Staying motivated

  • badbug

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    Nov 29, 2015 12:49 PM GMT


    Anyone have any tips on what they do to stay motivated?


    I seem to perpetually be going through phases where i am very good about my diet and routine for 4 or 5 months and then i slowly start letting everything fall apart.


    Typically it's after a vacation or a weekend with old friends, i find it hard to get back into doing things with the same level of effort. The problem being, if i am not putting in effort, i feel like i am cheating myself and then i sort of end up eating like crap and thinking i'll "get it together tomorrow". Without feeling like i have this routine i stick to or diet i am rigidly following, i have trouble sticking to one slice of pizza or avoiding coca-cola and pasta.

    I know the odd crappy meal is fine or the odd skipped workout, but it turns into this downhill slide everytime.


    What do you do to stay motivated?

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    Nov 29, 2015 1:46 PM GMT
    When I wanted to skip workouts I would remind myself why I started in the first place and get ready to go while I re-thought my decision.

    Now I only skip or adjust a workout due to injury. Not going makes me feel awful.

    Some of my best workouts were on days that I would have skipped.
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    Nov 29, 2015 2:19 PM GMT
    I don't know much about sticking to a workout and diet, but I do know that putting your focus and goals in writing has been exceptionally helpful for me.

    Write down what you want to do and why you want to do it. Post it somewhere so you will see it and be reminded daily.

    This approach helped me get through a hellacious project at work. So try it and see if it will help.

    Also, look up James Clear. He's awesome
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    Nov 29, 2015 2:29 PM GMT
    Try this. Write down your goals and your progress towards them. I mean all of them. Are you planning to eat oatmeal on Thursday? Write it down! Did you eat oatmeal on Thursday? Write it down. At least once a week review your writings. Did the oatmeal on Thursday become a whole large Pizza Hut Supreme? Does it happen every Thursday?

    Next give yourself permission to accomplish 80% of your goals. So 6 meals a day and 7 days a week equals 42 meals a week equals 8 meals of what ever you fancy at the moment. I bet you feel motivated already don't you? You didn't cheat. You planned those cheesy fries. And they were yummy, weren't they? Plus you hit 100% of your 80% goal. You deserve a cookie.
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 29, 2015 2:33 PM GMT
    ScottCLE saidWhen I wanted to skip workouts I would remind myself why I started in the first place and get ready to go while I re-thought my decision.

    Now I only skip or adjust a workout due to injury. Not going makes me feel awful.

    Some of my best workouts were on days that I would have skipped.

    Boy, this is exactly me. I saw a Gold'd gym t-shirt that said "Every Damn Day" and that pretty much is right. The "out" I give myself is if I get there and just don't feel it, I just do some cardio and stretching and ab work like planks. The other motivator is I weigh myself every damn day first thing, immediately after peeing. So I know, as I start the day, exactly where I am. If I'm down, I'm motivated. If I'm up, I get motivated.
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    Nov 29, 2015 3:05 PM GMT
    I just look at old pictures of myself when I weighted 300 pounds, which gets me moving.
  • SkeletonKey

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    Nov 29, 2015 5:17 PM GMT
    I have people I talk to who I try to hold myself accountable to when it comes to fitness. Seeing their progress and hearing words of encouragement help me. If i cant do the same old, i mix it up and make it more interesting for myself.
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    Nov 29, 2015 5:36 PM GMT
    I've found it is really hard to commit to something if your goal is miles away. Maybe you are trying to hit a PR in some form of weight lifting and it just seems so hard to do. Try starting small and working your way up to the PR. That should be your goal to keep improving and just from their you'll notice you have gotten stronger.

    For me, I've wanted to reduce my total body fat for a long time and it still is a struggle but I continue to try and wean myself off of the unhealthy things in my life. I won't completely remove bad foods because I enjoy eating them; however, understanding moderation is a crucial step in moving towards the right direction. I found life really sucks when you can't enjoy any "junk" foods at all. Therefore, my goal to eat bad foods is to workout harder and harder everyday. It worked for me and I am showing serious results.

    Of course this isn't to say it will apply for everyone because determination and willpower are important things to staying motivated as well, but I think it is a good method to implement.
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    Nov 29, 2015 5:42 PM GMT
    I deleted my earlier post to say simply: Find perfection in the imperfections.
  • gymnerd

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    Nov 29, 2015 6:35 PM GMT
    Just keep at it. Even if you have to make yourself when you don't want to go. Every time you repeat an action your brain literally builds a pathway to repeat the act (its how habits are created). Simply put: the more you go the easier it will get icon_smile.gif
  • tazzari

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    Nov 29, 2015 7:03 PM GMT

    For me, it was clear goals and training companions (and possibly a pinch of Protestant Work Ethic and a pinch of masochism!) But them, I was in competitive sports, and the whole atmosphere helped carry you along.

    We used to get nutritionists in to talk too the team. One takeaway was that an occasional gluttony attack was a good thing: if you dream about a Big Mac, heck, eating one on a rare occasion won't hurt your conditioning, but it will ease your mind. Comfort food and holidays are for comfort and a holiday from discipline. Enjoy them, then get back to it.

    Set goals, keep records (a training log can be a real motivator, though it can also take over from good sense at times).

    Enjoy training.
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    Nov 29, 2015 7:26 PM GMT
    Hang out with fit friends and get a fit BF. It's a lifestyle change.
  • 4sport

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    Nov 29, 2015 8:05 PM GMT
    Make friends with fit guys at the gym. Hang out with them. Do the same workouts and follow the diets they use. You will become like your friends.
  • SilverRRCloud

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    Nov 29, 2015 8:17 PM GMT
    Learn how to be utterly unforgivable.

    Soon, people around will either fear or respect you.

    Fear is better.icon_twisted.gif

    Live by your own rules, and take no prisoners.

    Easy, actually...

    SC
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    Nov 29, 2015 8:17 PM GMT
    Everybody gets burned out once in a while. A few weeks of rest and recovery can be beneficial sometimes. I also find that it helps to do different things in different seasons. For example, I've hardly been near the gym in recent weeks - I've been out in the woods cutting firewood, and before that, building fence. I don't like long bike rides when it's cold, so I'm more likely to spend a short time running intervals this time of year.

    Oh, look... here comes ski season icon_razz.gif
  • tazzari

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    Nov 29, 2015 10:32 PM GMT


    Oh, look... here comes ski season icon_razz.gif[/quote]

    Serious snow at Silverstar, BC, though only the x-c trails are open. Greater Seattle area resorts are marginal or not open yet.

    Man, I'd like to ski again!
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    Nov 30, 2015 1:01 AM GMT
    When I was 29 (48 now), I weighed 275 lbs., had triglycerides of over 1300, and cholesterol of 750. When my doctor told me that I would probably be dead in six months, I changed my life. I later learned that, if I wasn't careful about my hemoglobin A1c levels, I could become diabetic. So, I stay motivated so I can (a) feel good (b) stay on top of my blood levels, and (c) avoid diabetes.
  • Webster666

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    Nov 30, 2015 4:11 AM GMT
    You have to want it (a muscular physique) badly enough to formulate a diet and a workout routine, and stick to them.
    Some people want the body, but they don't want to do the work to get it and to keep it.
    Some people have more success if they have a trainer or a workout partner.
    But, the bottom line is that you've gotta want it.

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    Dec 01, 2015 3:33 AM GMT
    I've been avoiding looking at the long term goals, and just focus on the short term things. Like did I go to the gym today? I did I get any cardio in today? What am I going to be eating for lunch, and are there better alternatives? I think looking at the little things, help you get to the big milestones faster. That's how I lost 30lbs at least. Still have more to go. icon_smile.gif