What keeps you motivated to work out?

  • warriorguy

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    Nov 09, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    Three weeks ago I started working out with a trainer and being serious about weight loss (first time in nearly a 7 years).

    My trainer keeps me motivated now, but I don't plan on always having a trainer, so I'm concerned about losing my motivation and getting bored.

    What do you guys do to keep with it?

    Background: I'm 28, 270 pounds (gained 50 pounds in last 4 years) and am trying to drop about 100 pounds--going to take awhile *sigh*.

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    Nov 09, 2009 7:34 AM GMT
    the love of the process,.and improvements, no matter how small.
    and you must never never be impatient for results.
    that's my outlook on training.
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    Nov 09, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
    I just had to take three weeks off - it's been due for a while since I have a tendency to overtrain. I really missed it! I train in the morning and it sets up the whole day for me - physically, mentally and emotionally.
    For specifics I use my Hot list here on RJ. I look at the guys who have good builds & take inspiration from them. Sometimes I look at my list before I eat - it really helps me to remember why I'm not eating junk icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 09, 2009 8:13 AM GMT
    The mirror

    I wanna be purdy.

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    OK I enjoy the exercise in itself, but the reason I LIFT rather than anything else is the purdyness. I enjoy lifting, but I prefer being outside.
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    Nov 09, 2009 11:20 AM GMT
    my biggest motivation is my health-I see too many guys my age or younger that have let themselves go, and I will not let myself get to that point-EVER.

    The off chance that someone might see me naked somewhere other than the locker room at the gym is also a great motivator!
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    Nov 09, 2009 12:08 PM GMT
    The main thing (besides the body and the attention it gets, of course) is completely selfish... to shut off for a couple of hours, put on my headphones, and do something that's just for me. I really look forward to my time in the gym because it's time I don't have to deal with anyone else (or their bullshit).

    So, I try to stop viewing training as something I should do and think of it as something I get to do.

    Good luck!
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    Nov 09, 2009 12:10 PM GMT
    the bad health of everyone in my family is a GREAT motivator.
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    Nov 09, 2009 12:31 PM GMT
    A relentless desire to be bigger and gain more muscle, you just have to want it
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    Nov 09, 2009 12:37 PM GMT
    Its an amazing way to relieve stress while keeping yourself in shape. Looking good is not such a bad thing icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 09, 2009 12:48 PM GMT
    I just look at a couple of pictures of myself from five years ago when I was 205 pounds and felt like a slug...

    ...I don't know why I wasn't more active earlier in life - perhaps it was because I was not out and generally unhappy - how times have changed...

    At this point, my body just craves the exercise. The times I end up feeling bad are the rare times when I have to skip a few days for whatever reason. I enjoy making progress and I love the way I feel after a workout.
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    Nov 09, 2009 12:55 PM GMT
    My advice: stick with your trainer and see if you can eventually find a training partner. Being accountable to another person comes in handy on those days when you might otherwise skip.

    To your specific health/fitness situation: first, congratulations on getting started on this journey! Don't focus so much on your eventual goal so much as smaller incremental goals you set for yourself - and celebrate those successes.

    Keep us posted on your progress.
  • drypin

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    Nov 09, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    I think Momentum_Play has the right of it. Stick with the trainer as long as possible and look for a training partner. It's done wonders for helping me stick to my workout and plans. And seeing the progress is a huge motivator in itself... as are the comments from friends and colleagues.
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    Nov 09, 2009 1:46 PM GMT
    First -- congrats on working out! A good trainer is worth their weight in gold to help setup the long-term framework of exercise and nutrition. Helped me immensely about 4 years ago (worked with a great one for about 8 months).

    Motivation for me comes down to a bunch of long and short term things:

    * A desire to keep challenging myself (size wise for muscle -- within reason, distance for running, performance wise overall)

    * A desire to keep healthy as I grow older (and older, and older...)

    * A commitment to keeping in shape for my guy

    * Looking around at most guys around my age and thinking "No f*n way and I going to become like that" (this is Michigan, one of the fattest states in the USA)

    * A pervasive fear that if I stop even for a week, I'll instantly grow back into my 230+lbs fatty days (well over 20 years ago now, but...)

    The long term stuff is good for overall direction/focus, but you probably need something else on a day-to-day level to keep going. There are frustrating times when it seems none of your work is doing anything as well as times where you see results every few days.

    What has helped me in the short term:

    * Like you, a trainer helped get me on course. Had a good one for about 8 months, 3 days a week. Then started tapering off and working out myself most of the time, asking questions of my trainer (1 day a week) and then meeting just once every few weeks for a workout tune-up (once every 2-3 weks) before being done entirely.

    * Having a training partner helps a lot! Ideally, someone you like, respect, has similar goals and you are comfortable with. After my trainer, I enlisted one of my friends and we did great work for 2 years. During that time, just knowing you can't slack off kept me going, even on days when I'd have rather skipped.

    * A good schedule you can stick to helps. If your workouts jump around a lot, it's easy to make them a secondary priority and skip them. For me, best time was early AM because no matter how busy the day was going to be, I got my workout in first (I tried early evening, but everytime I got busy, I would put them off to do work stuff instead). But I think a fixed time/day-of-week schedule that works for you helps build up a pattern/habit that helps reinforce your commitment.

    * Tracking my improvements on the scale, fat %age, heart rate, speed, etc

    That last point helps me a lot on a "short-term" goal basis. I'm one of those annoying "metrics" guys. My scale reports weight and body fat, via WiFi, to my database. I never train without a Garmin 305 heartrate/GPS (which dumps results into the same database). I keep comprehensive weight lifting logs. Once every 2-3 months I will track all my food for a 2 week period to make sure my calories and nutrient mix are working OK.

    I don't spend all day looking at the numbers (collection is mostly all automated, so a few seconds review is enough every few days and I mostly just look at pretty trend graphs rather than raw numbers), but having them helps me re-assure myself I'm doing the right thing when I'm not feeling it and helps me correct things when I'm heading the wrong way. I know this sort of thing is not for everyone (it drove my workout partner batty just knowing I was doing it).

    Once you get a taste of seeing yourself looking better as a direct result of the work you're doing, motivation will come easier. The tough part is staying motivated between those times when you notice a new muscle, a better shape, a new cut showing up, etc.
  • grnranger99

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    Nov 09, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    Hitting the showers with a bunch of hot/sweaty guys afterwards...WOOF!
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    Nov 09, 2009 3:33 PM GMT
    The buzz.
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:04 PM GMT


    There are a number of things, but number one: it's something I do for me. Not necessarily to have a physique anywhere near some of the ones on here, not to keep me eternally young, but just to look after myself - to play the genetic hand I've been dealt the best I can, to get a break from whatever is going on during the day, to zone out with my music and push myself when I feel like and slack off when I feel like; to de-stress and feel cleaner than ever after sweating, stretching a showering. I'm why past seeing work outs as obligations (which never worked for me). I see them as well deserved indulgence.
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    Welcome to the forums, Warriorguy.

    I'm a results-oriented kinda guy. Seeing my body improving motivates me to keep it going.

    The thing that I notice which seems to plague some people is they beat themselves up when they slip in their routine. That sort of attitude can turn two weeks into 3 years for some people. Be easy on yourself and realize that it's not a sprint but a marathon.

    Approaching it as a lifestyle, makes it easier to stay on course.
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    Nov 09, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    Go to Walmart before you work out and look at the people working and shopping in the store. If that won't motivate you to keep working out, NOTHING will.
  • jimjock

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    Nov 09, 2009 4:51 PM GMT

    As an FFP (FORMER FAT PERSON) I am clear on this.


    Know thy self.
    - Aristotle
    Seriously, what motivates you in other areas and plan to apply it similarly.

    #1 Be Positive - It is a mental journey
    #2 Track your measurable progress
    #3 Set yourself up for success
    #4 Be prepared for weakness
    #5 Commit to Consistency!
    #6 Understand your body

    Here we go, pay attention... opportunity knocks softly sometimes.

    Make a mantra that you can internalize each time you enter a password. Take the first letter of the phrase and end it with the next goal weight as the number. CHECK THIS: Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels ###
    So you say it each and every time you login NTAGATF200 and then NTAGATF195, NTAGATF190... Got it..? Make it a positive affirmation of your daily commitment to you... This works for me.. and now it is easy to recall and keep up with if you have to mix case of the letters, upper and lower, and a number. JUST KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE.

    When you workout count backwards ...3, 2, won! Be positive!

    Dropping the weight is good.. CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO - Don't run, use the elliptical at the gym! Forwards and backwards... Go for time first then go for resistance... then increase resistance, and incline. Your ass will disappear and drop and the incline will make it hard and lift again! TRUST ME ON THIS!

    Find a buddy that you are intimately comfortable with, hang a sheet, strip down to your underwear and take pictures! Front, side, Back, side... and do it regularly and frequently. Date the photo series each time the same way and you can watch the metamorphosis. Also, take measurements with each session. Your cock wont get bigger but it will look larger in proportion to your shrinking so that for me as a white guy is motivation enough. icon_eek.gif

    Willpower begins at the grocery store. Simple to do and say. If you do not buy it and bring it home you can't eat it. That said, have quick grab it and satisfy snacks that are healthy. For me I chose grapes. I love them and as an athlete I am guilty of never hydrating enough. I get a fair amount of hydration from fruit like cantaloupe, watermelon, and grapes. Damn they are good real cold too so if you pop them in the freezer for a short period. I like them particularly on the road. More importantly, don't punish yourself. If you want an Oreo cookie, have one or two, but have them and don't kill yourself over them. Satisfy that craving and you will own the desire. You will also find that certain foods satiate your cravings. Spicy foods like pepper, cinnamon, hot-spicy, and bitter will work for you. Soup first is key. It will quell hunger with the right kind of nourishment. Eat for nutrition and always burn more than you take in. Think of eating and exercise as the right kind of deficit spending. Spend the stored energy - ie. stored body fat faster than what you take in and it will melt away.

    Get your music and make it positive: 3 Doors Down- It's Not My Time, Robbie Williams- Let Me Entertain You, David Bisbol- Voy Calentado (I'm just warming up)... and don't plan on mixing it up until you turn 50 years old or something equally so ridiculous in the future you wont need this trick.

    You will involuntarily react to your own music in the same order and find it is your walk out of the locker room music, go to the cardio music, do your abs music, and then move to the weights music... got it? Your own motivating theme music. ROCK IT MAN... just keep that cock hidden until you are alone then rock that too!

    THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART-
    Another thing that will happen is that you have headphones in, no one talks with head phones and focus so you don't get social. Social means distraction, and then the person you are social with will think it is time to talk not time for you. F*** that. I might get called rude, but if I see someone I know and they insist on talking beyond the acknowledge nod-up, I then hold up my hand with fingers open while mouthing silently "five minutes" and they will stop. If they come back later do it again. Keep doing this until they realize you aren't talking. If they want to talk look at them in disbelief and keep working out. Drip on them and they will go away! Seems rude, but you are there for you. If you want a sense of community remember you are here and we have our cocks out! HEHE. If they are so hot to talk to you they should have called when you weren't at the gym. You may go from zero to dick-head in this but you won't be distracted.

    Committing to consistency is self-explanatory. Make time for you before you plan on movies, dates, masturbating, vacations, etc. Yes, if something is going to conflict with your you time figure out your priorities.

    WARRIORGUY - LOOK AT MY PROFILE - At 5'8.5" I weighed 210 lbs. I got down to 160 and here I am today. Reach me if you want to talk weights. I Don't move more than 50 lbs. NO BS... no more than 50 Lbs. I don't do free weights yet. I started with cardio, moved to band machines and fixed range of motion pieces (HammerStrength MTX), added cable like Universal Gym and HumanSport. I found that developing my stabilizer muscles was integral in growing my body's strength and endurance. Without these first I would not be able to reach for the muscles that make that manly physique. Plan on cutting not bulking. Trim away the pounds with Cardio - drink lots of water, eat right, get rest and sleep (they are different from each other) and rely on yourself. Training buddies are for bulk and muscles. I won't tell you more now. This has to be one of the longest replies. Reach me directly for more inspiration and I will willingly share some before photos for inspiration.

    Be well my friend, and it is a process...
    You will hear...
    "wow, you look younger"
    "did you lose more weight?"
    "is your cock bigger?"


    HOPE IT HELPS
    jimjock - but you can call me Jim
  • jimjock

    Posts: 278

    Nov 09, 2009 4:51 PM GMT

    As an FFP (FORMER FAT PERSON) I am clear on this.


    Know thy self.
    - Aristotle
    Seriously, what motivates you in other areas and plan to apply it similarly.

    #1 Be Positive - It is a mental journey
    #2 Track your measurable progress
    #3 Set yourself up for success
    #4 Be prepared for weakness
    #5 Commit to Consistency!
    #6 Understand your body

    Here we go, pay attention... opportunity knocks softly sometimes.

    Make a mantra that you can internalize each time you enter a password. Take the first letter of the phrase and end it with the next goal weight as the number. CHECK THIS: Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin Feels ###
    So you say it each and every time you login NTAGATF200 and then NTAGATF195, NTAGATF190... Got it..? Make it a positive affirmation of your daily commitment to you... This works for me.. and now it is easy to recall and keep up with if you have to mix case of the letters, upper and lower, and a number. JUST KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE.

    When you workout count backwards ...3, 2, won! Be positive!

    Dropping the weight is good.. CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO - Don't run, use the elliptical at the gym! Forwards and backwards... Go for time first then go for resistance... then increase resistance, and incline. Your ass will disappear and drop and the incline will make it hard and lift again! TRUST ME ON THIS!

    Find a buddy that you are intimately comfortable with, hang a sheet, strip down to your underwear and take pictures! Front, side, Back, side... and do it regularly and frequently. Date the photo series each time the same way and you can watch the metamorphosis. Also, take measurements with each session. Your cock wont get bigger but it will look larger in proportion to your shrinking so that for me as a white guy is motivation enough. icon_eek.gif

    Willpower begins at the grocery store. Simple to do and say. If you do not buy it and bring it home you can't eat it. That said, have quick grab it and satisfy snacks that are healthy. For me I chose grapes. I love them and as an athlete I am guilty of never hydrating enough. I get a fair amount of hydration from fruit like cantaloupe, watermelon, and grapes. Damn they are good real cold too so if you pop them in the freezer for a short period. I like them particularly on the road. More importantly, don't punish yourself. If you want an Oreo cookie, have one or two, but have them and don't kill yourself over them. Satisfy that craving and you will own the desire. You will also find that certain foods satiate your cravings. Spicy foods like pepper, cinnamon, hot-spicy, and bitter will work for you. Soup first is key. It will quell hunger with the right kind of nourishment. Eat for nutrition and always burn more than you take in. Think of eating and exercise as the right kind of deficit spending. Spend the stored energy - ie. stored body fat faster than what you take in and it will melt away.

    Get your music and make it positive: 3 Doors Down- It's Not My Time, Robbie Williams- Let Me Entertain You, David Bisbol- Voy Calentado (I'm just warming up)... and don't plan on mixing it up until you turn 50 years old or something equally so ridiculous in the future you wont need this trick.

    You will involuntarily react to your own music in the same order and find it is your walk out of the locker room music, go to the cardio music, do your abs music, and then move to the weights music... got it? Your own motivating theme music. ROCK IT MAN... just keep that cock hidden until you are alone then rock that too!

    THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART-
    Another thing that will happen is that you have headphones in, no one talks with head phones and focus so you don't get social. Social means distraction, and then the person you are social with will think it is time to talk not time for you. F*** that. I might get called rude, but if I see someone I know and they insist on talking beyond the acknowledge nod-up, I then hold up my hand with fingers open while mouthing silently "five minutes" and they will stop. If they come back later do it again. Keep doing this until they realize you aren't talking. If they want to talk look at them in disbelief and keep working out. Drip on them and they will go away! Seems rude, but you are there for you. If you want a sense of community remember you are here and we have our cocks out! HEHE. If they are so hot to talk to you they should have called when you weren't at the gym. You may go from zero to dick-head in this but you won't be distracted.

    Committing to consistency is self-explanatory. Make time for you before you plan on movies, dates, masturbating, vacations, etc. Yes, if something is going to conflict with your you time figure out your priorities.

    WARRIORGUY - LOOK AT MY PROFILE - At 5'8.5" I weighed 210 lbs. I got down to 160 and here I am today. Reach me if you want to talk weights. I Don't move more than 50 lbs. NO BS... no more than 50 Lbs. I don't do free weights yet. I started with cardio, moved to band machines and fixed range of motion pieces (HammerStrength MTX), added cable like Universal Gym and HumanSport. I found that developing my stabilizer muscles was integral in growing my body's strength and endurance. Without these first I would not be able to reach for the muscles that make that manly physique. Plan on cutting not bulking. Trim away the pounds with Cardio - drink lots of water, eat right, get rest and sleep (they are different from each other) and rely on yourself. Training buddies are for bulk and muscles. I won't tell you more now. This has to be one of the longest replies. Reach me directly for more inspiration and I will willingly share some before photos for inspiration.

    Be well my friend, and it is a process...
    You will hear...
    "wow, you look younger"
    "did you lose more weight?"
    "is your cock bigger?"


    HOPE IT HELPS
    jimjock7- but you can call me Jim
  • jimjock

    Posts: 278

    Nov 09, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
    Yes I posted it twice... Read it again and again and again! INTERNALIZE THE WISDOM OF THE POST and I really like the posts above.

    YOU HAVE TO FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.. These guys above are inspirational... and YOU MUST PAY IT FORWARD.. INSPIRE SOMEONE ELSE... and always be kind and help one another.

    I work out like my life depends on it.
    Because it does.

    I ONLY COMPETE WITH MY YESTERDAY!


    jimjock7
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 09, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
    better sleep
    better sex
    cuts stress
    look and feel better, in and out of clothing

    Benefits of working out are too many to list!!!!!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 09, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    Because if I lose my 6 pack they won't let me in the clubs when I go to L.A. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 09, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    <<<< look >>>>Do I need to say anything>?

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    Nov 09, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    This is why I need a personal trainer so I can get motivated. I wish there was a spot on this site that listed personal trainers who are members of Real Jock.