41 Consecutive Days of Going to the Gym - SUCCESS

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    May 07, 2014 12:53 AM GMT
    The gym has always been a little bit frustrating for me. A couple of years ago, I was too afraid to go to the gym at all because I was too afraid of what people thought and didn't know the proper form/workouts/or really anything to do with the gym. I was always afraid of people judging me.

    I got through it a little and went to the gym quite a bit after that and felt amazing but when personal circumstances took over, I used it as another excuse not to go to the gym. I remember saying then, I can't imagine not going to the gym back then but I let it happen.

    Well I started going back to the gym a couple months ago and was talking to a friend a couple weeks after about lent. I'm Jewish and have never celebrated but remember talking about always wanting to give up something for lent just to see if I can do it for 40 days. I had been to the gym like 3 days consecutively and just said what the hell...

    Why don't I give up excuses not to go to the gym? Thus, I decided I would go to the gym 40 days in a row. Despite work, responsibilities and the bitch that it is for me to actually get to the gym, I have went, whether rain, snow, work or whatever.

    I have to say I absolutely love the results. I always wanted to get a lot bigger, as I was always pretty scrawny. I've always had it in my mind to eat clean, but I admit I still need to eat a lot more. I'm trying to force myself to do that. I'm not taking whey protein though, which I'm sure hinders my goals a little bit.

    Regardless, I think I'm still so happy going to the gym, despite the constant soreness and tiredness all the time because I decided its not the end-all be all to get huge. I am just continuing to go to the gym and will be happy with whatever results come and I definitely do see them and know they will only get better with time.

    Anyways, its been almost a year since I've come on here (still hate that there is no chat), but decided to come on here to check something out about coconut oil. I said what the hell and decided to post about my accomplishment. Lets hope I can get to 40 days and then finally take a couple rest days and continue to go maybe 5 days a week instead of 7. Most importantly, no excuses!
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    May 07, 2014 5:29 AM GMT
    I've heard it said that it takes doing something 40 days consecutively to form a habit. I think you're doing a very good thing for yourself as long as you don't burn yourself out. Keep it up. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 07, 2014 6:32 AM GMT
    sounds awesome wish I had the time
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    May 07, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    Haha, time is definitely the hardest part. One night I had something come up that prevented me from going to the gym before work. I was so desperate to not break my consecutive streak, I went to a gym I didn't even belong to at 3am after work because it was the only 24 hour gym open on Sunday "night" and knocked on the door and asked somebody to let me in.

    I think I just need to make it more of a routine after I reach my 40 day goal instead of an everyday occurrence but for now I will go out of my way, even sacrifice the little sleep I get to get in the 3 hours+ I need to go to the gym (includes traveling time).
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    May 19, 2014 3:10 AM GMT
    I'm pretty proud of myself and wanted to proclaim that I officially went to the gym 40 days in a row. I was all prepared to take a nice long rest day today (day 41) but just couldn't be content with only 40 days so I went again today for my 41st day in a row.

    That is 41 days of 1.5-3.5 hours each day, almost every day where I had to take the bus to there in snow, rain, sunshine (stupid Toronto weather)

    As much as I hate having to do leg day (shoulders and legs) every 4 days and back day (back and biceps) every 4 days, Im so happy that I stayed dedicated for so long.

    I also LOVE the results. One of these days, I will need a rest day though!
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    May 19, 2014 3:39 AM GMT
    ^^^One of these days, I will need a rest day though!

    Make that rest day tomorrow and make it an "active rest day".

    Walk, bike, swim if you can. Do something but don't do anything similar to what you've done over the past 41 days.

    After a single active rest day return to the gym and force yourself to do a half workout. Leave to walk or whatever you need to do to get out your energy.

    If you try to go from intense workouts to nothing, you'll feel like you're trying to quit cigarettes and coffee at the same time. Don't!

    Maybe only a 2 day semi-break is all you need right now. If so, go back to the gym for an intense session. But then once again force yourself to back off(to active rest) at least two days a week.

    You'll keep your gains and start adding more.
    You'll see.
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    May 19, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    Its strange. I know I need my rest days and trust me, every part of my body hurts and is in pain but its such a habit now and I'm on such a high when I go to the gym, I almost don't want to stop even for a day. I also JUST started taking protein again maybe 7 days ago and the gains are coming in much faster now.

    In my head I'm thinking like what happens if I go through another 40 days in a row. The results would probably be spectacular.
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    May 19, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    get2knowme saidIts strange. I know I need my rest days and trust me, every part of my body hurts and is in pain "----SAYS YOUR BODY.



    In my head I'm thinking like what happens if I go through another 40 days in a row. The results would probably be spectacular.
    --=SAYS YOUR HEAD


    LISTEN TO YOUR BODY ON THIS ONE.


    Follow the advice I gave you above. Get a single day of active rest and then you'll start thinking more clearly about what you have to do to continue getting the gains you'll be proud of.

    Your alternative is to overtrain, as you are now, and watch your body suffer to the point you won't be able to train for months. Your Choice.
  • PR_GMR

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    May 19, 2014 3:32 PM GMT
    This is a great post. I'm glad you've found your resolve to stay on top of your fitness routine.. and you've given me motivation to get back to mine.