Getting up and going

  • sinxcosx13

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    Mar 28, 2008 10:59 AM GMT
    Today, March 28, I got up early 4:30am to head out to the gym as part of my usual routine. I get there but can't get out my car - too tired. I force myself out of the car, head down to the locker room and get ready. I realized I left both my logbook and ipod out in my car. That was a good enough excuse for me to head back home.

    First of all, I know that should have stuck around and made it through. Motivation is not issue - working out is a big deal for me. (I promise I will work out this evening). This is my question: What do you guys do when you just can't get up and running?

    Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Mar 28, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    Wow... I don't think I've ever gotten all the way to the gym and opted totally out like that. I might decide it's a light workout day at that point but not go home.

    I have had days however that I did not make it to the gym because I was physically exhausted and never made it to the car. Don't beat yourself up if this happens once in a while, just get back there the next day. These incidents are now far and few between for me mostly because I have a fear of what will happen if I don't go. I focus on my family and how heavy all of them have gotten. I focus on the one time in my life I gained 20 pounds too much and felt like crap.

    My motivation is more fear based than reward based. Though I like what working out does for me, I am really afraid of not working out and becoming a complete mess. Not just physically but also emotionally. I definitely don't feel well when I don't work out and I have no energy to enjoy life.

    Now I realize I must think of my workout the same way I think of eating, bathing and breathing. It's an essential component to my life not an extra activity during the day like playing soccer or going to dinner.

    Good luck keeping up with the routine.


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    Mar 28, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    If I'm that tired, I HAVE to stay in bed!

    4:30? Damn.. That's early dude. I just started about a month ago working out at 6:30 AM, and thought I would die. I've actually started to enjoy it now, though, so I kind of look forward to it. If I wake up and just feel too tired to go, I stay in and try to go in the afternoon, but it just doesn't feel right if I don't go in the mornings.

    HOWEVER, had I driven to the gym at 4:30 and actually went in, I would have done something. Even if it was just 10 minutes on the treadmill to see if I would wake up.

    I will say that I have walked into the gym and left immediately because there were so many people there. Now THAT, I hate. (That's the primary reason for going early... it's only old people there!)

    (Quick story there. Two days ago I went to the gym and looked at the Lat machine next to me, and there sat the CUTEST, TINIEST little old woman with an OXYGEN TANK and TUBES in nose! She was about the cutest little thing I've seen, and was probably somewhere about 75-80 years old with a little white round ball of hair. She looked like she should be making cookies, not sitting at the lat pull down machine. I thought, if SHE can do this, I sure as hell can! She was lifting those 10 pounds like her life depended on it. Well, come to think of it, perhaps it did.)

    Good for you for busting your ass that early in the morning, though. You must be dedicated, to say the least.
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    Mar 28, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    I have come to accept and realize that there are times when things happen because it's your body telling you NO for some reason; whether because it needs the rest that day, or because you're mentally/emotionally not there that day or what have you. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Just don't beat yourself up about it, it's JUST one of those days....
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    Mar 28, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    Sometimes a good song is all you need to wake your ass up. Also, try reminding yourself why you're there in the first place (health, beauty, fitness, etc.) and that while, yes, you may be tired you will definately have time to rest when you die. The point is, just get into it if you can and realize that not every workout is going to get the gold star.

    (All that said, if you're truly not feeling it and your body is saying "Bitch you've got me fucked up", get some more rest. After all, your body will tell you what it needs if you can listen to it.)
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    Mar 28, 2008 4:12 PM GMT
    a1972guy saidI have come to accept and realize that there are times when things happen because it's your body telling you NO for some reason; whether because it needs the rest that day, or because you're mentally/emotionally not there that day or what have you. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Just don't beat yourself up about it, it's JUST one of those days....


    I agree with this 100%. If this is something that happens on a regular basis then you might want to look a bit deeper into why (maybe such an early gym time isn't right for you, etc.). If you're SO exhausted that you can barely get out of the car then you need rest.
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    Mar 28, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    A high fiber diet and an enema, especially a coffee enema work wonders for me. It gets rid of those toxins that slow me down.

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    Mar 28, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    I usually workout during the noon hour, but recently went about about 5 AM before heading to work. I was having the worst time getting going IN the gym. I just felt like I had no energy. I realized that the noon hour was a much better option for me. If I were trying to do it early in the morning every day, I'd probably have given up by now!
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    Mar 28, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    John43620 saidA high fiber diet and an enema, especially a coffee enema work wonders for me. It gets rid of those toxins that slow me down.



    I have read a lot about the coffee enemas and it intrigues me. It is my understanding that when you take coffee via an enema, the caffeine is not processed by the body in the same way as it would be if it were consumed orally. The caffeine hits the bloodstream immediately and causes the liver to expel toxins RAPIDLY via the digestive system to be "disposed of".

    I've never tried it, but have been curious. Could you give a little more feedback about your experiences? How do you prepare it? Most books I've read say to boil the ground beans and then strain the liquid. LET IT COOL FIRST icon_eek.gif

    incidentally, I have a friend who attended college in the early 80's and he said it was fashionable to do alcohol enemas to get drunk. Like the coffee, the alcohol hits the bloodstream directly and makes you crrr-azy. Can't speak for it myself. Just an interesting observation.
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    Mar 28, 2008 6:17 PM GMT
    Morning workouts suck for me and I have found that I need at least two meals in me before a workout. I am in no way shape or form a "Morning Person" so that may be why LOL.
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    Mar 28, 2008 6:35 PM GMT
    I with Chizzad. Ive tried working out in the morning and I just cant do it. I need my food/energy. I get a killer workout in during the late afternoon/early evenings. Helps me sleep better too.
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    Mar 28, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    I too tried working out early in the mornings before showering and heading to my office and I just wasn't on top of my game. I can run in the mornings just fine - but weights - no. So I work out at night and that works great for me. I also swim at night.

    On days when I can't get motivated......well, it doesn't happen very much - but when it does, I just hit the floor in the gym and do all my warm up stretches and crunches - by the time I'm warmed up, I'm ready to workout. Just remind yourself how glad you always are that you got your workout in and didn't flake off that day.
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    Mar 28, 2008 6:47 PM GMT
    Chizzad saidMorning workouts suck for me and I have found that I need at least two meals in me before a workout. I am in no way shape or form a "Morning Person" so that may be why LOL.


    Makes two of us. I wish I was a morning person, but I'm not and not many members of my family are. Hey I wonder if it's genetic? icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 28, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    I am usually awake by 5:30 AM (damn insomnia) so a morning workout works for me. I must admit I have had trouble motivating myself ever since I recovered from my last bit of illness. But after 5 minutes on the treadmill the endorphins have kicked in and I am off to the races.

    As for coffee enemas, well maybe they work, but I love the taste of coffee and I don't have any taste buds in my bum!
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Mar 28, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    sinxcosx13, you never mentioned what time you go to bed (regularly, I mean).

    BTW, 4:30 am is extraordinarily early. That means Lunch time would be like 10 am, Suppertime would be about 3 pm, and bedtime should be about 8:30 or 9 pm. Does this look like your schedule?

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    Mar 28, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    My BF and I get up at 5:30 am to do our workouts. I HATE waiting for anything at the gym, and even at this time, it's still busy, but not too bad.

    But it's hard if you didn't sleep well the night before, or you're just genuinely tired. We actually took last week off. icon_eek.gif Guess what happened. I came back stronger and lifting heavier than my last completed workout. That week break was just what my body needed, and I didn't even realize it.
  • sinxcosx13

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    Mar 28, 2008 9:44 PM GMT
    Yeah i dont keep a normal schedule ...typically on MWF its a 4:30 wake-up. By the time i hit the gym its more like 5:15 or so and go through my weight training excercises. T and R I do cardio in the afternoon so i sleep in. Bedtime is like 10 or 11. Lunch is 1. Supper 7.
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    Mar 29, 2008 12:01 AM GMT

    No, you should not have toughed it out. You were tired. If this happened to me, i'd stop and think: what have I added to my routine that could be the cause of this tiredness? Have I been getting enough rest, have I been feeling depressed,or is their another possible reason for this?
    You're a person not a machine and your life has to incase more than just your fitness routine.
    Mostly, when I feel tired and I determine it isn't because of lack of sleep or just the downright blues: I eat, something really chewy and robust like a huge steak and eggs or a hero sandwich with pickles and the whole works on it.
    Not to forget, your body the machine has been turned on by what you do in the gym and you gotta feed it.

    This morning, if it had been me. I'd have driven directly to Denny's and ordered the Super Fantastic and had I determined it were the blues, MAKE OVER DAY: a new hair cut, out fit and a new toy. Treat yourself, you deserve it!
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    Mar 29, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    I listen to my body. If I feel un-motivated for the day, I stop. I try to do another routine or at least do some cardio, threadmill or bike. If it still didn't kept my interest up. I totally pack-up and go home. But I make a mental note that I have to make-up for it the next time.

    Besides, the last time I forced myself to do my routine even if I really felt unmotivated. I end up hurting myself because my mind was totally out of what I was doing.

    So if once a month you feel just heading back home instead of working out, I dont think theres anything wrong with that. But keep that in mind and make-up for it the next time.
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    Mar 29, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    Also remember that there is a difference between lack of motivation and being worn out. Sometimes your body is telling you that you need time off to rest. If I am ever feeling that I cant go on then I do not try to talk myself into it because the times I have my workout usually sucks and a hlaf ass workout is no good in my opinion. There have been times that I have started a workout only to realize I need a break so I hit the Sauna for some relaxation then take the next few days off to chill and eat well. It is called downtime and the older you get the more of that you need.
  • Artesin

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    Mar 29, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    I just take the day off and take the dog for a long ass session of fetch lol. More relaxing to sit outside on days like that rather than bursting a blood vessel pushing weight lol.
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    Mar 30, 2008 12:37 AM GMT
    Once I get myself in the routine of going in the mornings it's all good but getting that initial motivation is a bitch. I like looking through other guys profiles on here for some inspiration. I also know how much better my day is going to go if I get up for that early morning cardio session. Both are inspirational to me.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 30, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    sometimes just getting to the gym is 75% of the battle for me
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    Mar 30, 2008 3:34 AM GMT
    I have formed an agreement with myself for just such instances. To make sure the body is tired and not just the mind being lazy, I make myself go. Once I get there, I do the warm up and make an effort on the lifts. If the lifts are not going well - I have less strength or I am easily fatigued, its my body saying hey asshole give me a break I am a man not a machine. In this case I pack it up and go.

    In the one case where I didn't do that, I blew a lift bad, and it is only by luck that I didn't seriously hurt myself -blow a shoulder/rip a peck - one of those six month involuntary vacations. And I of all people should know better. But its a fine line between demanding performance and listening to your body. Go and try at least to make sure you aren't wussing out, and at that point if you aren't able to perform or aren't performing like you should then listen to what your body is telling you , don't risk the long term for one day, then feel free to pack it up and take a day off thats been well earned.

    Frequent serious exhaustion can be a sign of over-training. Even more so if there is insomnia involved. It's important to know your training limits and natural recovery ability. As a lot of the guys said to you have to find the time that works best for you, but make sure you aren't overdoing it day after day without rest days.


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    Mar 30, 2008 7:00 AM GMT
    This has all been very helpful and encouraging.

    Wow...4h30 and then going home. If I can get myself out the door and in the gym I can usually make a go of it. Some days are better than others. When it is easy I am thrilled and push myself. When it is a labour then I do my best and a little more and feel good for the doing it. What weighs heavy on me is thinking there will be too many people, the stress of getting the equipment or machine I need. Also this WEHO 24hr club is a disaster. But I can walk to it and that is half the battle.

    I am not a morning person myself but keep dreaming of getting to the gym by 9h. Mostly it is 11-12. In Europe the theory is that more fat is burned and quicker in the morning.

    This enema trip sounds interesting and perhaps an extra treat for bottoms. Usually I am up for anything especially if it is healthy or will help my workout.....BUT For me the idea of anything back there in my ass other than a tongue is a horror film. It is not a pleasure point for meicon_sad.gif