The sacrifices you made for your physique?

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    Apr 25, 2010 11:27 PM GMT
    Did any of you with really good bodies here give up something to acheiev what you have, other than food, TV, lethargy.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    You don't have to give up TV. You do need a correct approach to diet and exercise. And that's pretty much it.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    fpkhan saidDid any of you with really good bodies here give up something to acheiev what you have, other than food, TV, lethargy.


    I dont have a good body so i can't comment. Perhaps its my lack of sacrifices that got me to this point...
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    I gave up being a lazy fatass.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    Any meaningful a career, partner, home to be more focussed.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    fpkhan saidDid any of you with really good bodies here give up something to acheiev what you have, other than food, TV, lethargy.


    No not really. I sort of like lifting, hiking and biking. TV is boring. Eating is not the problem it would otherwise be as I need to eat more to keep the weight.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    Alcohol pretty much totally... and socializing that centers round alcohol....and a number of friends with alcohol dependencies icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    You've asked an important question and one that will probably be helpful for many here.

    I'd like to answer it a bit differently, also hoping to be helpful to anyone who can use the advice.

    I no longer focus on the "sacrifice". And I don't overly focus on the "physique" that comes from training.

    Instead, I focus on the feeling of strength in my body. I FEEL a muscle while I'm using it. I FEEL the air pumping into my lungs. I FEEL the beginning of exhaustion...and I fight it.

    I focus on enjoying the good feelings in my body while I'm doing chores.

    If anything, I 'sacrifice' from my work----by moving about from my desk and having a stretch frequently during the day. But then again, my work performance is pretty optimal because my body feels good.

    Back to your question, YES, I'd say that I do sacrifice when it comes to alcohol. For me, there's no way to drink much when I'm training.
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    Cake! I gave up cake! Dammit all! I gave up effing cake! Cake!
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:48 AM GMT
    jimib saidCake! I gave up cake! Dammit all! I gave up effing cake! Cake!
    Awwwww you poor little thang. *pats head*
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    Give up something? Hmm... I think there was something about a "soul" on that contract I signed... eh, probably wasn't anything important.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    I gave up deep-fried foods. I love crunchy food, but this was a must, not only for my physique, but also for my health.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    I tried the low carb thing and for some reason it works well for me. I have tried it and have also reverted to my old way of eating (everything in site). My body loves not having the tons of carbs I generally would consume. I feel good, I don't eat a meal and feel bloated, stuffed, or crash minutes later. The best part is I do feel full and can eat at any time I feel hungry. The even better part is I can have a clear rum and diet coke and there are no carbs in it. I can loose weight cutting carbs and if something special comes up (a birthday party, special event)I can eat whatever is given and then revert the next meal back to low carb.

    I have been off and on watching carbs for a few years now. During this time, I haven't had a cold or the flu. I have not gotten sick at all. Generally I would have several colds or at least the flu once a year. It has been several years and nothing.

    I workout at least 5 days a week, I do the low carb thing, I have a low carb monster now and then if I need extra energy.
    I don't seem to be sacrificing much and gaining a good deal (except excess weight).
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    I gave up pop when i was 14. I've been a vegetarian for four years. I also haven't watched TV since i was 19. I gave up TV more for school than fitness.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    hmmm idk what else is there aside from being in front of a tv and eating that makes u fat...hmmm...idk maybe like being in front of the computer??? oh wait...
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
    I'm really surprised by most of these responses. Maybe it's because these guys have been keeping track of what they eat and working out for so long that they don't realize how big of a part of life it is to keep fit.

    For me, it's a b!tch to make it to the gym 5 times a week...and I work there! Not too many guys I've dated that doesn't work out can understand you can't do anything "Thursday night" because you have to work out.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    I have given up alcohol and soda/pop and a few other things but those would be the major ones.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    it really doesn't feel like a sacrifice when it's something I love doing so much, it's not about the muscle for me, it's about that endorphin injection my body gives me, that feeling of joy I have, how strong I feel mentally, how good it feels for me when I eat right and see my goals becoming closer and closer..

    I haven't made any sacrifices I've just found joy and happiness!
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Sure, it does take some time.

    Usually 5 days a week. About an hour each day. Add in driving time, etc. So, probably 8 hours a week.

    But, honestly, I thinks its added more than taken away. I have a lot more energy than I did, so I get more done. I know I look better, so I'm sure that has changed how I interact with people, opportunities, etc. And, I've found that I'm a lot more time managemen focused which is bound to save me time in the long run.

    Everynow and then my gym schedule will interfere with something, but its minor. I shoot for 6 days a week, and if I have to skip once it doesn't bother me.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidit really doesn't feel like a sacrifice when it's something I love doing so much, it's not about the muscle for me, it's about that endorphin injection my body gives me, that feeling of joy I have, how strong I feel mentally, how good it feels for me when I eat right and see my goals becoming closer and closer..

    I haven't made any sacrifices I've just found joy and happiness!



    what he said
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
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    fpkhan saidDid any of you with really good bodies here give up something to acheiev what you have, other than food, TV, lethargy.


    I dont have a good body so i can't comment. Perhaps its my lack of sacrifices that got me to this point...


    You are kidding, right? You have a nicely defined body. By most people that would be "good" at the very minimum.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    I've always worked out about three days a week. I eat well, but I still have ice cream and other snacks. I've achieved a body beyond my expectations. But I'm still working on it. If this is as good as I ever get, I'm happy with what I've achieved.
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    Apr 26, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidit really doesn't feel like a sacrifice when it's something I love doing so much, it's not about the muscle for me, it's about that endorphin injection my body gives me, that feeling of joy I have, how strong I feel mentally, how good it feels for me when I eat right and see my goals becoming closer and closer..

    I haven't made any sacrifices I've just found joy and happiness!
    I agree for the most part, since working out does create a great overall feeling.
    But for me, it is 100% about the muscle...seeing as my primary fetish is muscle-worship and all. I always hated being the fatass chasing the muscle guys. It just doesn't feel right or even fair, and the rejection sucks. LOL
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    Apr 26, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    As many already said, it's not a sacrafice if the payoff is so big and you simply don't want those things anymore

    now, cheaply made cookies, cakes and things made with sugar taste sickingly sweet and artifical.

    packaged food or anything made with hydogenated fats are overly processed and taste like cardboard and usually have lots fat.

    fatty cuts of meat....the skin on chicken....just doesn't taste good and grosses me out.......

    it's not really about the physique, but rather energy and general health.
    I break the healthy routine sometimes when I feel like it, ( a shot of jack tastes like the healthiest thing in the world somtimes........even the occasional scone or piece of pie).icon_biggrin.gif

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    Apr 26, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    i agree with some of what's been said. "sacrifice" isn't exactly what it is. it's choices based on what you like.

    ask yourself this question: do you like being lean more than that piece of cake?

    that will answer pretty much whether or not being fit, lean, and in great shape is going to be easy or a "sacrifice."

    someone else on another thread said he had to re-program his idea of what food is supposed to be...in other words, do you "live to eat" or "eat to live?" when you can see that food is a means to an end, then you can choose to eat clean 6 days a week, maybe "cheat" on the 7th day, but overall, keep calories and macro nutrients in check.

    if you want to be lean, you have to overcome the mindless eating that most everyone else in the world does...a cookie here, a couple beers there, etc....and see that you have to eat smart all the time.

    it comes back to the original question: do you like being lean more than that cookie?