Hitting a "snag"

  • sfboy987

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    Sep 12, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    First off, forget about my last post cause I actually did get results. Over the course of 6 weeks, I lost 6 pounds. So I'm happy and proud of myself for that, but I hit a "snag" today. I haven't been to the gym in a week (yea I know bad). However, I went today, and I just was not feeling it. I wasn't liking the physical pain, even though I didn't mind it as much before. I dunno maybe I just had a lazy day, but I'm concerned I might be losing my motivation. . This was always the case for me in the past when I tried to get fit. I lacked consistency and eventually stopped working out. I'm running friday and going to the gym again on saturday, but I hope I don't have another "lazy day." I'm also going back to college in a week, so maybe a change of environment will motivate me. Any tips on how to stay motivated?
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    Sep 12, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    Work out with someone and set times to be at the gym. Maybe you can find a buddy at school. The best thing I ever did was hire a trainer. Not only did I learn proper form (nothing more important!) but I also found myself working out harder between my sessions with him so that HE could see I wasn't wasting his time training me. I still have low energy days when I'd rather have a beer than workout, and once in a while that's OK; don't be too hard on yourself overall.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 12, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    I think if you were really losing motivation you wouldn't have made this post.

    Listen, I work out 2 - 3 times a week. And aside from the couple of years I lived in New York, I've held that schedule for about 14 years (hard to believe it's been that long). It can take everything I can muster to drag my ass to the gym. I'd rather be sitting in front of the TV or computer and just vegging. But, once I get into my routine I feel much better. The best part of my routine is probably when it's over.

    The last couple of months people seem to have really noticed my body. I don't know what it is. I haven't seen much difference, but I guess other people have. So, for a somewhat shy guy, it feels good to get some attention. And that helps me reaffirm why I'm working out in the first place.

    I look at working out a bit like brushing my teeth. It annoys me to have to do it. But, it's good for me and I just need to build it into my schedule.
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    Sep 12, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    Don't sweat it. Even the most dedicated/hardcore guys have days when they just don't feel it.

    The best thing to do is listen to your body, as it knows what it needs. If it says it needs an extra day of rest, then take it. A few days, or even a week or two won't hurt you.

    I went to CA for vacation for 2 weeks, didn't really exercise at all. Came back, and people were like "wow, you look really lean (from not eating enough, haha)" but I've been able to get back into my routine without much difficulty.

    Just go with the flow, and you'll be fine.