Chasersprize' Motivational Thread of the Week

  • iHavok

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    Oct 08, 2007 1:55 PM GMT
    Okay,
    So it's a new week.
    What's your goals for this week? What are you proud of from last week?
    Anything good new trends you have begun? Any specific difficulties you can foresee encountering this week?

  • Alan95823

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    Oct 08, 2007 3:45 PM GMT
    Chaser, if it's any help, here are some of my goals for the week:

    1. Get the last of refined sugar out of my diet
    2. Increase the daily crunches from 100 to 150
    3. Get my jumprope cardio past 100 revolutions without tripping over it.
    4. Increase the weight in my strength training by 5-10 lbs per exercise
    5. Drink more water than I did last week.
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    Oct 08, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    This is GREAT....people helping people...this is what this site is supposed to be about...and why I joined...not some of the evil, hatred, name calling Ive experienced thus far....lets all help this guy and give him some support...building people up instead of taking them down feels so much better to the soul....at least it should...if it doesnt, go get professional help for your disorders....kudos to Briar Hawk...
    Cmon Chaser....some of us have your back...dont let us down...take advantage of all this support...Im sure more is to come...Looking to hear from you with action!!!

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    Oct 08, 2007 7:02 PM GMT
    Munificient. Truly. Very high-minded of all of you all -- Briar, Alan, Masc -- to extend a brotherly helping hand to another member in such a big-hearted way.

    Pity, that your benevolence will most likely be scorned contemptuously, if not over-looked completely. Hasn't everyone realized yet that Chasersprize only wants someone -- anyone -- to tell him that there is absolutely nothing wrong with his lifestyle, circumstances or attitude? Isn't it obvious to the rest of you that he never takes anybody's advice, or ever demonstrates an iota of gratitude for the kind-hearted consideration and time invested on his behalf? Your laudable, and often, very authoritative, recommendations will never be taken seriously -- not if you are the slightest bit fit or attractive -- because as A&F models you surely only exist to ridicule others. Harsh enough? I hope so.

    I also hope Chaser proves me wrong and accepts the assistance being extended to him instead of the other 80 000+ members.
    *gladly bakes a reserve of humble pie, just in case*

  • iHavok

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    Oct 08, 2007 7:18 PM GMT
    I understand there's a good chance this thread won't be taken in the spirit it was created, but that's the chance you take when trying to help someone. Way too often those efforts are seen as charity or condescending, however it's spelled.

    I feel good, because I made an effort to help someone today. Yeah he might not accept this effort, but i have no control over that, so I'm not worried about that.
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    Oct 08, 2007 7:30 PM GMT
    same with me BriarHawk....same with me...good people try to help others...no matter the odds of the outcome....you have to try...Im happy to try to help this guy with moral support...its way better than tearing him down further like others are!!! I jsut dont understand that!!
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    Oct 08, 2007 7:57 PM GMT
    Nice isn't always the most effective approach, especially when it's been overused and taken for granted.
    Sometimes the kindest thing is to smack a fellow hard on the back of the head and shout Wake up; Snap out of it!
    My intention is to help, not to tear anyone down. Some people will get it, and some just don't understand that. [!!!]
  • iHavok

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    Oct 08, 2007 8:01 PM GMT
    I have to admit, I haven't been the nicest to Chaser, but why not work to fix some of the mean things I've said in the past?
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    Oct 08, 2007 8:58 PM GMT
    I'd love to disagree with Aero, but I don't feel that there's anything he's saying that is untrue. I want Chaser to get healthy as much as anyone here (who doesn't love a good success story?), but I think that Aero is right on the money when he points out that there are times when people just need a good slap to the head to get them to turn around, and it seems like Chaser sometimes needs that.

    Then again, I hope Aero will have to eat that humble pie and I'll have to have a taste of crow. That would mean that Chaser's amenable to taking good advice and motivation when it's given, since I haven't really seen evidence of that to this point.
  • Alan95823

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    Oct 08, 2007 9:22 PM GMT
    I'm too new to know anyone's history, and I've been out of shape for too long to throw stones anywhere.

    The primary reason I'm here, on this website, is because hanging around with people who exercise regularly is the best way for me to shift my thinking patterns into a healthier lifestyle. Sure, no one else is going to do it for me, but surrounding myself with folks (even online!) who are living the way I want to live really does help.

    My morning crunches have turned into the time I wake up and start planning my day, instead of grumbling about doing them. My daily workouts bolster my pride, because when I'm done and heading for the shower I'm thinking "Yay! I worked out again!".

    My dietary changes are more of a challenge than a chore.. I still want to make fabulous food, I just want to make sure it's absolutely healthy and what my body needs. (currying eggplant and cauliflower with some grilled chicken on the side, later.)

    I've got today off, and while I was nibbling some carrots I was watching "You are what you eat" on the BBC channel. I've never seen that show before, and my word, what an eye-opener it was! It just added more fuel to the life-changing fire I've got going.

    Hooray for positive change!
  • iHavok

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    Oct 08, 2007 9:38 PM GMT
    Speaking of positive change, and I hesitate to be so pushy, but can we try to keep this particular thread for positive suggestions or words of encouragement for Chaser?

    There are other threads about being positive towards other people in different scenarios, why don't we try little to start with right here. One thread, one positive approach...

    just a request...


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    Oct 08, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    Bully for you Alan! I completely agree with this statement:

    Alan95823The primary reason I'm here, on this website, is because hanging around with people who exercise regularly is the best way for me to shift my thinking patterns into a healthier lifestyle.


    I do the same thing. I have a lot of unhealthy people around me in my daily life, so it's nice to be able to communicate with people who live healthy lives.

    I'll celebrate something in this thread, so that my contributions to it aren't all on the negative.

    In the next week or two I am going to be investing in an entirely new wardrobe (well, some things I already have I'll just get tailored so they fit right). Since changing my eating and exercise patterns over the last few months practically everything in my closet has become way, way too loose for me to wear. I look like a hobo sometimes because everything just hangs off me instead of fitting correctly.

    My other goal for the week is to maintain a calorie intake of 1600-1700 a day. I've slowly weaned myself down over the last month after averaging 2200 or so a day previously.
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    Oct 08, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    Get addicted to endorphins, the runner's high. It's the best.
    Also, sweets make you feel terrible. If you cut out sweets long enough, you will feel better. This improvement is imperceptible until you pig out on sweets again, but once you do the connection is obvious.
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    Oct 08, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    thanks to all who keep this thread positive in spirit and refrain from the negativity that others seem to spew with every opinion they express....its not welcome here!!! Lets try to support our fellow man...not tear him down!!!
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Oct 08, 2007 10:05 PM GMT
    Can I get in on that group hug?

    Mike
  • iHavok

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    Oct 08, 2007 10:43 PM GMT
    My goals for the week are to:

    A) Monitor my caloric intake closely. I have a bad tendency to "eyeball" amounts, and someone posted "dieter's underestimate, etc." I'd like to make sure I'm sticking to the diet I have set out for myself.

    B) Re-evaluate the diet I have set out for myself. I need to double check my BMR and BMI, because they probably have changed since I've lost 30lbs since I originally set down the diet, and I think I need to do a little tweeking so i can continue to benefit from the work i'm putting in.

    C) Prepare myself to start lean and strong work out plan. I want to have everything I need and know the exercises so I don't waste time at the gym trying to figure out what to do. I also need to make sure i bring all the correct equipment that my gym does not already have. Goal A ties into this one closely, because I don't see any point in working at a highly structured work out plan if I'm not going to continue with that amount of structure in my diet.

    That's what I'm up to this week. Oh yeah and there's helping stuff give away bags for the "Think Pink" week next week, which will satisfy my urge make the world a better place, at least for this week.
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    Oct 08, 2007 10:54 PM GMT
    Medecine usually tastes bad.
    I won't defend what I've posted. My intentions are good if not popular or evident to all.
    One just needs to skim his last 3 or 4 postings to understand where I am coming from.
    He asks for advice, seeks motivation and sympathy and then he barely responds to offerings of either.
  • Squarejaw

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    Oct 08, 2007 11:50 PM GMT
    I want to weigh 188 by next Monday. That's in line with goal of being 184 by Halloween. My best friend is making me a Huggy Bear outfit (which may turn into a Slutty Bear outfit before the night is over).
  • iHavok

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    Oct 09, 2007 3:48 AM GMT
    Huggy Bear, Slutty Bear, it's all good fun when it comes to Halloween!

    Sure beats my Edgar Rice Burrough's green Martian idea!
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    Oct 09, 2007 4:17 AM GMT
    Motivational tips:

    Out with anger, in with love.

    I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way....etc..etc.

    I'll gladly get into the group hugs with all you guys, and I'm looking forward to the bakeoff as well. Just don't let Chaser eat all the cakes!
  • Squarejaw

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    Oct 09, 2007 7:00 AM GMT
    McGay, I meant an actual bear costume. But not like a school mascot. Well...you'll see.
  • art_smass

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    Oct 09, 2007 2:38 PM GMT
    I'm starting a budget this week. I shudder when I think of the word budget, but I'm actually out of debt for the first time in my adult life. Now I have to figure out how to hang on to the money I have. I'd rather work out eight hours a day. Thinking about money stresses me out.
  • Laurence

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    Oct 09, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    My goals this week are to eat healthily, exercise with determination and get all the plans for my civil commitment ceremony finalised (phew, this marriage lark is very time consuming, I can't imagine why Liz Taylor has done it so often).

    Also I hate to agree with non total positivity on this forum. But Aero is right we really shouldn't molly-coddle Chaserprize, he needs to know it's a jungle out there and only by sticking to a healthy lifestyle does he stand a chance of over-coming those demons and meeting cute guys.

    Loz
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    Oct 09, 2007 3:38 PM GMT
    I think that this is a great topic, and not just for one person in particular. I get a lot out of hearing about other guys' goals, struggles, and successes.

    I've been sick with this bug that going around (along with getting over exhaustion from all the programs at the beginning of the academic year), so my goal is to get back into the swing of workouts. I'm at least lucky that I have really gained any weight even though I took a week off. I finished off my last workout of Week 9 of the Strong & Lean program here, and boy was I tired. It was a good tired though.

    My Halloween costume is to be a swashbuckler, so I would love to get a few more pounds off to fit into a more form fitting outfit. The big motivator is that I'm heading down to Florida in January to visit my ex, and I want to really look in shape on the St. Pete beaches ;-). I'll also be turning 44 then, so I want my next year to be looking hot and ready for the next man to walk into my life.
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    Oct 09, 2007 4:06 PM GMT
    this thread is completely off track....look at the title...is your name Chasersprize?? its not about your goals...its about HIS!!! UGH!! Its a post to help one person "chasersprize" get his life on track...its about his goals...