Motivation

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    Dec 23, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    I'm sure it happens to us all at a point in time. How do you find motivation to keep focused and reach your fitness goals? Lately I've been struggling with food and need to adapt to clean meals again. Just feel like it doesn't matter to me as much, but my waistline has definitely noticed the difference. Same goes with weight lifting routines. Help!
  • MikeW

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    Dec 23, 2013 2:30 PM GMT
    I wonder, is it a matter of priorities?

    First, I always gain a bit of fat during the holidays. Why? Because I'm around more sugar and it is almost impossible to NOT eat at least some of it. Also, my body seems to want to retain fat more easily during colder months.

    But I loose motivation when I loose focus on my goals. That's usually because there are other things going on in my life (job, relationship, life difficulties) that just take too much time and energy (emotional or physical). There are times when I just have to say "fuck it" (FOR NOW), take care of what needs to be taken care of, promising myself that I *will* get back on track once I get through whatever the problem is.

    This is different from giving up; it is consciously shifting priorities, but only temporarily.
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    Dec 23, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
    Don't stress out about it. You should ask yourself whether you still enjoy it as a hobby or if it's just another chore that need you to do?

    Since May 2013 i've decided to take a step back from my power training and do other sports. That decision has been fueling my batteries and I look forward to picking up my training again in 2014.

    There's already enough stress around these days, that you don't need to panick about a fucking waistline. Take it easy!
  • jo2hotbod

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    Dec 23, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    Take a week or two off and then go back, it's good to give your body a break and gets you rev'd up to go back
  • conservativej...

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    Dec 23, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    It is far less a matter of 'motivation' but in reality a matter of self control and self discipline.

    Go for it.
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    Dec 23, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    conservativejock saidIt is far less a matter of 'motivation' but in reality a matter of self control and self discipline.

    Go for it.

    Motivation comes spontaneously when you enjoy doing what you are doing. If you have to completely rely on self control or self discipline in order to get through your routine, you are no longer enjoying it and you should probably quit for some time.

    Of course there will be times where you don't feel like going out to do the work out and then it's a matter of biting through the bullet, but not when you constantly have to force yourself to do so.
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 23, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    It's the time of year. Getting dark early and colder. All the food and distractions. Try to just stay on course for some of the diet and discipline in the gym but don't beat yourself up over it if you slip. Think about the new year coming up and psyching yourself to rededicate after the holidays. I always see that time not as a drudgery penance for my holiday sins but as a time to map out how I'm going to look good when warm weather returns and I'm back on the beach. That's March down here so I've got three months from January 2.
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    Dec 24, 2013 6:54 AM GMT
    Hey guys, thanks for the information. I've definitely noticed it's been a combination of everything. I'll definitely work on incorporating new things to keep it fun, while maintaining self discipline to stay on track
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    Dec 24, 2013 1:47 PM GMT
    well i actually just found out that my diagnosis of hemophilia could have been a fluke. So now I'm eager to do a lot more things fearlessly. before yesterday it was vanity and being looked up to. I decided a few days ago that to be taken seriously about this I've got to put myself out there and open myself to questions when I have the time, even though the right to remain silent was recently removed, I'm prestigious enough to actually need to tell people when I'm ready to answer inquiries. Samples from the cologne departments makes me feel like there is hope to get make overs if my time management for my fitness will take a bit of spotting in the various facets. I got a ride to like two extreme horizons of town from a friend a church at couple weeks ago and stocked up with like 15 bottles. (: I also have a bit of brainwave entrainment under my belt and when I'm at peak performance I meditate to enhance concentration so I can feel comfortable knowing the time i put into my body could be worth it and actually have results because I may be self aware enough to watch the details of my movements and observe opportunistically.
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    Dec 24, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
    My motivation is realizing most people at the gym are body snobs. The better I look, the hotter the guys that talk to me, the more physical they get with me.
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    Dec 24, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    alex1990 saidI'm sure it happens to us all at a point in time. How do you find motivation to keep focused and reach your fitness goals? Lately I've been struggling with food and need to adapt to clean meals again. Just feel like it doesn't matter to me as much, but my waistline has definitely noticed the difference. Same goes with weight lifting routines. Help!


    A hot,ripped boy friend is plenty of motivation for me. We work out together and enjoy making Paleo meals together. When we hang out with similar guys we whine about not being able to gain weight and off the rack clothes that are made to baggy made to fit. It's funny considering where I was a few years ago. Married and middle age fat.
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    Dec 24, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    it's very hard this time of year. plus, my gym (where i work) is 25 minutes away...I have to do that drive 2x a day anyway for work, on my days off I don't want to do it...
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    Jan 01, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    Definitely makes sense. My work schedule makes it hard to get a gym buddy, but it's definitely easier when everyone around you is dedicated to healthy habits.