Got ultra fit and now I'm fat again (Pics). How to re-motivate myself?
Apr 6, 2010 11:15am
After that trip, I lost all my motivation and started eating again junk food and stopped exercising. Now, more than 1 year later I’m probably at the starting point (or worse).
How to motivate myself now?
Here’s what I’m talking about: My Progress
|Apr 6, 2010 12:08pm||
Define “ultra fit”.
|Apr 6, 2010 1:04pm||
I did almost the exact same thing. I told myself I was making a “lifestyle change” but, really, I was training for an event and wasn’t honest with myself. Last year I went from 231# to 180#. All in an effort to be in shape to hike Pike’s Peak with my wife on our anniversary. After the hike…well I basically stopped living that lifestyle and gained it all back.
Now I’m going through it all over again, only this time I don’t have the “event” as a carrot. I’m just doing it. The main difference is I’m not totally punishing myself to hit some deadline. I am truly just living my life the way I want to live it – which means if I want to have a few beers on Friday night, I do. And the fact that I spent the rest of the week being healthy and whatnot evens it all out.
What is motivating me? Why did I “wake up” again? Not sure…I’m not sure what did it. I’m just glad it did. The fact that you realize what happened should be motivation enough. Because you gained the weight all back, you can’t be as spontaneous as you could have if you would’ve kept it off. :)
|Apr 6, 2010 6:12pm||
I can’t tell you how to motivate yourself, I can only tell you what motivates me.
I was on the slow and steady train to adult onset diabetes as it seems my family suffers from that, poor thyroids and high cholesterol. When I started to become winded walking up stairs, I decided I had enough of living like that.
I started small. I wanted to develop healthy habits so the first thing I did was I began to floss my teeth. Crazy. 2 minutes a day is all it takes, but I needed to build some consistency. Once I had that down I started to cut down on the junk foods (fast foods,etc.). My excuses for eating poorly were the same as the reasoning behind not flossing: I don’t have time to pack a lunch.
Truth be told, I was undisciplined.
Now overall quality of life motivates me. When I exercise I have extra energy, I am more engaged in the lives of the people I love and I feel good. I haven’t had to give up drinking coffee (or roasting it for that matter) nor have I had to give up beer. I practice moderation.
As for junk food, my body punishes me if I eat it as it has become accustomed to being fed good stuff. I don’t beat myself up for eating a chocolate bunny, my body does it for me!
My wife has worked hard ocassionally to exercise and eat healthy. She wouldn’t bug me or nag me, but as soon as I started, the entire family started to follow my example. Count that as an additional motivation.
|Apr 7, 2010 4:04pm||
Bogleg is right…it needs to be a lifestyle change. I think it’s actually important NOT to have a date goal as your primary motivation as that only gives you an excuse to slack off afterward. I got shocked by the scale into making the changes. I don’t have any date goal myself, I just picked a weight I thought was a good goal to meet initially. Then I started to eat healthier and exercise. I made it part of my routine…right after work is my exercise time. I even tell my dad not to call me until after 7pm so that I can have an uninterrupted workout. With no goals but physical goals (body weight, body fat %, etc) there’s no built-in excuse for me to slack off unless I make up one. Once I reach my goal weight it doesn’t mean the goal goes away like it would with a date goal…just means I keep trying to maintain that weight. (honestly I’m probably going to set a new goal after I reach the first)
I’m doing this all on my own…I don’t live with anyone to motivate me. Most of my friends I only talk with online, as they have moved away. Me living alone is part of the reason I ended up at this site. I needed some extra motivation and this site has done wonders to motivate and help me. If you have family and friends to help with your motivation, use them. If you can convince someone to workout with you that’s great motivation. If you have kids…they are probably the best motivation you can have…being a good role model for them. Gotta use that kind of stuff to your advantage.
|Apr 10, 2010 12:12pm||
Is your goal to be fit as in HEALTHY or fit as in BUFF? Because honestly, you could be just as healthy in your starting picture as in your goal pic – just without all the muscle size and definition. You didn’t appear to be obese in the beginning picture, even though you refer to yourself as “fat.”
If I were you I’d look inward and ask myself what my true goal is. Is it merely to achieve a healthy body or is it also (perhaps even MORE) important to you to be ripped?
To me, fitness is the state of having a healthy, strong body – with plenty of energy and endurance and has nothing to do with showing a lot of muscle. Make sure you understand what it is you want and why and that will go a long way toward giving you the motivation you need.