I need help!

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    Jun 05, 2008 6:17 AM GMT
    lol I am sure everyone has heard of this before... The guy that wants to get back into working out again but has problems with the motivation to do so.

    I need a good swift kick in the ass, any takers? lol But no seriously, I do not want to start setting in a bad habit of not being physically fit and taken care of. This is the first time in my life that I have gone like 7 months without doing anything. Any ideas?

    p.s. Standing in the mirror and trying to develop a body image complex does not work, I have tried it. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 05, 2008 7:53 AM GMT
    the best you can do is force yourslef to lift/run/whatever it is you're trying to do.

    habits are formed after three weeks of repetition so just suck it up and deal and once the habits are formed you're pretty much set.

    also gym buddies are a big help on the days you really don't want to roll out of bed. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 05, 2008 8:10 AM GMT
    Tonka think of the hot guys who'll be lusting after you...

    Think of the sex...

    Think of the dozen ways you beat the crap out of people who badmouth gays...

    Think of the sex...

    Oh did I say that twice? icon_rolleyes.gif

    For me, whenever I see a fit guy, especially in a movie or something, I get this itch to workout and look like him. So go out and rent a movie with a hunk in it.

    And think of the sex...

  • GQjock

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    Jun 05, 2008 10:14 AM GMT
    Get a picture of the hottest guy you can imagine
    ... full length sexy body picture is the best
    The more unattainable the better and put it somewhere you'll see it the most
    on your refrigerator door
    or on your bathroom mirror
    this will remind you every time you look at it how much work you have to do
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    Jun 05, 2008 10:52 AM GMT
    TonkaTruck23 saidlol I am sure everyone has heard of this before... The guy that wants to get back into working out again but has problems with the motivation to do so...


    Hell, I just come HERE and peruse a few profiles! That usually does the trick. Hahaha!

    But seriously, set a goal (a race or something similar) where you have to put money down and/or are held to account for. I post the races I'm planning on doing on my profile - no one is emailing me about any of them but just knowing I've publicly said I'm doing them keeps me going.
  • MattyC0709

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    Jun 05, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    Sedative saidTonka think of the hot guys who'll be lusting after you...

    LOL! That's just SOOOOO ME! icon_biggrin.gif
  • EricLA

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    Jun 05, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    I started working out regularly when I was 28, because I knew I was approaching 30. I wasn't in bad shape, but I wasn't getting any dates and thought working out at a more-or-less gay gym would help motivate me and get me out among potential dates. That was thirteen years ago. The dating never materialized the way I'd hoped, but I'm pretty happy with the results anyway.

    Getting to the gym is tough. I'd rather surf the internet or watch TV or eat or all at the same time. I swear there's a black hole under my sofa that is difficult to escape once I sit down when I get home from work. But just like many other things I hate to do -- brushing my teeth, going to bed, paying bills -- I've made working out part of my routine. I just do it. I try to give it little thought, I just go. My body often resists. But once I get there and I'm working out, I feel so much better and the time flies. I suggest trying to make it part of your schedule. Work out on your way home from work or school, if you can. Once you get home there are 100s of distractions that you'll use to keep you from working out.
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    Jun 05, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    Tonka, I can sympathize!

    Best thing I've done is to hire a trainer. You'll have an "appointment" to work out ... and at least for me, an appointment with someone else is harder to break than one with myself. Plus, if you skip, he/she will probably annihilate you the next day as a result. Motivation not to skip!

    Good luck!
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    Jun 05, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    Hiring a trainer is a great idea. You might also consider joining a boot camp class or something similar in your area. That way you have the accountability. After a while, the habit will stick and you won't have a problem getting back in it.
    Failing those, just go to the gym. You don't have to do much. Just be there and try a few things. After a 7-month hiatus it's good to ease back into things.
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    Jun 05, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    Yeah that whole 3 weeks to form a habit is right, I just need to suck it up.

    And I do have a hot guy already lusting after me (my bf) lol so that isnt a good motivator icon_smile.gif

    Wish me luck Im going running today bwhaha icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 05, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    I found, like COJock and RynPhx suggests, either committing to a buddy or a trainer, just someone else - was motivation enough for me. The obligation of an "appointment" with my trainer was tough for me to break, especially at the last minute.

    (Before the trainer, I would pack the gym bag, etc. and plan to go - then "something" would come up at the last minute, and I'd ditch.)

    Now, I have no excuses and it's something I look forward to. He's a big ole' muscular boy who's 10 years my junior and in much better shape. Maybe it has something to do with him bossing me around the gym. That and thinking about the money I dished out for his services was enough to NOT make me miss any appointments.