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Old 07-21-2008, 09:49 PM
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workout motivation????

Here is my story of self pity explaining my need for motivation:

My last year of college softball ended this spring. In march, I got hit in the face with a line drive, which took me out of the entire season. In the two years I was playing for that school, I lost about 15 lbs and enough inches to drop a size. I was able to eat pretty much anything I wanted (Ben & Jerry's mmmmm) and not gain, b/c we were on a strict workout plan. When I got injured, I wasn't able to even jog, let alone "workout". So I just got lazy. Then I got lazy and fat! My muscle is gone and I've gained weight (hence the need for the 32 instead of the 31...). I tell myself pretty much every day that I'm going to go run tomorrow.. aaand it never happens...

Any suggestions for motivators?? I'm totally stuck in this sitting-around type lifestyle!! And now that I'm so inactive, I'm tired all the time!!!

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Old 07-21-2008, 10:07 PM
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Im the same way sometimes, I get stuck in a rut. I really like to try to plan something with my bf or a friend, even if its just a walk......you just feel so much better after doing something, esp. if you try something a little different, that I get a motivated to do more. Also, seeing everyone in great shape here motivates me too.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:12 PM
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I'm not going to lie... since joining... jeans have become a motivator. I have about 3 pair that are juuuust too small, and my mom is amazing with a sewing machine, so she can take in the ones that fit me now. I was just reading the getting fit thread, and I think I'll start tomorrow. I really will go to the park and run.

..this was so much easier when i had set times and days I had to be at the gym!
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:58 AM
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Whenever I feel lazy and do not want to workout, I grab my shoes and get outside immediately. Do you have a dog? My dog absolutely loves going with me.
Plus my jean collection is a HUGE factor. I can't gain any weight or my collection will be worthless to me
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:35 AM
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I joined a gym when I got really sick of how I looked and felt and gave myself some motivating factors from there.

1- The gym is expensive and if I want to get in shape and not waste money I had to go! I made sure the gym was on my way home from work so when I passed it and didn't go in I felt guilty and like I was wasting my money.

2- I then promised myself if I went religiously for 3 months I would by myself something I wanted. My iPod was a piece of shit and I said that if I actually went and worked out I would buy myself a new iPod. That was four months ago. I got my new iPod yesterday.

Maybe you could do something like that?
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:36 AM
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Jamie J - haha i have an english bulldog. they're not the dog you get when you want to exercise with him. Anyway, it's raining today which almost spoiled my plan, but I won't let it. Rain never hurt anybody. I'll just get wet!!

I'm determined.

Punky - I tried that. A few months ago there were shoes at Off 5th that I loved that were hella expensive. So I said to myself, when i lose 10 lbs, I'll go back there and buy them. The very next day a friend of mine called me up to go over to the mall (where Off 5th is) and I ended up buying them! So much for motivation!!! But you're right, I should set up goals/rewards. I bet your iPod is the greatest thing in the world because of how hard you worked to get it!!

Thanks so much, I'll let you know what I treat myself to at the 10 lb mark!
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:56 AM
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seriously the same thing happened to me. i could always eat whatever and it didn't really matter. then i moved out of my parents house and gained 15 pounds! most of my jeans still fit cuz they were a lil big to begin with but 2 of my favorite pairs are WAY TO TIGHT ... like can't leave the house tight.

that's kept me motivated .... exercise is a big factor but i've realized that diet matters so much more i mean if you only work out half hour a day you can totally cancel that out by eating something bad (and then u feel bad about it after u eat it)

but totally like everyone else said if you need unmotivated you should just get up and do it anyway because once you start or after you're done u feel amazing!

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Old 07-22-2008, 09:37 AM
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Well, I ran! haha for all of 10 minutes, but that's a lot, concidering my sedentary lifestyle. I've only had a protein shake and some fruit smoothie (I think it's called naked something. it's the blue kind with 100% B12...) so i really have to eat.. So hopefully this is a step in the right direction - thanks for all the advice and motivation!! Everyone selling 31s - here I come!!
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:46 AM
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I agree with Rachel...belonging to a gym (expensive or not) is a great motivator. I also love taking classes. They're usually a lot of fun and when you see other people around you doing something, you all try to keep up with each other. I can work my butt off in a kickboxing class that lasts 60 minutes, but would have a hard time running or something else by myself for that long.

However you decide to motivate yourself, good luck!
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:20 AM
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Here is my story of self pity explaining my need for motivation:

My last year of college softball ended this spring...

Any suggestions for motivators?? I'm totally stuck in this sitting-around type lifestyle!! And now that I'm so inactive, I'm tired all the time!!!

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look for an adult softball league to join!!! we have so many out here in LA and people really seem to enjoy them.

i got really unmotivated, and bored, with the gym after graduate school and did some web searches and found some adult soccer leagues. if you like team sports, knowing your team needs you there is a great motivator and if it is a sport you love, often times, playing becomes a motivator to get to the gym on non-game days to make sure you are in good shape!
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That is a great idea Zoki!!!

I find that my motivation comes from creating goals other then aethetics.

For example...instead of going to the gym and telling myself "today i am going to workout so i can look hot" I set physical goals for myself in the gym. Right now my goal is to do a 200lbs deadlift by the end of the summer. In order to train for this I have to workout all muscle groups and train very hard on a daily basis.

In turn, by focusing on this goal rather then an aesthetic goal...the aesthetic results are amazing!!!

Once you get into the gym on a regular basis it becomes addictive, especially when you sytart to notice the changes that your body has made. My strength and andurance have gone up so much in the last couple of months that it has kept me motivated to keep on going.
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as dorky as this sounds, AF (and the ridiculous enablers that you all are! ) was a great motivator...because I always had awesome jeans available to replace any that got too big, and I could pass on the ones that got too big to other members! I got into all these brands at kind of a bad time, right before I started dieting...but now that I'm the size I'm hoping to stay at, just looking at all the hot jeans I've bought (and other stuff too) and knowing that if I skip a couple days, they might not fit, is a good motivator to get to the gym!

When I go out for the day I also wear workout clothes, so I feel like it's a waste if I don't go to the gym (our laundry gets done like...once every 3 weeks around here if I'm lucky!)
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:40 AM
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I, too, change into my workout clothes right after work (in my office building) which motivates me to go straight to the gym. I also go to 24 hour which has locations everywhere. What REALLY keeps me motivated!? CLASSES!! Group classes keep you going - 60 min flies by. I am also highly competitive so I try to go to the front of the room and over to the side and just kick some major butt and try to keep up with the instructor and the girls who never skip a class.

The ultimate motivator? This is so cliche - but life. I had VERY high cholesterol a few years back (I mean over 200 combined) and once I stopped smoking and exercising 4-5x a week it dropped significantly. My opinion is you should get some workout video tapes and start at home if you hate the gym!
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:06 PM
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You guys are so helpful!! Thanks!!

I did LOVE the gym and taking classes, but the gym I can justify joining doesn't have classes, and the one that does is uber expensive! Though the classes really are awsome.

Videos may be a good idea. Unfortunately I'm inbetween jobs right now (Sick of retail and mixed with school makes it difficult) so it's not like I don't have time!

What worked well for me at school (not so much diet as workouts) was having to write the times I had to go to the gym. That way my coach knew I was going to be there at 3:30 and if i wasn't.... i was in trouble!!

Finding a softball team is a good idea, though i was on a team a few summers ago and I think I benefit more from walking up the stairs to go to bed at night! Also, I haven't played since i was injured so I dont know how I'd fair in the field

Thanks again everyone. you guys are awsome!
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Don't push your injury!! get to your PT or doctor before you start your exercise regime (or is it regimen?). Also, on a seperate note - I see your signature - I have a bunch of 32's and a few 31's I need to get rid of, I will PM you .
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I joined a gym when I got really sick of how I looked and felt and gave myself some motivating factors from there.

1- The gym is expensive and if I want to get in shape and not waste money I had to go! I made sure the gym was on my way home from work so when I passed it and didn't go in I felt guilty and like I was wasting my money.
Well, that's what I was going to say! Get a membership that is as much as you can spend! It does motivate A LOT! Also, it's great if you can find yourself a work-out buddy (maybe you have a girlfriend with the same problem - lack of motivation - who'd love to join you on your work-outs). I was never a sports person, but I joined the gym after I had my first son and I've been exercising fairly regularly since
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Looking in the mirror and seeing my belly flub hanging over my jeans was enough motivitation for me to start working out. Its harder for me to get motivated now that I'm pretty close to my goal.
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^ get size 25 jeans Just kidding, you look great!
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She would disappear if her goal was 25...BabyJ looks amazing! babyJ, honestly, your ABS are my motivation!
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That was a joke I thought she looked perfect when she was a 27, but she looks wonderful now too. She's just beautiful all around!
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I Know exactly how you feel, Once I separated the Army because of my pregnancy, I stopped working out as much as I had when I was in the Army. After I had my baby, I said ok I will take 2 months off and then start working out again. Its been about 10 months now and I just recently started really getting in to working out. I was thinking to myself yeah I ll go run a couple of miles everyday , but that plan didnt work out. I though that I could get back into it since I ran every single day in the Army no problem. The first time I tried to run after 10 months , i wasnt able to go even 5 minutes without stopping and panting like crazy. I was bummed, I knew I would have to start all over again to get to running everyday without a problem.
(Oh and I also have Patella Tendonitis on my knee)

Anyhow, I purchased the Jillian Michaels DVD 30 Day Shred.The workouts are only 20 mins but they really kick your butt and motivate you. They have low impact versions of the excercises to slowly build back up. After doing a session of this I feel like I ran a couple of miles seriously! You should try it out theres no harmn it and you have nothing to lose but pounds! LOL( She says that in the video)

Sorry about my long story just wanted to let you know you arent the only one in this situation.
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Does your college have a free gym and possibly workout classes for students? It helps just to set aside a specific time and remind yourself how you will feel better after the workout even if you don't really feel like going at the time.
Going to classes also helps you get into a routine and maybe meet some new people to help motivate you.
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My college does have a free gym, but I won't be there until September, and it'll only be twice a week. I think I will look into home videos. I just have to make sure the BF isn't home - I look so goofy working out!
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My college does have a free gym, but I won't be there until September, and it'll only be twice a week. I think I will look into home videos. I just have to make sure the BF isn't home - I look so goofy working out!
if your a first timer ... i LOVE LOVE turbo jam it's so much fun and such a good work out!
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if your a first timer ... i LOVE LOVE turbo jam it's so much fun and such a good work out!
I am certified to Teach Turbo Jam and I take the classes 3-4x a week - THIS IS THE WORKOUT THAT CHANGED MY BODY seriously, the creator, Chalene, used to be big and she lost so much doing this. I have seen so many women follow this - because you don't realize 60 min is passing by.
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