have to make it be your sanctuary.

    Reset.

    In the beginning, make it as easy as 20 minutes on a treadmill. (or whatever) Don't do too many things or pressure yourself. Just committ to 20-30 minutes of whatever you choose in the gym. Result: you will feel better for having gone and your body will feel better, and your mind will feel the endorphins 100% of the time. But don't make it into a chore, or you will hate it. Just relax when you go to the gym and use it as a form of pleasure and you will be motivated to go.

    It is all about creating reward seeking behavior, in my opinion. If it is merely a responsibility on top of already heavy responsibilities, its days are numbered..

    Hope this helps, good luck to you. You can do it.