the Psychology of Working Out

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    Jun 02, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    I had to do 40 penalty pushups this morning with my PT cuz I bad mouthed my appearance...I bemoaned being fat.

    He says working out follows the mind. Negative thoughts beget negative results. So if I say something negative, I have to do penalty pushups and then have to say the positive side of whatever I dissed during all the rest of my exercises.

    So I was saying "fat be gone" for the rest of the session. I felt like that commercial "active on"

    But it worked. I was so busy saying "fat be gone" that I didnt have time to think negative thoughts.
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    Jun 02, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    thanks!
    now let my new mantra be:

    ZIM GETS LAID!

    ZIM GETS LAID!

    ZIM GETS LAID!


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    Jun 02, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    Oh dry up, Zimmy, it's been almost 4 years for me.
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    Jun 03, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    Really? for the longest time I used my self hatred to motive myself.

    However, I am having trouble changing that mind set. All I ever see is what I need to work on, and never proud of any of my accomplishments.

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    Jun 03, 2008 4:27 AM GMT
    Heh, that's an interesting technique.

    I'm using my goal as motivation, but I go to start, and I get into the lunge position, and I lower myself... And I fall over.

    So I start again. And I fall over.

    So I readjust my position, and try again, and my knee rolls, or I twitch and come crashing down, or it hurts in a stabbing way, not a stretching way.

    I change exercises and watch videos and I can't seem to get it right, and I gradually become more and more frustrated throughout my sessions. I find that positivity just withers as I try and fail to do anything useful. Eventually I finish enough reps and sets to at least be exhausted. And I tell myself I've taken a small step towards fitness, even if I want to cry because I'm sure I've not achieved anything.

    So I find that motivation can't withstand exercise itself.
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    Jun 03, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    Quadlex saidHeh, that's an interesting technique.

    I'm using my goal as motivation, but I go to start, and I get into the lunge position, and I lower myself... And I fall over.

    So I start again. And I fall over.

    So I readjust my position, and try again, and my knee rolls, or I twitch and come crashing down, or it hurts in a stabbing way, not a stretching way.

    I change exercises and watch videos and I can't seem to get it right, and I gradually become more and more frustrated throughout my sessions. I find that positivity just withers as I try and fail to do anything useful. Eventually I finish enough reps and sets to at least be exhausted. And I tell myself I've taken a small step towards fitness, even if I want to cry because I'm sure I've not achieved anything.

    So I find that motivation can't withstand exercise itself.


    It sounds to me like you havent developed the balance yet to do these exercises. When I started with my personal trainer, the first thing he did was check my balance. He said if you cant hold your own body in balance, how are you doing to do it when you are exercising. He asked me to stand on one foot. I thought "what the hell?" But I tried to do it. And fell over in less than a few seconds. Ok, point made!

    So I first had to go thru a series of exercises to build up my stabilizing muscles and nerve coordination in order to balance my body.

    Let's see...I had to stand on one foot, then I had to stand on one foot on a foam pad, then I had to stand on one foot on the flat side of a Bosu ball, then on the ball side of the Bosu ball. Plus I had to do various mat exercises to develop my core strength. 4-point plank, 2-point planks etc.

    Perhaps you need to do stuff like that before you can do lunges.
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    Jun 03, 2008 8:22 AM GMT
    Yes, my Wii Fit agrees with you. I'm doing the balance exercises it suggests in my "off" days, those on which I don't do weights, but I don't want to give up with the weights, either... I figure I might not be fantastic, but I'll at least get something happening.

    Doesn't stop fuckups being disheartening though.
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    Jun 04, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    Working out has become my anti-depressant. As long as I dont go more than 3 days between a work out I generally have lower occasions of depressed mood. That is as long as I dont try and focus on....got to be hot as shit mantra. I do have to say though I am beginning to really appreciate the side effects from the last few months (strength, health, and appearance wise), besides the ohh so needed elevated endorphine levels.