How do you stay motivated? (to exercise)

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    Aug 29, 2014 11:50 PM GMT
    What keeps you on your workout schedule/regimen? Is it that you're on the market, looking for a man, or do you keep images of fit guys up in your bedroom, or just look at profiles and forums here on RJ?

    Once I fall off the horse, it's hell getting back on. Today I picked up a loaf of this amazing 9 grain bread that I love at a local (phenomenal!!!) bakery, and I walked out with the bread AND a slice of lemon cake, a fudge brownie, and a cherry/apple strudel...when I'm weak, I'm really weak!
    (And no, I didn't eat them all, the plan was to make them last over the labor day weekend...but still, I feel guilty).

    Your best tips...positive suggestions, please.

    And for you A-holes out there that only post on the forums to tear people down, move along, why don't you go check the expiration date on your seal pup clubbing license?
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    Aug 30, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    I'm sure I'm not alone when I say you clearly motivate/inspire more...your man not taking care of you?
    That...injustice...

    I'm pissed right now.
    planed on hitting the hike and bike trail, but it began pouring down.
    Need my fix of epic eye candy, eye candy that scream catch me if you can.
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    Aug 30, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    ^ My man's out of town, so at the moment, no, he's not taking care of me...I'm home alone...with a lot of dessert.
  • Webster666

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    Aug 30, 2014 4:58 AM GMT
    You've got to enjoy it or you've got to want the muscular body badly enough to set a schedule and stick to it.
    Plus, you've got to learn how to do the exercises correctly, so that you'll get the maximum benefit.
    And, you've got to push yourself.
    You can't just sit on a machine and daydream for 15 minutes.
    You can't do only 10 pound curls for the rest of your life.
    You have to increase the amount you lift, from time to time.
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:07 AM GMT
    Fuck it, man. Just got to pump the iron and eat right.

    Tommy
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 30, 2014 5:35 AM GMT
    always warm up and build on the momentum
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:22 PM GMT
    I want to be able to fit into my suits! Can't remember the last time I ate cookies or chips or pastries. I broke down and bought a half gallon of ice cream last week. The first time this summer!

    If you don't buy it, you ain't going to eat it.

    That William Burroughs "Naked Lunch" what's on the end of your fork moment in the grocery store...do I really want this?

    Or do I need this?

    Broc, dark leafy greens, kale, peppers...Yes!

    Soda, cake, processed crap..NO!
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 30, 2014 3:27 PM GMT
    Because I'd rather not die prematurely of something (heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, etc) that is rather horrible and outright preventable.
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    Aug 30, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    Thanks for your input guys!
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:28 PM GMT
    I joined CrossFit.
    Second day was today. The (female) coach has better arms than me. That was motivating.
  • starboard5

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    Aug 30, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    I find it helps to have a little OCD.
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
    Also, I only eat dessert if it's homemade. My mama is a good Baker so I'm a bit of a dessert snob.
    At work they have a chocolate covered almonds vending machine. You get 4 of them for a quarter. Enough to sate a sweet craving without killing my diet.
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    I would suggest a Mirror. Along with the suggestions of the guys above me.
    But the best thing from my experience is: It's better to do more house work(manually) and less gym.
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:15 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidI would suggest a Mirror. Along with the suggestions of the guys above me.
    But the best thing from my experience is: It's better to do more house work(manually) and less gym.


    Only you can't believe a mirror. Try camera.
    A photo a day: you'll never leave the house again.


    For most of my life I didn't need motivation to keep my bod exercised, did a lot of boating which is an active activity, spent lots of time in the water so always had that resistance and aerobic workout just by playing. Also I loved to swim laps as a meditation. So--outside of all the partying I did, mostly on weekends--my daily routine was pretty healthy.

    It wasn't until shit started hitting the fan and I had to fight depression that my body started going to shit. Some luck out by not eating and getting very active when their life is upset, but I just shut down. From there I have ups and downs with periods of getting out of shape and then back in shape but then with the last spate of deaths and betrayals that just did me in. I'm absolutely in a struggle to get myself back. But I am back up to a half mile a day swim so I'm getting there. I need to get up to at least a mile and then start incorporating other activities.

    So I think I'm back from what was probably the worst but the worst was pretty bad. I definitely did some damage to myself including allowing some cross-linking of collagen, lost some range of motion which I'm working now to recoup. The older you get the more you have to stay in shape.

    A lot of it for me is not even routine, because I'm afraid I'd break that, but just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes you get pushed back, sometimes you fall down, but if you keep putting one foot in front of the other, eventually you get there.
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    I was practically catatonic after the death of some family members. Sat on the couch for two years.

    Eventually, I said, "fuck that!"

    Got off my ass...took several months to get back...and I'm still working on it. No, I'm not one of those that get all hyperactive...wish I was.

    People that are in a holding pattern due to life's cruel slings and arrows...allow yourself time to deal...and then "Get off your ass!"

    I tell that to some. Not meaning to be harsh. But it is necessary to hear.
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    Just try to remember how good it feels to be in top form. Sleep better, think more clearly, more over-all peace of mind. The rewards are huge.

    It also helps to know that You can stop traffic with a tight t- shirt and a low- slung pair of jeans...

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    Aug 30, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    Cash saidJust try to remember how good it feels to be in top form. Sleep better, think more clearly, more over-all peace of mind. The rewards are huge.

    It also helps to know that You can stop traffic with a tight t- shirt and a low- slung pair of jeans...

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    Oh, shut up...
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:44 PM GMT
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    Cash saidJust try to remember how good it feels to be in top form. Sleep better, think more clearly, more over-all peace of mind. The rewards are huge.

    It also helps to know that You can stop traffic with a tight t- shirt and a low- slung pair of jeans...

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    Oh, shut up...


    OMG - that's the same EXACT thing My parole officer said to Me when I asked him why he wanted Me to sit in his lap in a tight t- shirt and a low- slung pair of jeans!!!

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    Aug 30, 2014 5:46 PM GMT
    I thought is was, "Boy, I like you but those chacha heels got to go..."
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidI thought is was, "Boy, I like you but those chacha heels got to go..."


    That goes without saying.

    He says chacha heels make his feet hurt....
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    Aug 30, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
    But they make my legs look divine! lol

    You're so funny, Cash. Nice to have you around, man!
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    Aug 30, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    Three words:

    Seeing. Dudes. Naked.

    Works for me!
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    Aug 31, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    JJDUDE saidThree words:

    Seeing. Dudes. Naked.

    Works for me!


    And we have a winner!
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    Aug 31, 2014 12:05 AM GMT
    1. I'm an attention whore and when you look good you get more attention from everyone. I want to be the guy that gets chased and doesn't have to do the chasing.

    2. I want to compete in mens physique and in order to do that you need a perfect physique.

    3. I love lifting? The days I don't lift I seriously don't know what to do and feel confused. It's the diet that is the hard part keeping to. I'm usually pretty good on it with counting my macros and everything but i'll go through these like 1 week binges where I don't care what I eat and don't count anything. Not sure why but I always feel depressed after doing it.
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    Aug 31, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    It helps my mental health to be active and outdoors, which can be difficult with our avg temps and humidity (avg humidity in the summertime is 70-90%). Even if I know I won't last as long as I'd like, I try and get as much outdoor cardio in each day as I can. If the ground is dry, I skate. If its wet or rainy, i run. Like others have said, the goal is to make it a part of your routine, just like coffee in the morning or getting the paper.