Where has my motivation gone???

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    Jun 07, 2008 4:16 AM GMT
    I hurt my back/neck a couple weeks ago "jumped off a dock at night into low tide"-> stupid and drunk!! Luckily it was nothing serious, minor whiplash, couple of bruises.

    So, I took off 2weeks from the gym and I have not been back... nor am I motivated...


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    Jun 07, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    Thinking of losing what I have worked so hard to get.
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    Jun 07, 2008 8:08 AM GMT
    Thinking about the way I will feel once I get the workout done always helps me ignore the negative thoughts. It also helps to think back to why you started working out in the first place. That original motivation should still have a strong emotional tie with you and will help you get back into the gym with a clear mind
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    Jun 07, 2008 10:45 AM GMT
    Yikes! I remember many years ago a drunk friend of mine at college dived into a half-empty swimming pool and broke his neck. You have been very lucky.

    Get back in the gym and thank your lucky stars you're still able to work out.
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    Jun 07, 2008 11:25 AM GMT
    Man there are lots of things that can be motivators to get back going, the question is what one works for you.

    Most of the time if you have a specific, measurable goal(s) with a deadline, that can be motivation enough. Without these kinds of goals its pretty easy to just drift along.

    For some people, its the realization, that the work I do today might be the only thing that saves my life one day.

    For others, they carry pictures with them. A picture of their view of the perfect physique for themselves, of some old fat pics, or some progress pictures, and they look at them frequently.

    For some its a few pages of motivational quotes.

    For others its taking their body to the highest level possible.

    Still for other's its about discipline and determination, and finishing what they start. Its about being the best at what they do. Etc.

    So there are tons of reasons. Here is one great speech that I sometimes read when I need a little boost of motivation, hopefully you will find it helpful.

    What it Takes to be No.1 - Vince Lombardi

    Winning is not a sometimes thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
    There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

    Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. you've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

    Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization - an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win - to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.
    It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there - to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules - but to win.

    And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.
    I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he's exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
    Vince Lombardi
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    Jun 07, 2008 3:20 PM GMT
    I'm in the midst of the same "issue"! Just the mere thought of going to the gym mentally already BORED me! So I decided to do some major over-hauling of my "routine". I signed up fro Bikram's Yoga and signing up for a Boxing gym later this week; just KNOWING that I was going to the gym to do the same thing again was enough to stop me for 2-3 weeks! And today is my 1st day of Bikram's Yoga (after 4 years) and VERY excited to my new additions to my workout! So, try/add something different/new, that should rejuvenate you and the workout.
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    Jun 07, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    Seeing all the hot guys at the pool or the beach...

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