How do you stay motivated to work out?

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    Sep 21, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    I 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.
  • JP85257

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    Sep 21, 2009 9:22 PM GMT
    Endorphins. Simple as that for me.

    "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people DONT just kill their husbands....They just dont!'
  • Webster666

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    Sep 21, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    You've gotta WANT it !
    You've gotta want it badly enough to set up a workout schedule, and stick to it, no matter what.
    It doesn't sound like you want it badly enough...
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    Sep 21, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    JP85257 saidEndorphins. Simple as that for me.

    "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people DONT just kill their husbands....They just dont!'



    oh no, you didn't just quote that!
  • Sparkycat

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    You stop trying to look for reasons to quit. Then it's a simple matter of deciding if you want the results enough to do the work. Nothing is easy. Deal with it.
  • JP85257

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    IM excited I get to go see my trainer tomorrow. He said he is gonna wreck me this week and Im almost nerveous.
  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    Stick to it for a year and then come back and ask. I don't think I got anything positive out of it for the first six months except sore muscles and maybe a little bit of size on my arms.
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    u actually know the problem. stop looking at other guys.
    or just do what i do. l look at them searching for motivation.
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    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.

    9730_176046.jpg

    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.
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    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.


    Okay a couple of things keep me motivated to go to the gym. The Endorphines. I get depressed rather easily so keeping my mind busy keeps all that way. The next perk, the MEN! I used to work at a job where I was paid to check out the guys and getting them in to great looking out fits. Since I dont have that anymore, well this is the next best thing. I go for the eye candy and even some of the playful straight guys that catch me will be like LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? Sometimes get a little more hah... I feel like a slut now. Plus, I see myself bettering myself and my body. Alot of these guys have great tips and I end up making a new friends. Works for me so hopefully this works for you. Oh and dont get discouraged cause you see a guy with a nicer body. Want that body! Ask yourself what you can do to get that body. Thats what I do. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:42 AM GMT
    JP85257 saidEndorphins. Simple as that for me.

    "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people DONT just kill their husbands....They just dont!'


    He did and Im pissed cause I wanted to bust that one. icon_evil.gif
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    What up! I myself at one time reached 250+ pounds. It's a hard journey traveled. stay focused on those days that threaten you emotionally. Get a couple of key songs on your Ipod that will motivate you physically. Maybe partner up w/ someone that will encourage you. Mix it up a bit everyday so your not just hitting the same routine which can become overwhelmingly boring. Most of all keep your mind clear of anything negative that might discourage you and remember your goal, keep that insight!

    Best of Luck
    Hillie
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    Sep 22, 2009 8:53 AM GMT
    "I have been working out for a few weeks and I know that I am losing weight. I mean the scale is going down and the clothes are fitting *better."

    That should be more than enough motivation. icon_wink.gif
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    I have been going for a good while and I'm *barely* starting to see results (poor food consumption,) and it feels great! I enjoy going to the gym because while I'm there I do not think about anything else but lifting.
    You could try joining a small privately owned gym; they might cost more but you don't have to worry about how you might see a new 'hot' guy. You'll get used to seeing the same people there and should find it easier to focus.
    You won't feel as self-conscious. (It worked for me.)

    *I hate doing cardio- because it's so boring... but I find that mixing in another activity really helps. Learn Japanese! Trying to memorize the various scripts will make time fly by.

    Remember, you are going to the gym to workout, NOT socialize.

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    Sep 22, 2009 8:54 AM GMT
    Ghen said
    JP85257 saidEndorphins. Simple as that for me.

    "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people DONT just kill their husbands....They just dont!'



    oh no, you didn't just quote that!



    Best quote ever.
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    Sep 22, 2009 9:03 AM GMT
    Don't look at to your physique for results on a weekly basis. Think about it as a lifelong journey. KNOW that you'll get there eventually and have fun with the journey
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    Sep 22, 2009 12:52 PM GMT
    fortunate for me i made friends at my gym and friends with the staff so they motivate me to keep coming back and if im gone for a while they make sure to crack jokes on me for slacking.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 22, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    chuckystud said


    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.

    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.



    Chucky has some good advice here. Don't compare yourself to others, focus on your goals and implement. A trainer might also be of help.
    Good luck!
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    I went to a gym with a lot of badly out of shape guys who were there for the sauna. That motivated me FAR more than eye candy. I do not want to look like that in 5 years (and some of these guys were younger than me icon_eek.gif )
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    great words of advice so far!

    it was also tough for me in the beginning, i couldn't quite get a decent schedule or rhythm started. i used to also be intimidated by the other guys, then it clicked that i can't compare myself to these guys who have been at it for several years as opposed to me just starting out.

    now, i LOVE going to the gym, especially after modifying workouts and seeing great results and remarks from people.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    I don't workout to get big, I just workout to stay fit and healthy...and to keep any stress at bay. My motivation is the idea of being unfit and unhealthy...okay, and the fact that I don't want to wakeup one day and find my pecs hanging down to my knees icon_eek.gif
  • CAtoFL

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    Great suggestions above!

    Sometimes, progress is tough to see and we're actually achieving it more than we think at the time. An old trick people use is to take a shirtless picture of themselves at the same time every week (say, every Sunday before breakfast). Your week to week pics might show minor changes, but when you compare day one to a month in, you'll see what you've accomplished. When you have a visual record of how well you're doing, it can help increase your motivation. And, after you've reached your goal, you'll have that day one pic to help motivate you 'not to go back there'.

    Above all, keep at it. It's all about priorities. If it's important enough to you, you'll stay committed to it and you'll get your results. It is NOT about the other guys in the gym, it's about YOU.
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    Masturbate after every workout.

    You'll either A) love to finish your workout, or B) begin to hate masturbation.
  • JP85257

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    Sep 22, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidMasturbate after every workout.

    You'll either A) love to finish your workout, or B) begin to hate masturbation.
    I usually just do it after I eat lol. That could be why I got fat.
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    go to the gym with the hottest guys...
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    charlitos saidgo to the gym with the hottest guys...


    I´d go with you, but (1) you´d be ashamed of me in public and (2) You live 1000s of miles away

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