Anyone know any Tips for Getting Motivated....

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    Mar 12, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    Hi!

    I wanted to see if anyone would know some tips for me to get and STAY motivated! I keep saying that I'm going to seriously start doing something about my body because I know that our body is a temple and I need to respect it more. What are some ways to stay motivated!! This place seems WAY less judgmental than I prejudged it for.
  • DCguy2001

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    Mar 12, 2011 7:45 AM GMT
    Take "before" pics -- then take periodically take new pics to track your progress. That's helped me stick with my diet/workout routine.
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    Mar 12, 2011 7:57 AM GMT
    Basic stuff to gain motivation I think you've heard before but they work and you should really do them.

    - Have a goal! Be specific (weight, body fat, miles traveled, etc.)
    - Have these goals WRITTEN down or TRACKED using a smartphone/PC app
    - Have some sort of competition. (a friend, a RJ member, etc)
    - Take pictures periodically and enjoy your results.


    I'm sure there are more but its late and I need to sleep. lol
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    Mar 12, 2011 8:29 AM GMT
    embrace vanity, and please please learn how to write . . .
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    Mar 12, 2011 8:31 AM GMT
    noren said please please learn how to write . . .


    Way less judgemental, eh? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 12, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    way less illogical, eh?
  • alphatop

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    Mar 12, 2011 8:43 AM GMT
    http://www.lifetc.com/

    and

    http://habitforge.com/


    Very, very helpful, motivational sites
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    Mar 12, 2011 9:05 AM GMT
    Get some good music going, always puts me in the mood!
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    Bet with a friend or group of friends - either towards a specific physical goal or just to go into the gym 3-5 times a week.

    Make the amount meaningful. Something else I find particularly useful is working out with a friend though it does take a bit longer but you feel guilty if you have try to skip out.
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
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