Breaking The Habit

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    Mar 23, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    I need some help guys!!!! Every-time I get into a workout routine I go hard and lose a lot of weight but after 3/4 months I loose the momentum and I start slacking. Until I finally just stop all together.. I would like to know from you guys what keeps you going? What pushes you to keep the same momentum after the 3 4 6th month? Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys soon. Hopefully something clicks to break this damn habit
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    Mar 23, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    The fact that you refer to it as a "routine" tells me that perhaps you need to change it up more. Develop a repertoire of exercises that work the same muscle groups and rotate through different ones each week. Throw in some competition. Set mini-goals for yourself instead of just "go to the gym." Cross-train by doing other things that will build your overall fitness/GPP. Get a partner or partners.

    Also, you mention that you "lose a lot of weight" - is your goal in working out generally to shed pounds? Maybe you drift away once you've met that goal, even if it's a subconscious one. What if your goal were strength-oriented instead of weight-oriented? Might that give you more benchmarks to shoot for?

    Just throwing some ideas out...hope they help.
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    Mar 23, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    @elistark you have some great advise I'm def. gonna try to change things up this time and make my goals smaller. Thanks for sharing, anyone else feel free to share Im always ready to listen to more ideas : ) specially on dieting. Im currently just having lots of chicken breast and protein shakes.. Anyone know of any good meal bars?
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    Mar 23, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    newbie26 said... I would like to know from you guys what keeps you going?
    The mirror, and the "before" pics.
    And of course, the bad checkup from 1.3 years ago when I was 60 lbs fatter.

    PS. Don't make your workout a routine - Make it a lifestyle.
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    Mar 23, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    A workout partner that will kick your ass if you don't show up. Not to mention the great guy watching at the gym!!
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    Mar 23, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    1. I think you have to switch it up. I just changed "routines" and I'm loving this new one because it's different from what I was doing before.

    2. It isn't a "routine", it really is a lifestyle. But, in order for it to be part of your lifestyle, it should be something you enjoy. You can enjoy it for many different reasons: love the challenge, enjoy the progress, love the sport, love the social aspect of it, love the jog around the city and being outside, enjoy taking care of yourself, enjoy the "high" you get when you run and/or workout. Etc.

    If you're bored, I think you've already gone too far. Take up a new activity. What haven't you tried yet? Karate? Canoeing? Dance? Swimming? Go do it!

    My goal is too feel better AFTER the gym than before. So, if you're bored then find something new. If you're tired, reduce your pace or find a new way to think about your exercises. Etc.

    Good luck. Have fun. Be proud of your dedication to fitness.
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    Mar 23, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    newbie26 said I need some help guys!!!! Every-time I get into a workout routine I go hard and lose a lot of weight but after 3/4 months I loose the momentum and I start slacking. Until I finally just stop all together.. I would like to know from you guys what keeps you going? What pushes you to keep the same momentum after the 3 4 6th month? Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys soon. Hopefully something clicks to break this damn habit


    I am right there with yo!! I am just like you. I will get really going for 3 or 4 months and then I slack off. My usual excuses are work, needs of family, etc.

    When its really working for me ( I need to remember this) is what the others said. Do something you love. I live at the beach. I love nice long leisurely bike rides on the beach and I need to get back to that.

    Thanks for the good question.

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    Mar 23, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    I think part of it might be just your mental state in terms of how you view your workouts.

    I've found those who view exercise as "something additional", like mowing the lawn (scratch my view of that...lol), cleaning the house, etc.. probably aren't going to be as successful as somebody who embodies exercise as an essential part of their lifestyle. I'm the same with the care of my teeth (as odd as that sounds). I can't imagine skipping my workout (I can change or reduce it if the situation absolutely justifies it), but not skip it.
    The same with the care of my teeth. If I haven't flossed and brushed my teeth, I'll wake up at 2 in the morning and have to do it... I won't be able to sleep otherwise.

    In the end, it will be you that determines how important your exercise pattern will be in years ahead. What I asked of you is to challenge yourself.
    What kind of person do you want to be in your future? Excercise is an essential. Don't live without it!
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    Mar 23, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    newbie26 said I need some help guys!!!! Every-time I get into a workout routine I go hard and lose a lot of weight but after 3/4 months I loose the momentum and I start slacking. Until I finally just stop all together.. I would like to know from you guys what keeps you going? What pushes you to keep the same momentum after the 3 4 6th month? Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys soon. Hopefully something clicks to break this damn habit


    You "go hard" and then get burned out because your getting in a rut. Add some variety to your routine. Find things you enjoy and incorporate them into your routine. Working out is about lifestyle changes. It's not a sprint to the finish line where you hit it hard and quit at the end. More like a long distance run where you pace yourself and make adjustments as needed.
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    Mar 23, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    Variety, aerobics.

    Food:

    LEAN MEAT
    FRESH FRUIT
    FRESH VEGETABLES
    1% COTTAGE CHEESE
    SKIM MILK

    and of course water.

    Eat all you want of these and keep up the gym. You will do great.

    Notice the very low carbs and fat and high fiber and protein. Seasoning with things like lemon juice, garlic, herbs, pepper...keeps the sodium down.
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    Mar 23, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    newbie26 said I need some help guys!!!! Every-time I get into a workout routine I go hard and lose a lot of weight but after 3/4 months I loose the momentum and I start slacking. Until I finally just stop all together.. I would like to know from you guys what keeps you going? What pushes you to keep the same momentum after the 3 4 6th month? Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys soon. Hopefully something clicks to break this damn habit


    I am there with you! I do it for awhile then slowly stop then start up again then stop again. It was better in college when I had a friend to work out with...That always helps also, so if you have a buddy to work out with then your more likely to stick with it. I hope to get into working out again and stick with it also. Good luck
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    Mar 28, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for all the helpful advice.. Im def gonna implement alot of these ideas to my new workout lifestyle. : )
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    Mar 28, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    newbie26 said I need some help guys!!!! Every-time I get into a workout routine I go hard and lose a lot of weight but after 3/4 months I loose the momentum and I start slacking. Until I finally just stop all together.. I would like to know from you guys what keeps you going? What pushes you to keep the same momentum after the 3 4 6th month? Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you guys soon. Hopefully something clicks to break this damn habit


    You need to get to where you feel strange because you missed your workout and feel a little guilty. After you have made some progress you don't want to lose what you have worked so hard to attain. It is habit.
  • goofrider

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    Mar 28, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    I would have to agree with Rockbiter that it's a lifestyle change. I couldn't stick to the gym before because those other times I viewed it as a chore I do to get in better shape, so I lost motivation quickly if I didn't see results.

    Once I started to look at it as something I enjoy, everything else start to click. I start to research on diet and eat a lot more (4000 cal/day), go to the gym regularly, scheduling my time around to make room for the gym instead of the other way around, spending more time outdoors and staying active, etc.

    I still only can keep up with my 4-5 days/wk workout, 4000 cal/day diet for 2-3 months at a time (it's HARD). But I try to stay active during the 1-2 month break: swimming, hiking, yoga, etc., and go the gym at least 2x/wk during breaks.

    Never feel better about myself. Sometimes I do fall off the wagon and lose some muscle mass as a result, but that actually just give me a kick in the ass to work harder again.

    It's a big lifestyle change for some and it might take a few tries. Not to say one has to become a gym rat and revolve your entire life around it, but you do have to make health and fitness a priority.

    And like Rockbiter said, try pick up some other activities as well so when you get burn out form the gym, you can dial down your gym time and do something else and stay active.