osu_boy_toy saidI have been working out for afew weeks and I know that i am losing weight. I mean the scale is going down and the clothes are fitting beter. But it seems to me that everytime I go to the gym and I see all the guys and they are fit and trim I get depressed and want to stop working out. Or I will look in the miror and I feel like I have gotten fatter. So I was wondering how you stay motivated to keep working out. Hope you all can help me sty on this path.
You set a vision of your long term goal. When I train for an event, I'll plan it 20 weeks out, or more. When you first start, you wonder if you'll achieve your goal. You keep hammering away on it, until you do.
You have to allow yourself to LIKE YOURSELF. If you look in the mirror and see someone too skinny, then do something about it. If you look in the mirror and see someone too fat, then do something about it. Of course, that's all within reason. You didn't get fat in a week. It took YEARS of bad behavior to end up where you are now. It will take considerable time for you to change yourself. Make a promise to yourself not to go down that path again. If you slip, get back on the wagon, and plunge ahead again. If you do it long enough, you'll find yourself with a different body, self image, and a DIFFERENT LIFESTYLE. When I am 20 weeks out, I don't fuss about not being perfect, because I KNOW I'm just starting my journey to contest shape. I relish the journey. At the end, I say, "Look what I did to myself through discipline, and persistence, and focus, and patience, and hard work." I love watching the transformation and the changes I can effect upon myself. I do it for the challenge, not some weird vanity as the naysayers would have you believe, AND, IT FEELS GOOD.
As you go along in life, like it, or not, you'll find most things worth having aren't always easy. We have to walk into, through, and beyond our comfort zones to the next evolution, whatever that might be.
Do it for the same reason we went to the moon: because you WANT to. As you go along; get in shape; feel better, if you do it right, you'll be feeling better in nearly every part of your life.
Wax on, wax off. Patience, Danielson.
Think I looked like this because of a magic pill, the tooth fairy, or some lucky gene? Of course not! It's the result of all the things I spoke of above, and time....Setting a goal, and working, incrementally, towards it, and knowing that few things in life are permanent.
This is 23 weeks of 8 to 10 meals a day, and 20 weeks of very strict diet, along with 3 a day workouts for 18 weeks.
LOL. Your results may vary.
Lighten up. Hang in. March into, through, to, and beyond, your goals.