Gaymedes saidWhat I am trying to get at is from being on RJ for a while and reading posts and profiles it seems like many of y'all are very active but is there anyone else similar to me who have to "force" themselves to be more active? and if you are, what do you do to keep motivated?
As a human, living creature I have to "force" myself to do anything that isn't just going to happen naturally or by default.
Some days it's easier for me to spring out of bed at 0500 and hit the gym, and some days I have to put my brain on autopilot (developed through habit) and somehow I find myself in the gym and working out despite that voice in my head that says "Go back to sleep!".
What motivates me are some of the following things:
The great feeling I get both mentally and physically from my workouts and other activity.
The complements (and sometimes attempted pickups) that I get from women of all ages.
The complements that I get from straight guys.
The sense of being a role model when boys and adolescents comment on my body and ask me how I do it.
The lusty stares that I get from all kinds of strangers.
The sense of superior health and relative youth that I enjoy when I am with people who are my age, but they look and feel oh so much older.
The sense of superior health that I enjoy when I am on a challenging hike with guys 1/2 my age and they're soaked in perspiration and gasping for air at the top of a killer incline, while I've barely broken a sweat and I'm driving the pace.
The feeling of looking good in just about whatever I wear.
The looks I get from people in the grocery store when I ditch the shopping cart and hand carry the sacked groceries to the car ala "These muscles are not just for show."
The rush of a hot marathon of sex with guys 1/2 my age...and when they conk out before me.
I was a scrawny, weak, geeky kid who loathed his own body and thought I would never have sex in my life because nobody would want me.
I made a decision 13 years ago to turn that around and with commitment backed by daily action, I've made some progress.
I have other motivations that are personal and private which are much less driven by my ego and the prideful narcissistic lusty appetite that I have described in some of the examples above. In all cases, I just try to keep all the progress I've made (with my Higher Power's help) from going to my head because "Pride comes before the fall" and outer beauty can be transient. It is inner beauty that is enduring.
Keep your eyes on the prize, not the price. What you may also find is that the price is part of the prize.
Now get into action! :-)
Aloha and Be Well!