The thing you hate about trying to get into shape

  • Timbales

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    Nov 07, 2007 2:26 AM GMT
    As a life-long fatty who's trying to get into shape and be healthier (and more attractive) the thing I hate the most is having to have patience. Especially when I'm in kick-boxing class and I can see what my body wants to look like under the excess bulk.

    Someday it'll be there, but I still feel like the episode of AbFab when Edina says "What you don't understand is there's a thin person inside me screaming to get out!" and her mother replies "Just the one dear?"
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    Nov 07, 2007 3:34 AM GMT
    Amen, brother. I hate workout clothing that feels uncomfortable. I hate having to suck it in and throw back my shoulders when I pass by the full-length mirrors. I hate the hazy fog that accompanies a morning lift after one too many martinis. But I love love love those terrific moments in which my trainer gets excited about an extra 10-pound plate on each side of the bar. And those snippets when, walking to your car in a sweaty tank and pumped arms, you get cruised and cruised and cruised. Priceless.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 07, 2007 11:19 AM GMT
    For the most part I love working out
    ...but squeezin in a workout when I'm tired or stressed for time is sometimes a pain in the ass
  • sandiegovince

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    Nov 07, 2007 1:40 PM GMT
    I love working out--I look forward to going to the gym everyday. The biggest problem--diet! I make my living in the kitchen and I'm surrounded by food all day--the temptations such as deep dark chocolate chip cookies freshly baked from the oven are often to irresistible. All those sweet delicious empty carbs can kill your diet! Auuugh!!!
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    Nov 07, 2007 1:44 PM GMT
    Truthfully? That it takes so damn long!
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    Nov 07, 2007 3:22 PM GMT
    I hate that I keep falling off the wagon.
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    Nov 07, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    I used to hate my workouts but now I really enjoy them, as well as the interaction at the gym. But with a 60 minute weight workout (longer if I am tired) and a two-mile run, and then shower and shave, I am at the gym for 2 - 3 hours. I wish I could somehow make it go faster.

    And my ex was the gym's kickboxing teacher. When he left (the gym and me) they didn't have a replacement and so I am stuck running again, as that's the only other cardio that works for me.

    Chasersprize, don't beat yourself up over falling off the wagon. Just get done with what you can and then try again the next day. You will fall off the wagon a lot if you make the experience one that you dread for fear of failing at it. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 07, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    When I'm way busy - that's a stress/strain, but I always feel good when I do it anyway. It's true that having to wait to see the number on the scale change can be frustrating, but I find that almost nothing is as motivating (as long as the needle slides the direction that you want it to) icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 07, 2007 3:39 PM GMT
    This morning, I woke up and felt great!

    When I was shaving, I looked at my(naked)self in the mirror, and thought I looked great!

    So, I tried to take photo of myself since I was feeling good...and then looked at the photo...and then wasn't feeling all that great icon_sad.gif

    That's what I hate, LOL!

    BUT...!

    That's also what is pushing me to keep on working out.

    I want to look as FANTASTIC as I feel icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 07, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    I love getting in shape (well, I never really get out of shape, but, going into a contest I change my training priorities).

    The neatest thing is how you can transform your body through science, discipline, work, and patience. AND....it feels awesome. When I'm down to that last six weeks before a show, and it all dials in...there's nothing like it.

    I LIKE STAYING in shape. It feels good.

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    Nov 07, 2007 5:31 PM GMT
    I hate that you work and work and work but the results come very slow ..
    Needs a lot of patience which I don't have..icon_neutral.gif ..
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 07, 2007 6:29 PM GMT
    I think it depends, if it is important to you patience shouldn't be the problem. If you really want it, the results will come and you will feel better and better, physically, mentally, emotionally!! It's better to lose patience with doing nothing. That is putting patience to better use. IMHO

    good luck stick with it.
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    Nov 07, 2007 8:24 PM GMT
    If results are coming real slowly, ask yourself why. Yes, it takes time, but, what defines slowly?

    In the case of Chaser, it could take months for him to look halfway decent, but, one should be able to see a noticeable change in him in just a few weeks. He has a number of mental issues needing addressed, and lacks any real stick-to-it-tive-ness, coupled with ongoing self-pity, and so he is his own worst enemy.

    If you're an average person (not real fat, and not real skinny) and, let's say your goal is getting "bigger" (more muscle weight), and you don't see gains in a month or two, then, you might be training like an idiot.

    Time and again, I've seen guys bust ass at the gym and eat stupidly.

    Gay guys, especially the young ones, have a tendency to starve themselves. I have to giggle when I see someone 5'11 and 130. I have to shudder when I see someone 6 ft and 120. Many are to thin.

    I give myself 18 weeks to go from 12% fat to about 3% fat. That's really not that long, and it flies by.

    Chaser fails across the board. It's not just the food, and weight he talks about, but, is in a job he doesn't like and so on, yet......doesn't make moves towards active change, thus, after hearing it a bunch of times, and having told him a bunch of time, you realize that he likes being miserable and failing on a regular basis. What Chaser doesn't understand is that success is by design. You come up with a plan, execute it, reach the goal, and repeat.

    If he was on the football team, they'd throw him off for non-performance, or..they'd throw him off for ruining team morale.

    He should be coming back, tooting his horn saying stuff like "I walked 30 minutes today. I think I'll go for 45 tomorrow."

    If premature death isn't enough to inspire someone I don't know what is. Feeling good?
  • asupas

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    Nov 07, 2007 10:33 PM GMT
    Some people have severe emotional problems that impede their health and fitness goals. Ripping them apart (especially publicly) doesn't help their situation.

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    Nov 07, 2007 10:53 PM GMT
    I love/hate legs. Sore for too long and it impedes cardio at times.

    And hob goblins that cruise and lurk.
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    Nov 08, 2007 12:27 AM GMT
    asupas, being an enabler is even worse.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 08, 2007 2:06 AM GMT
    I see results, changes and improvements. I try to appreciate the milestones and be patient. I'm not an ex-jock who let himself go and is getting back into shape. It's all new for me, and you can't just reverse 30+ years overnight.
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    Nov 08, 2007 5:13 AM GMT
    People who steal benches/weights that you're still using.

    Example... I got up after a hard set today to get a drink of water. I was only gone for about 20 seconds. Left the weights, my towel, and my notebook on the bench.

    I came back to find the notebook and towel replaced with some guy using the bench and the weights.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 08, 2007 6:17 AM GMT
    That is true Timber, but you'd be surprised what you can do! Keep going..

    Good luck.

    peace.

    mike3