End of rope

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    Oct 20, 2014 10:23 PM GMT
    I have yo-yo'ed over the last few years, though never really getting rid of the unwanted body fat. I am now at a point to where I work 9+ hours/day and take 8 hours of college classes/week.

    I have never been one for the gym, part image issue and part time issue, but have in the past done well with home gyms, etc. Lately, though seems that no matter what I do, seems to be in vain and I just cannot get the energy to stay consistent with the workouts.

    I know my eating habits suck big time and that is changing...but I know it is a combination. I am taking some supplements i found on bodybuilding, but need to get the energy to really get back to my workouts...even though right now they will be short due to work/school commitments...

    Any help or advice, or anything would be great...there seems to be a great divide within my area that if you aren't "hot" already, then their time is too valuable...i know what i "need" to do...it's just the motivation and support i truly lack.
  • Kovyn

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    Oct 21, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    Some tricks I've learner over the years:

    - Go with someone. A workout buddy is arguably the best motivation you can get.
    - Watch YT vids. Nothing gets me more pumped than watching Jeff Seid or other BB's lifting heavy weights.
    - Preworkout. Anything containing caffeine, sugar, taurine, etc, is sure to get your heart racing.
    - Set a time. Don't go when you feel like it, decide that at exactly 5pm sharp you are getting in your car and heading to the gym.
    - Track your progress. There's nothing more motivating than seeing your weights going up or lbs shedding off.
    - Go to a gym where all the hot people go. If I see someone hotter than me or lifting more, it pisses me off and motivates me all the more.
    - Train your mind. Before you go to the gym, do/drink something that is only done before your workout. For example, I used to take the same preworkout so often that as soon as it touched my lips, my body knew it was about to go through hell. The preworkout didn't get me pumped, my mind did.
    - Adjust your mentality. Realize that while you're at home sitting on your ass, your competition is training hard. You don't want to be a loser the rest of your life.

    I work 12-hour shifts 7-days straight doing repetitive heavy labour and I still find time to hit the gym. Your job is no excuse so stop bitching and go workout.
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    Oct 21, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    Thanks! Trying to find someone to workout with...I always do better with someone else...i am a bit competitive...the good thing is my work (major university) does have a fitness center I'll be joining after the 1st of the year...

    Is there one pre workout drink that's better than others?
  • Kwokpot

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    Oct 21, 2014 2:45 AM GMT
    NashKev saidThanks! Trying to find someone to workout with...I always do better with someone else...i am a bit competitive...the good thing is my work (major university) does have a fitness center I'll be joining after the 1st of the year...

    Is there one pre workout drink that's better than others?

    You're putting the cart before the horse. People get so hung up on taking protein supplements that they ignore the real problem;your diet and what you eat day to day.

    Before you do anything you need to EAT PROPERLY! That means both what and how much you eat. Cut out soda, and any other sugar loaded beverages(No need for gator are either). Watch your alcohol intake, no more than 2 drinks a day. Eat a good breakfast such as oatmeal or yogurt or even eggs( donuts and pastries are out). You need to rethink EVERYTHING you eat. And remember, this is a lifestyle change, meaning that it's not a diet but a permanent change in what and how you eat. That should be your FIRST STEP. Do that for 6months,and I guarantee you will lose weight. THEN you can start on the next step, which is putting together a fitness regimen.


  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 21, 2014 3:47 AM GMT
    Try hypnotherapy
  • northwest

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    Oct 21, 2014 3:01 PM GMT
    Try mastering Push-Ups & squats first, these will help tone, if you do enough & stick to it, you will feel & see results in a good few weeks…
    I try to do about 100 a day… 5 x 20
    I found them difficult at first but try to better yourself each time. first do 5 x 10, then 5 x 11, then 5 x 12 etc

    I split my day so I do a few weights one day, some cardio the next (half hour run) and thats it. I don't even do that many weights I just choose something challenging like compound exercises (squats, deadlifts) & just do 50 of each maybe. It is challenging but doesn't take long so you should be abel to find the time

    Even if you just started doing lots of push ups that would help. If you don't like running go for a walk, anything better than nothing. If not that, try swimming after work?

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    Oct 21, 2014 7:21 PM GMT
    Kwokpot: as far as the pre-workout drink...I asked this only because I do notice that I run out of energy before I end the workout...and this can be even 30 minute workouts...high or low intensity...the caffeine I had to cut out about 10 years ago due to migraines...I do need to cut out the sodas altogether (though I do only drink at dinner...water rest of the day). I am in the process of re-evaluating my "diet" and cutting out the high fat and unhealthy foods. I know it is a combination of diet and exercise. I need to work on both...

    Northwest: Thanks for the suggestion...that is something I can do fairly easily (well, depending on the upper body strength and lack thereof). I will work on that and I actually do like running, but as I said early, I tend to run out of energy...and right now my running consists of the treadmill...

    Again, thanks guys...for someone who grew up in the "fat" south...it's been hard to really make that change really stick...but i also realize i have to suck it up and move forward...
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    Oct 21, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    I thought this thread was going to be about bondage.
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    Oct 24, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    I thought it was going to be about this:

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    Nov 06, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    you shouldn't be so short on energy that you can't get through a 30 minute workout. that sounds like bad nutrition.

    i ate a bowl of oatmeal and a banana and worked out for 2 hours at the gym with no noticeable energy problems. but i also ate normally (well) the day before so there was no deficit following me in. sleep is also VERY important. and ditch the supplements, most are useless and they're a distraction.

    hrm... maybe put up pictures of hot guys around your apartment. i always wondered if that would work :p