I know it's been discussed plenty but looking for new opinions etc...Motivation

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    Feb 01, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    I have pictures of the type of body I want, I have pictures of the type of body I don't want. I really want to get back in shape, so far I have lost 9 pounds but reducing drinking cokes to 1 a day.

    I'm happy I lost the few pounds I have lost but it is so hard to get motivation to go to the gym. How do you all get and stay motivated?
  • TrentGrad

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    Feb 01, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    cougarguy saidI have pictures of the type of body I want, I have pictures of the type of body I don't want. I really want to get back in shape, so far I have lost 9 pounds but reducing drinking cokes to 1 a day.

    I'm happy I lost the few pounds I have lost but it is so hard to get motivation to go to the gym. How do you all get and stay motivated?


    Good job on cutting down on the coke...and congrats on the weight loss.

    Can't offer too many tips on staying motivated to going to the gym as my interest in going comes and goes. However what has worked for me in the past has been keeping detailed records, and journaling on a regular basis. But this may just be the way I'm wired.

    It's easier I think to participate in a sport that you love...or if you find a workout buddy that you enjoy hanging out with!
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    Feb 01, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    Find a really inspiring quote and make it your motto to live by. Hang it on your bedroom wall, the inside of your front door, on your refrigerator, and above your TV.

    The ones I keep in my head are:

    "Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit" - Aristotle

    "You can have results or you can have excuses, not both"
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    Feb 01, 2011 7:33 AM GMT
    Another great idea.. get a workout buddy. Don't even need a gym...he can be a running buddy, pushup pullup challenge at home.

    The important thing is to not give up on the types of exercises you try. They all can work if you work em.

    Good luck
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    Feb 01, 2011 8:00 AM GMT
    cougarguy saidI have pictures of the type of body I want, I have pictures of the type of body I don't want. I really want to get back in shape, so far I have lost 9 pounds but reducing drinking cokes to 1 a day.

    I'm happy I lost the few pounds I have lost but it is so hard to get motivation to go to the gym. How do you all get and stay motivated?


    Congrats on reducing the Coke. I started with Coke, then switched to Diet Coke...then went cold turkey to just water with lemon and tea (no sugar). I did not know how bad sugar dependent I was. I also went through migraines and pain, but it was worth getting rid of this addiction to sugar. So, just take one step at a time, the key is consistency and staying on the course, even if you do not see the results right away.

    Also, do you have a photo of your body in front of you. Looking at the men of RJ keeps me motivated, plus the workouts as well. The worst enemy is ourselves, making excuses of why not to workout, eating healthy etc. Just stay on course, and you will get there.
  • DrewT

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    Feb 01, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    The best motivation is realizing how crappy I feel if I eat awful food, and don't go to the gym.

    I've given up a lot of sugar, I don't eat it at home, and actively avoid it in restaurants (which makes eating a bitch). Just to see how I was reacting, I ate a very small piece of cake and my teeth hurt, and I felt weird for about 30 mins.

    Weight control is not temporary, it's a lifestyle change, and one I'm glad I did.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 01, 2011 11:19 AM GMT
    Your lack of motivation might be rooted in having too many distractions, like cable tv or high speed internet, that cause you to lose motivation. Simplify your living and you will seek the gym more often.
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    Feb 01, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    If you have a realistic goal, that you can visualize and get emotional about, than you can add Persistence & Dedication, What motivates us is unique to every one of us, for some of us, its losing a parent or other relative to strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, cancers, and other disorders related to lifestyle. For others, its more to do with how being fit gives us more energy, how it makes us look and feel. For some its all about vanity, they want to look young, just to attract someone younger than themselves, and there is nothing wrong with that either. For some people, its a little of all that. What you can do, is start looking at fitness, fashion, modeling,lifestyle and even adult magazines and websites, find the body type that your the most attracted to and or would like to have. Buy the magazine(s) and or download the images, and refer to them when ever you find your motivation waning. Remind yourself, why your doing what it is your doing. It helps if you have someone in the physical world you can work out with, or someone you can compete with via phone or on-line. The only problem with the second option is, its easy to fib a little, if you don't have to physically show proof you have done what you say you have done.

    Educating yourself can help a lot, learning to read nutrition guides at restaurants that provide them, food packaging ingredient and nutrition labeling, etc. I mean, by buying a simple hamburger and small fries, at a fast food place vs one of their bigger combo meals will usually cut your calories by 50 - 75 %.not including the drink, switching the drink to a diet soda or water will cut it even more. Hydrolyzed and hydrogenated oils which are linked to heart disease and stroke are in virtually all processed foods, as are high fructose corn syrup which adds unnecessary calories, makes people eat 30% more, and may be linked to diabetes. Many processed foods are vary high in salt, sugar, and fat, because the grocery and fast food industries know that, any of the three alone triggers hunger, combining any of the three adds to the effect, using all three combines magnifies it even more. This is why food items we don't automatically associate as having salt or sugar in often contain do. For example, breads will contain corn syrup, caramel color, along with salt. Many of us are also unaware that, carbohydrates are a form of sugar, so when reading a label that says 12 grams of sugar, or worse sugar free, but that says 42 grams of carbohydrate we don't realize we are doing ourselves a disservice. We must have a balance between carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. By learning the percentages that are healthy, watching what we eat, and exercising, we can be healthy and stay healthy. Its not about a diet, its about a lifestyle change.

    Good luck.
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    Feb 01, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    Here is some food for thought, pardon the pun lol.

    http://fora.tv/2009/05/08/The_End_of_Overeating_Dr_David_A_Kessler#fullprogram
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    Feb 01, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    cougarguy saidHow do you all get and stay motivated?
    Tape a "before" picture on your bathroom mirror so you'll be reminded every morning to workout and eat healthy.
  • Jerebear

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    Feb 02, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
    If the timeframe for seeing results is longer than the timeframe for which you can sustain motivation, then try not to need motivation. And really, if its permanent changes you are after than you have a lifetime sized timeframe.

    If you keep the changes small and realistic (like the example you gave of restricting yourself to one coke a day), and also keep them coming: as soon as you are ready for another change, do it, then time takes care of it.

    patience > motivation

    I'm 85 lbs. lighter than I was last year, and I've seen literally hundreds of move "motivated" people give up, but I was more patient and I didnt and still havent and I will still be going until I have the best body my genetics and my age (and reality) will allow.

    Its the proverbial tortoise and hare story.
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    Feb 02, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    Key phrases:
    Jerebear said...
    patience > motivation

    ... I will still be going until I have the best body my genetics and my age (and reality) will allow.
    That's what I've been saying all along. The key to fitness is patience.
    Of course, I still stand by the before-pic-on-mirror method...although, I had a nude before pic set as my desktop background for a while to keep myself going till it became a lifestyle. icon_wink.gif
  • jimjock

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:00 PM GMT

    As an FFP (FORMER FAT PERSON) I am clear on this.


    Know thy self.
    - Aristotle
    Seriously, what motivates you in other areas and plan to apply it similarly.

    #1 Be Positive - It is a mental journey
    #2 Track your measurable progress
    #3 Set yourself up for success
    #4 Be prepared for weakness
    #5 Commit to Consistency!
    #6 Understand your body

    Here we go, pay attention... opportunity knocks softly sometimes.

    Make a mantra that you can internalize each time you enter a password. Take the first letter of the phrase and end it with the next goal weight as the number. CHECK THIS: Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels ###
    So you say it each and every time you login NTAGATF200 and then NTAGATF195, NTAGATF190... Got it..? Make it a positive affirmation of your daily commitment to you... This works for me.. and now it is easy to recall and keep up with if you have to mix case of the letters, upper and lower, and a number. JUST KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE.

    When you workout count backwards ...3, 2, won! Be positive!

    Dropping the weight is good.. CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO - Don't run, use the elliptical at the gym! Forwards and backwards... Go for time first then go for resistance... then increase resistance, and incline. Your ass will disappear and drop and the incline will make it hard and lift again! TRUST ME ON THIS!

    Find a buddy that you are intimately comfortable with, hang a sheet, strip down to your underwear and take pictures! Front, side, Back, side... and do it regularly and frequently. Date the photo series each time the same way and you can watch the metamorphosis. Also, take measurements with each session. Your cock wont get bigger but it will look larger in proportion to your shrinking so that for me as a white guy is motivation enough. icon_eek.gif

    Willpower begins at the grocery store. Simple to do and say. If you do not buy it and bring it home you can't eat it. That said, have quick grab it and satisfy snacks that are healthy. For me I chose grapes. I love them and as an athlete I am guilty of never hydrating enough. I get a fair amount of hydration from fruit like cantaloupe, watermelon, and grapes. Damn they are good real cold too so if you pop them in the freezer for a short period. I like them particularly on the road. More importantly, don't punish yourself. If you want an Oreo cookie, have one or two, but have them and don't kill yourself over them. Satisfy that craving and you will own the desire. You will also find that certain foods satiate your cravings. Spicy foods like pepper, cinnamon, hot-spicy, and bitter will work for you. Soup first is key. It will quell hunger with the right kind of nourishment. Eat for nutrition and always burn more than you take in. Think of eating and exercise as the right kind of deficit spending. Spend the stored energy - ie. stored body fat faster than what you take in and it will melt away.

    Get your music and make it positive: 3 Doors Down- It's Not My Time, Robbie Williams- Let Me Entertain You, David Bisbol- Voy Calentado (I'm just warming up)... and don't plan on mixing it up until you turn 50 years old or something equally so ridiculous in the future you wont need this trick.

    You will involuntarily react to your own music in the same order and find it is your walk out of the locker room music, go to the cardio music, do your abs music, and then move to the weights music... got it? Your own motivating theme music. ROCK IT MAN... just keep that cock hidden until you are alone then rock that too!

    THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART-
    Another thing that will happen is that you have headphones in, no one talks with head phones and focus so you don't get social. Social means distraction, and then the person you are social with will think it is time to talk not time for you. F*** that. I might get called rude, but if I see someone I know and they insist on talking beyond the acknowledge nod-up, I then hold up my hand with fingers open while mouthing silently "five minutes" and they will stop. If they come back later do it again. Keep doing this until they realize you aren't talking. If they want to talk look at them in disbelief and keep working out. Drip on them and they will go away! Seems rude, but you are there for you. If you want a sense of community remember you are here and we have our cocks out! HEHE. If they are so hot to talk to you they should have called when you weren't at the gym. You may go from zero to dick-head in this but you won't be distracted.

    Committing to consistency is self-explanatory. Make time for you before you plan on movies, dates, masturbating, vacations, etc. Yes, if something is going to conflict with your you time figure out your priorities.

    - LOOK AT MY PROFILE - At 5'8.5" I weighed 210 lbs. I got down to 160 and here I am today. Reach me if you want to talk weights. I Don't move more than 50 lbs. NO BS... no more than 50 Lbs. I don't do free weights yet. I started with cardio, moved to band machines and fixed range of motion pieces (HammerStrength MTX), added cable like Universal Gym and HumanSport. I found that developing my stabilizer muscles was integral in growing my body's strength and endurance. Without these first I would not be able to reach for the muscles that make that manly physique. Plan on cutting not bulking. Trim away the pounds with Cardio - drink lots of water, eat right, get rest and sleep (they are different from each other) and rely on yourself. Training buddies are for bulk and muscles. I won't tell you more now. This has to be one of the longest replies. Reach me directly for more inspiration and I will willingly share some before photos for inspiration.

    Be well my friend, and it is a process...
    You will hear...
    "wow, you look younger"
    "did you lose more weight?"
    "is your cock bigger?"


    HOPE IT HELPS
    jimjock7 - but you can call me Jim
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    jimjock7 said
    As an FFP (FORMER FAT PERSON) I am clear on this.


    Know thy self.
    - Aristotle
    Seriously, what motivates you in other areas and plan to apply it similarly.

    #1 Be Positive - It is a mental journey
    #2 Track your measurable progress
    #3 Set yourself up for success
    #4 Be prepared for weakness
    #5 Commit to Consistency!
    #6 Understand your body

    Here we go, pay attention... opportunity knocks softly sometimes.

    Make a mantra that you can internalize each time you enter a password. Take the first letter of the phrase and end it with the next goal weight as the number. CHECK THIS: Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels ###
    So you say it each and every time you login NTAGATF200 and then NTAGATF195, NTAGATF190... Got it..? Make it a positive affirmation of your daily commitment to you... This works for me.. and now it is easy to recall and keep up with if you have to mix case of the letters, upper and lower, and a number. JUST KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE.

    When you workout count backwards ...3, 2, won! Be positive!

    Dropping the weight is good.. CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO - Don't run, use the elliptical at the gym! Forwards and backwards... Go for time first then go for resistance... then increase resistance, and incline. Your ass will disappear and drop and the incline will make it hard and lift again! TRUST ME ON THIS!

    Find a buddy that you are intimately comfortable with, hang a sheet, strip down to your underwear and take pictures! Front, side, Back, side... and do it regularly and frequently. Date the photo series each time the same way and you can watch the metamorphosis. Also, take measurements with each session. Your cock wont get bigger but it will look larger in proportion to your shrinking so that for me as a white guy is motivation enough. icon_eek.gif

    Willpower begins at the grocery store. Simple to do and say. If you do not buy it and bring it home you can't eat it. That said, have quick grab it and satisfy snacks that are healthy. For me I chose grapes. I love them and as an athlete I am guilty of never hydrating enough. I get a fair amount of hydration from fruit like cantaloupe, watermelon, and grapes. Damn they are good real cold too so if you pop them in the freezer for a short period. I like them particularly on the road. More importantly, don't punish yourself. If you want an Oreo cookie, have one or two, but have them and don't kill yourself over them. Satisfy that craving and you will own the desire. You will also find that certain foods satiate your cravings. Spicy foods like pepper, cinnamon, hot-spicy, and bitter will work for you. Soup first is key. It will quell hunger with the right kind of nourishment. Eat for nutrition and always burn more than you take in. Think of eating and exercise as the right kind of deficit spending. Spend the stored energy - ie. stored body fat faster than what you take in and it will melt away.

    Get your music and make it positive: 3 Doors Down- It's Not My Time, Robbie Williams- Let Me Entertain You, David Bisbol- Voy Calentado (I'm just warming up)... and don't plan on mixing it up until you turn 50 years old or something equally so ridiculous in the future you wont need this trick.

    You will involuntarily react to your own music in the same order and find it is your walk out of the locker room music, go to the cardio music, do your abs music, and then move to the weights music... got it? Your own motivating theme music. ROCK IT MAN... just keep that cock hidden until you are alone then rock that too!

    THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART-
    Another thing that will happen is that you have headphones in, no one talks with head phones and focus so you don't get social. Social means distraction, and then the person you are social with will think it is time to talk not time for you. F*** that. I might get called rude, but if I see someone I know and they insist on talking beyond the acknowledge nod-up, I then hold up my hand with fingers open while mouthing silently "five minutes" and they will stop. If they come back later do it again. Keep doing this until they realize you aren't talking. If they want to talk look at them in disbelief and keep working out. Drip on them and they will go away! Seems rude, but you are there for you. If you want a sense of community remember you are here and we have our cocks out! HEHE. If they are so hot to talk to you they should have called when you weren't at the gym. You may go from zero to dick-head in this but you won't be distracted.

    Committing to consistency is self-explanatory. Make time for you before you plan on movies, dates, masturbating, vacations, etc. Yes, if something is going to conflict with your you time figure out your priorities.

    - LOOK AT MY PROFILE - At 5'8.5" I weighed 210 lbs. I got down to 160 and here I am today. Reach me if you want to talk weights. I Don't move more than 50 lbs. NO BS... no more than 50 Lbs. I don't do free weights yet. I started with cardio, moved to band machines and fixed range of motion pieces (HammerStrength MTX), added cable like Universal Gym and HumanSport. I found that developing my stabilizer muscles was integral in growing my body's strength and endurance. Without these first I would not be able to reach for the muscles that make that manly physique. Plan on cutting not bulking. Trim away the pounds with Cardio - drink lots of water, eat right, get rest and sleep (they are different from each other) and rely on yourself. Training buddies are for bulk and muscles. I won't tell you more now. This has to be one of the longest replies. Reach me directly for more inspiration and I will willingly share some before photos for inspiration.

    Be well my friend, and it is a process...
    You will hear...
    "wow, you look younger"
    "did you lose more weight?"
    "is your cock bigger?"


    HOPE IT HELPS
    jimjock7 - but you can call me Jim


    This is great Jim. Good luck "cougarguy"!