What Motivates You??

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    Mar 09, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    I have a hard time not being lazy. I want a nice body, but i'm just not motivated I see all these guys with nice body and here i am continue to gain weight and a gut. I used to be fit but now everything "image wise" is going down.

    So help me out motivate me haha. What motivates you?icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 12:11 AM GMT
    Get ya arse off the lounge!! icon_razz.gif

    Actually, I'm not sure what motivates me but I simply wont fail, it might take me longer then I'd expected, it might get there by other means, but if I want it, I'm going to have it, everything be damned, that's not to say that I am afraid of failure, I have failed at many things, actually, I've failed at one point at everything I have tried to do in some way, but ultimately failure isn't bad, it's a good thing, it's what you learn from but it's the desire to not fail that makes me find another way of accomplishing what ever it is I want.

    I honestly can't say what it is that made me that way, I don't really understand the internal process that goes on in my head either but the guilt of giving up weights on me like having a ten ton truck sitting on me and I simply can't stand feeling that.

    I can tell you one thing though that will really get me moving, I ask my self why I want it, whats the reason, what will it do for me obtaining what ever it is I want.

    Then I just start working slowly and surely towards what I want and I don't stop until I get there.
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    Vanity Motivates me more than anythingicon_exclaim.gif
    I'v chosen the most beautiful trainer in the gym[body wise] to get my ass in gear, He has the body i pray for ...I walked up to him one day and said ' I WANT TO LOOK LIKE YOU', [of course he smiled], then i asked if he'd run a train on me......
    I mean i asked him if he'd train me,,,,,thats what i ment to say of courseicon_wink.gif........I'm seeing some great results and EVERYONE comments on my new and improved physique these days...
    COME ON GUY, GET TOUGHicon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    Honestly, my main fitness motivation is to look good, and thus feel good. It's completely vain, but it works when you put on a pair of jeans and feel the extra room, when you go out in public with a spring of confidence in your step.

    A lot of people think that means I don't like fat people. A few people have even asked me if I still want to be their friend, because I'm (relatively) skinny now and they're still overweight. I don't care, really. And I actually like seeing fat people in the gym. They're doing something, not just bitching. I want to go up to them and say "Good for you, don't let anybody keep you down," but I have a feeling that'd just scare them.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Mar 10, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    I just want to look good and feel happy when I catch my reflection at the mall or walking down the street; There were many of time when I would see what I looked like and I would get embarrassed and not want to be there anymore. icon_redface.gif


    You Can do it! Get a personal trainer to help get you started and get and keep you on the right track icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
    I do it to stay healthy, primarily. Looks are just the bonus. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    Clothes motivate me for the most part. It is about how they feel on me and how I look in them. Some of the posts here are great, but the one that stood out to me was liltanker's. No need to make a big production out of it. Figure out why and just do it. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    I am motivated by the idea of being healthy and the fact I like to be challanged.
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    My main purpose is to stay fit. I used to be woefully out of shape and I feel so much better now. I'd hate to slide back into that situation.

    Looking good is a bonus.
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Kickstart saidMy main purpose is to stay fit. I used to be woefully out of shape and I feel so much better now. I'd hate to slide back into that situation.

    Looking good is a bonus.


    It is one hell of a bonus
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    It may be boredom that's conquering you. Try thinking outside of the box. Instead of going to the gym try something like hiking, climbing, flag football, racquetball, volleyball, swimming, skiing, rowing, biking, basketball, etc. Do something that's fun, rather than the mundane routine of a gym or running.

    Good luck, brotha. Life's too good to waste on the couch. :-)
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    Mar 10, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    There are a few things that keep me motivated to look my best and keep fit. I will make a list of them and they are not in any given order. I just DO IT!!!

    1. I love to keep fit and work out so I can feel fit and healthy. If I take charge of my life and do what I can to be in shape I know that I will feel and look my best. I keep fit so I will be healthy. My dad is suffering many obese related illnesses now and these could have been avoided.

    2. Exercise is good for my mind and keeps my happy levels up. In this day you need all the good vibe you can get and keeping depression away with getting up and doing something is the best way

    3. The sheer vanity of it all really. I guess I like it when guys think I am far younger than I am. I can also fit into clothing really well. Almost like they were custom made so that makes me feel good.

    4. Great sex. You know...it works. Keep in shape and look hot and you will have the best sex imaginable.

    5. I hate TV and I like to be active. All of these are good ways to be motivated.

    6. I join running clubs and I do participate in marathons and other athletic events. I go and support my friends at the IRON MAN contest and I meet some cool people.

    7. It makes good conversation to be in shape and look your best. People are amazed that my body is not as stupid that it may seem. HA!

    8. I just FORCE my self to get up someday's. Even when it's cold I make my self get up and work out. I do take rest times and down times...but I say I am going to do this for me. I am a cave man and I need to be in top shape to hunt for my food!!

    9. I take some caffeine and/or some fat meltdown stuff to jump start me and help make/keep me feeling ready to GOooOO!

    10. The results. I dig my abs and how I look. Vanity...no...It's a goal accomplished and I am proud of it and babe.....I SHOW IT OFF!


    GO FOR IT!!



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    Mar 10, 2010 2:33 AM GMT
    I'm abit of a control freak, I hate being bored or lazy, its the most depressing feeling in the world for me.

    Any time I wake up and don't feel the motivation to go to the gym I just say to myself "well do you really want to become a fat lazy loser?"

    Usually most mornings that works, but now and again its nice to slipicon_razz.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 5:17 AM GMT
    As a guy well into my 40's (God, that sucks) - i really get motivated by seeing others in the gym who are my age or older and look awesome!
    I didnt take fitness or a diciplined diet seriously until i hit 40. The results of working out regularly, eating better, and staying active have been GREAT (If only i had taken b4 pics without a shirt). Still a long way to go, esp w/ the diet - but i love pizza, chocolate, and chinese.

    Here's the motivation:
    - I feel great during and after workout
    - I look better, clothes fit better...(a summer tan helps too)
    - Vanity...yes, for sure.....even makes me look and feel younger
    - Love the comments (except when people say - "ur too skinny"...i hate that)
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    Mar 10, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    The fine movie 'Dangerous Liasons' tells us that vanity and happiness are incompatible. Do it because it makes you feel better, or because it reduces your mortality. Do it because it adds to the fun and enjoyment of your relationship with your partner. Do not do it because you want to be the sad, aging-but-gorgeous man who still tries to go out and commit the most foolish errors of youth.
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    Mar 10, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    Guys who have better bodies than I do - and going to the gym in general. How? I see what I don't have and it makes me work harder to get there.

    Also, my favorite kind of music gets me going and makes me motivated. A good gym playlist is key to an effective gym workout - and I have learned this by experience.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 10, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    I think striving to be the best I can..... we can always improve. When you make progress toward a goal, you get stronger, have a greater appreciation of who you are and what you can accomplish...
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    Mar 10, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    My motivation is I like my health and I like to feel good and I remember how bad and unhealthy I used to be...and it SCARED THE FUCK OUT OF ME TO EVEN THINK OF GOING BACK TO THAT CONDITION!!!! FEAR IS A BIG MOTIVATOR....it is my BIGGEST motivator.......I used to weigh 420 lbs. and be afraid to leave the house and would pray for my death to come at night when I slept...... I was in constant pain and I was always ashamed and very lacking in self esteem and confidence.....big motivators to keep my ass in motion and eating better and being healthy.......it was a conscious choice I made to break the old habits and start over......I lost 230 lbs and have kept it off for over 5 years....I have run several 5K, 10K, half and full marathons, have ridden my bike over a hundred miles in a day.....and can absolutely laugh at some men half my age, or younger, that can't keep up with me! And oh yeah...SEX is so much better when you can last for MANY hours, not to mention you look better and feel better.......all motivators for me......icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 10, 2010 7:52 AM GMT
    I think seeing other people achieving their goals is motivating. I find it kind of inspires me to keep trying harder and to do better.