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    Nov 30, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    Hey guys. Just a question about how you keep yourselves accountable working out, eating right, and that kind of thing. Lately, I've been plateauing at the gym, and occasionally find that I'll sometimes cheat more than the once per week I allow myself.

    What do you do to keep yourself on point?
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    Nov 30, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    MDCK99 saidHey guys. Just a question about how you keep yourselves accountable working out, eating right, and that kind of thing. Lately, I've been plateauing at the gym, and occasionally find that I'll sometimes cheat more than the once per week I allow myself.

    What do you do to keep yourself on point?


    I just keep thinking about how crappy I felt the last time I strayed to far off the path.

    The eating right seems to be easier for me. I am conscious of what I put in my mouth and whether it is a good choice or a poor one.

    The working out thing is harder for me to keep under control. It's easy to "miss" and not think about it.
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    Nov 30, 2010 5:30 AM GMT
    MDCK99 saidHey guys. Just a question about how you keep yourselves accountable working out, eating right, and that kind of thing. Lately, I've been plateauing at the gym, and occasionally find that I'll sometimes cheat more than the once per week I allow myself.

    What do you do to keep yourself on point?


    One way I did it before though we kind of disbanded after which time I gained 5 bad pounds, was a group of us tracked our workouts online in docs.google.com. The requirement was that we each had to work out a minimum of 4x a week, and a minimum of 15 minutes each time (the idea was that if we did 15 minutes, we would probably do the whole workout), unless we were sick.

    This was done on the honor system but the rule was you had to record the workout out including the stuff you did within 24 hours or else it would be as if you didn't go at all. For each workout missed, there was a $20 penalty that was to go into the pot which would eventually be spent on a group dinner periodically. So theoretically it could cost up to $80 / week if you didn't go or record.

    Over time, we changed a few of the rules such that on vacation weeks we just had to work out a minimum of 2 times during that week. Also we allowed that if you did miss a minimum of one, you could earn back up to $20 lost in the following week by working out two times more than the required 4 ($10 each time). e.g. work out 6 times a week you didn't pay a penalty + you could apply $20.

    Basically I couldn't afford not to work out during this period which lasted about 8 months. I think we're probably going to start it up again in the next few weeks - especially over the holidays.
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    Nov 30, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    Certainly atypical, but I question my motivation.

    There is a huge range between doing the minimum to stay healthy and fit, and working out as much as your body can handle on the long run.

    When I see that I am losing focus, I question myself, and try to see if what I do is really what I want to do.

    If it's not, well, I train less, or stop training. There is a lot of things to do with your time, and priorities don't have to be the same all the time.

    It's not about accountability, it's about personal integrity, making choices, and accepting to pay the price for your choice.

    I have been training for 38 years, and a competitive athlete for 30 years, so I know a bit about long term motivation.

    I pledged myself, very long ago, to do sport because I enjoy it, and never out of duty/guilt.

    If you are ok with your current body, just manage to keep it.
    If you want more result, just remember the pride you feel when you make effort and sacrifices and see the result over time, knowing it's all due to your determination and assiduity.
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    Nov 30, 2010 8:14 AM GMT
    One way I did it before though we kind of disbanded after which time I gained 5 bad pounds, was a group of us tracked our workouts online in docs.google.com. The requirement was that we each had to work out a minimum of 4x a week, and a minimum of 15 minutes each time (the idea was that if we did 15 minutes, we would probably do the whole workout), unless we were sick.
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    Nov 30, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    I model nude on the side. I'll typically schedule a photoshoot a month or two in advance. With a nude shoot on the horizon, it keeps you VERY motivated not to cheat.
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    Dec 01, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    I do something I look forward to do when I'm done or while I'm doing the exercise. I keep my ipod in my locker at the gym, and only listen to it when I'm there. I have a book I read only at the gym while doing cardio. I make sure it's a good and suspenseful one. I reward myself by going into the steam room when I'm done. Little stuff that I look forward to, that supports working out.
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    Dec 01, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    Stand naked in front of the mirror and repeat to yourself 50 times:

    You look like shit
    You look like shit
    You look like shit
    ...and so on...
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    Dec 01, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    MDCK99 said Lately, I've been plateauing at the gym



    I know, like me, you are type 1 diabetic. So when you say you are plateauing, do you mean you are no longer putting on muscle weight? How have your blood glucose readings been? All of us type 1 diabetics know the difficulty of maintaining and gaining weight when it is not in control. So I hope keeping that control is not where you are cheating. I know keeping on weight for me has been a struggle since I was kid with diabetes.
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    Dec 01, 2010 12:53 PM GMT
    Heartrobb - the "cheats" don't usually occur to treat a hypo attack (although, there have been a couple times where I was over by 500 or so calories because my levels dropped and did my usual peanut butter and toast with OJ fix); the cheating usually happens when I'm with friends or coworkers, and we all go out for a bite after work, or a get together.

    But plateauing is just what you mentioned - not being able to put on muscle mass. I've been stagnant around the 190 mark for six months, and can't seem to lose any fat or gain any muscle.
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    Dec 02, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    Personally, I think will power is overrated.

    I just stop thinking about it and start doing it. It's that easy.

    If you want to stop smoking, don't touch a cigarette.
    If you want to get in shape, don't debate going to the gym, just do it.
    If you want to lose weight, don't eat foods that taste good.

    I guess that doesn't work for everyone, but to me, debating whether or not I should do something when the answer is obvious is a waste of my time.

    Edit: That philosophy doesn't really work so well with lifting as it's led to a few too many injuries. It's a bad idea to ignore your body when it says hell no.