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    Jun 22, 2007 6:14 AM GMT
    I am beginning to work out and am having so much trouble maintaining motivation. I am determined to get the body that I want, but for some reason have such low motivation. If anyone has any tips for me, or encouraging story, or anything that can help, please help! Thank you.

  • GQjock

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    Jun 22, 2007 10:44 AM GMT
    motivation is going to be whatever makes you want to have a healthier body...
    whether it's just to feel better
    ...look sexier
    ... find a better bf
    ... be healthier
    ... have better sex
    whatever it is...but I promise you
    if you force yourself to get to the gym 3x a week and eat a good clean diet at the sametime after say 3 weeks you'll Want to go to the gym
    because you'll see the change
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    Jun 26, 2007 12:04 AM GMT
    You have to want it. It is easy to sign up and pay for a gym membership but if you are not motivated to go then you are just throwing money down the toilet.

    Find a training buddy. This might help. My best friend is my training/running buddy. Without him I would still be struggling to run a quarter mile. That was back in February, with his help I'm up to two miles a day and 30 pounds lighter.

    Diet plus exercise is the key. Do check with your physician though. (as a health care provider of sorts I'm obligated to say that)
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    Jun 26, 2007 5:55 AM GMT
    I tend to find motivation comes with good results.

    So dont just go into the gym and do any old exercises plan your training but this may help you, its from my blog:

    New to training????

    The initial thoughts are to get the exercise plan drawn up and hit the gym and gain maximum results from your plan whether it be to burn calories and lose weight, build muscle or just improve your overall fitness.

    But this is just one part of the story and also not the most important part. The primary decision is your goal.

    Step 1 What is your goal? It's very hard to achieve the exact balance to build muscle and lose weight simultaneously you are often asking or employing methods that are counterproductive to each other and the goal.

    Have a plan/a target; its easy to adjust this as you go along but without one how can you measure your achievements? But you are what you eat.

    Step 2 Know your diet

    Does your calorific intake match your goals? How do I work this out? There are lots of links on this website that will help you identify what your basal metabolic rate is and what you need to eat to achieve your goals. There are many different ways to skin a cat so you need to find the method that best suits your lifestyle.

    In its simplest form: if calories in are less than calories out then you will lose weight and vice versa but there are many variables and margins for error.

    That's where tools/resources like come in. They not only help you to log, plan and identify your calorific intake they help you with identifying macro nutrient split macros: (carbohydrates, protein and fats) and even micro nutrient split (iron, zinc, potassium etc)

    Step 3 Does your routine match your goals and is your calorific intake sufficient to achieve your objective? Are you getting enough macros to suit your goals? If you are then supplementation is not needed. Many resources make you believe it's a pre-requisite to training. Its not, they are as they say to supplement shortfalls or as an alternative to food or efficiency ie if when bulking in heavy excess its often hard to consume the value of calories in the form of foodstuffs.

    Step 4 Water water everywhere. Hydration is of paramount importance. Fact your body cant metabolize fat without it. Fact muscle is made up of 70% water. So know your water intake is sufficient to maintain hydration or even superhyrdated to achieve weight loss (the latter being if you prescribe to Dr Darden's principles

    Common resources would state that 2litres per day is basic hydration but it depends on the individuals size etc. Basic "rule of thumb" for water requirements has long been -- weight in pound / 2 = oz. of water / day. Daily fluid requirements will vary with environmental conditions, clothing and exercise intensity and duration. Typical water losses during exercise : 1 hour of weight training = 8 oz; 45 minutes of swimming = 10 oz, a softball game = 16 oz; 5 mile run = 24 oz, 45 minutes of full court basketball = 24 oz; bicycling for 1 hour = 33 oz. and a marathon = 116 oz.

    And finally creatine: love it or hate it every one has their views and interpretations of the facts. Do your research and formulate your own opinion. But all the evidence and advice is the same for one group: "if you are an adolescent you should not consider creatine"

    Most importantly......... It's Evolution not Revolution make sure you revisit this often when you have achieved or are nearing your goals

    If you start to think about how you go about it nethodicaly and get the basics right you will achieve and quickly that will provide all the motivation you need.

    If you want a plan and diet hit me up

    Good luck if a lazy old fat bastard like me can hit his targets anyone can do it
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    Jun 26, 2007 7:18 AM GMT
    I'd suggest that you start with your perspective. You say you're determined to get the body you want. Well, that's pretty shallow, no? Are you only interested in working out because you want a great body? If so, maybe vanity isn't enough motivation, in which case you should feel good about yourself! ;-)

    Think about why you want to work out and focus on the many positive changes working out brings to one's life. Of course looking good is a valid reason to want to work out. But I don't think you'll find the motivation you seek if it's your only reason.
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    Jun 26, 2007 8:32 AM GMT
    I feel the same sometimes, I go through waves where I am there every, or every other day. Then suddenly after three weeks I won't go at all for a week.

    I really need to find ways to keep interested in it, and now with my gym buddy Nicole moving to London its going to be even harder! So if anyone goes to Pinetree in Newcastle then get in touch!!

    And scally I don't think that comment was helpful. I personally see this site not only as a site for people who are into training every waking hour, but also for those who are aspiring to be fit and healthy, otherwise what would be the point in the advice sections. And never mind what people do and do not eat, and what they do in the gym, motivation can be a major barrier in peoples' fitness.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 04, 2007 2:14 AM GMT
    Think of the body you want to achieve,and the steps necessary to get there.Maybe you should find a training buddy,like Chuckmeister advises,someone just a bit fitter than you.I began last August as a complete novice,didn`t even know the difference between cardio and weight training,can you believe?But I got learned up on the subject,and set off.Now I`m leaner,fitter,more muscled,etc.Don`t go mad at first,go gently and build up the exercises you`re doing;consistency is the key,not half killing yourself!If you miss the occaisional workout,don`t worry,just get on with the next one as it comes.If you`re new to exercising,don`t expect miracles overnight,either.The body will come in it`s own time.Best of luck!