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27 / F / Colorado Springs, Co
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Hey guys!

For the past year and a half, I've been struggling with trying to live a more healthy life. I'm not overweight or obese or anything like that but I just wanted to be healthier and get some abs, lol.
So I'll have these spurts of, "Yeah! So motivated to workout and eat better and blah blah blah!" I can only last like two weeks max and then I get bored or crave something bad and I revert back to my old ways.

If any of you are into the healthy lifestyle/fitness, how do you keep yourself going? How do you continue to motivate yourself? I just need some inspiration, I guess! ;x
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I remind myself that I can never go back to weighing 260 pounds. that's all the motivation I need.
I also kept a pair of pants and a shirt from my heavy days. Nope, never again.
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25 / F / Satellite Beach, FL
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I struggle with the SAME THING! However, I've managed to beat the struggle :)

What I do is keep it routine. Like, I try to go on the same days at the same times so that I just automatically go to the gym. It also helps that you make friends at the gym who go at the same times as you do. Yeah, some days are REALLY boring and it's really hard to get though a workout. But because I've made it a part of my routine, I'm still at the gym even though my workout might suck.

Another thing about making friends at the gym...they kinda pressure me to keep on going. I don't want to be one of those people who just...I dunno how to explain it. You lose a lot of your fitness when you take off from the gym...Like for every day missed, it's like missing two days kind of thing. I want to get stronger and prove some doctors wrong about some of my injuries.

Anywho, I hope that kinda helps out.
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Most of what is needed for staying healthy is some restraint during mealtime. Limit your calories to a certain number every day. A day of splurging here and there won't kill you.

I am hovering at 138-140 pounds at the moment. I've only gained 8-10 pounds in the last 8 years even though my metabolism has slowed and I'm no longer very big on exercising. Perhaps 20 minutes of brisk walking and staircase climbing a day. I try to do at least 30 pullups and 100 pushups every day or every other day to avoid weakening. I used to be so much more active.

I'm sure genes are a factor. But whenever I am doing my daily stuff, I'll try to race a clock. Let's say I am microwaving popcorn. I'll try to do pushups continuously until the popcorn is done. If I'm waiting for my tea to be ready, I do pushups, pullups, or situps. Little things like that add up.
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Been lifting for about 5 years, give or take. I was in your position for the first few months. Then I told myself that I wanted to be the strongest version of myself.

All you really need are some goals. Goals that are realistic and achievable. Then just keep reminding yourself of those goals. Also, having a gym buddy helps keeps workouts interesting and competitive. And whenever you feel like giving up, ask yourself why you started in the first place.

And watching motivational videos isn't a bad idea either.
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Slow and steady wins the race. If you go from doing no exercise and snacking often to doing an hour a day of intensity training with no snacking you won't last long. I'd start with 10 minutes of push-ups/sit-ups/planking a day, doing it at the same time every day in the same order to engrave the routine into your daily schedule, then build it up from there. Soon you'd naturally find yourself doing 30 minutes a day.

Life isn't an anime. A worm-thing won't burrow into your hand and one day suddenly make you strong. But doing some exercise every day, you'll get there.
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27 / F / Colorado Springs, Co
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You guysssss. These are all wonderful!! Seriously, I'm starting to feel more motivated already. I've already looked up healthier versions of my favorite junk foods and some easy exercises for me to do, to start off.

Pika2346: You've hit the nail on the head. I think I was trying to start all gung-ho, at first. Just jumping into the deep end before I knew how to swim. I think that's exactly why I get burnt out so fast. I'm definitely going to take what you said to heart and start off slow and go day by day!

Waahhhh. I'm getting emotional! T~T Seriously, guys, thanks soooo muchhhh! Really needed this support today. *0*
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I sign up for a plan like 1 year, and then I can't take it back so you have to do it. Always works
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For me, I've always needed someone else to help keep me accountable. If someone else is waiting for me, it ensures I'll show up; if it's just myself, I'll make up excuses why it's okay to skip my workout that day. In the past, I've had standing appointments to go running with people or go to the gym with people.

Right now, I'm doing okay financially, but don't have many friends locally who can take the time to work out regularly, so I see a personal trainer. And just having that appointment on my schedule is worth every penny. As my wife has told me, paying the trainer now is a hell of a lot cheaper than getting diabetes.
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Love what's been said here! Looks like we've got some healthy, motivated and helpful people around these parts

I'm sure I'll pretty much be echoing what's already been said, but find yourself some achievable goals and take it easy in the beginning. Often times people with hopes of living a healthier lifestyle or getting in better shape will dive straight in the deep end instead of working their way towards it. It's all about the small victories, which eventually lead to the big ones. Simply choosing to tie up your laces and walking out that door to the gym, for a run around the neighborhood, whatever - is a win.

Don't get discouraged if you're not able to lift as much weight or run as fast as you would've liked in the beginning. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Also! One of the most common things I hear from people who don't/rarely workout is that they don't have the time. Well, ya gotta make time. Set aside an hour or two of your day to work on your physical well being. Like, I love me some anime. If I could sit on the couch and marathon the crap out of this site I would but that hour I spend watching three episodes here could be spent on a run around the block or hitting the gym. Sacrifices must be made!

Another thing I hear a lot is that workouts can get boring, which can lead to people half assing it or worse, skipping it. Well, your workout doesn't have to be super strict, by the books sorta stuff. For example, my cardio days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I primarily run on those days, but some days I'll look over at my running shoes and think to myself "Ugh... pass!" So instead of running I'll find another way to get my heart rate up by swimming laps at the pool, riding my bike or I just won't run as far as I was planning to for that particular day, but I'll sub an activity in to make up for the shortened distance. Like if I'm supposed to run 6 miles I'll only run 4 and then spend 20-30 minutes hitting the heavy bag, jumping rope, etc.

Good on you bobangie for taking the steps towards becoming a healthier you! If ya need any help, don't hesitate to ask! I'd like to think of myself as a pretty healthy person. Ran track in high school and college, been playing tennis since I was old enough to hold a racket and I've been doing taekwondo since I was 8. And no doubt the awesome people here in the CR community will be more than willing to help! Good luck and if ya want, keep us posted on your progress!
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27 / F / Colorado Springs, Co
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I'm really glad I decided to post this thread. I've spent the majority of my day finding what will work for me and how I can change my diet for the better. You're all wonderful, beautiful people and I'm so grateful for your words.
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31 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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I watch a lot of anime while I work out so it doesn't feel like a chore.
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23 / M / The Cold North
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Posted 3/29/15
Going to the gym almost everyday and doing my thing. 6 times a week preffered. Even though I might not feel it, I go there and try to do something. Treat the gym like a spa
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By incorporating fitness into things you need to do anyways or things that are fun. I've stuck to weight lifting schedules and was always bored out my mind.I think weights are important, but unless I have a weight lifting partner,its boring. When I was a very broke college student,I practically walked everywhere. 5 miles to work one way. I never had to worry about fitness then.When its not something I need to do, I find running clears my mind and I like to play soccer and basketball.

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Go out on runs once a day/every few days, increasing mileage over a few months? If you enjoy music, run with that, it helps...and if running isn't fun, don't force it. Walking is also good...

Oh, and when at your computer, if you are on for long periods of time, set a timer for however long (15 minutes-30 minutes) and do some form of exercise: Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, jumping jacks, squats, wall sits, or just pace around. About five of any of those (maybe 30 seconds-1 minute for wall sits...) every so often could be a decent work out?
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