What keeps you motivated?
07-22-2006 08:04 AM
What keeps you motivated?
So I was thinking today what keeps me motivated to workout everyday, to keep the diet clean, to try to hit my goals. I couldn't really come up with a personal reason other then I do it.
But, I'm sure there are any members here at AM that have great motivations keep at it. I don't ever remember a thread like this, so I wanted to know.
What motivates you?
07-22-2006 08:15 AM
when I see guys half my age with spaghetti arms and beer guts smoking like an old Ford pickup..........
07-22-2006 08:41 AM
Progress my friends, progress. It's all about making gains month over month, whether it be in terms of fat loss or muscle gain. As long as you're moving forward and not in reverse, that's motivation enough for me to stick to a clean diet and workout like an animal
07-22-2006 08:46 AM
I'm largely self-motivated, but whenever I need that extra boot in the ass I pick up one of my Battle for the Olympia DVD's from my library and admire the hard work and perseverence of others whom I hop to compete with someday.
07-22-2006 08:48 AM
knowing that i can lift more run faster/further than the average guy, knowing that my blood pressure is in check, my cholesterol is good, and can keep up with my daughter and the fact that i have a better body than alot of men helps.
07-22-2006 09:12 AM
Good thread I was thinking about this the other day.
I would have to say the first thing is myself I have gone Thur.... 5 workout partners in the last 3 years and I'm the only 1 still walking thru those doors.
My family, I see my uncles, brother in law, etc. I see there big huge fat belly's and pure lack of energy, makes me want to keep going and going.
My 2 sons, I want to set a good example of a healthy lifestyle. I want them to look up to me and I want the energy to be able to keep up with them!!!
Gains of course I love seeing gains that I make or when other people comment. My wife will NEVER comment on gains because she thinks it go's to my head LOL come on (It does) lol. And for her of course I don't think she would want to be "in bed" with a big old fat boy!
07-22-2006 09:35 AM
Health aspects keep me motivated, plus the fact that I keep a picture of me in high school weighing a dangerous 252lbs. That get's my a$$ going all the time. Plus, it's nice when people outside of the gym can look at you and actually want to ask you for advice based on how you hold yourself and how you look in normal cloths.
Originally Posted by doggzj
~ Nothing can kill the Grimace!!
07-22-2006 10:15 AM
My motivation has evolved and changed throughout the years. When I was a youngster with my Weider sand filled plastic weights, the amazing progress I made gave me motivation and set in motion a life time passion. After that competition has been a great motivator, PLing meets, this little transformation contest, little things like that give great motivation.
In General though here are a few of my every day motivations.
1. Seeing my sister at 350lbs+
2. Watching my childhood friends go through dialisis, and various other medical problems mostly preventable
3. Seeing large heavy things that I've yet been able to lift!!!!!!!!!!!
4. Hearing the kids at work talking about me, and picking stupid nicknames for me, makes me appreciate how hard I've worked and keeps me motivated to get bigger and stronger.
5. There is ALWAYS someone bigger and stronger then you, so until that is not true and I'm the biggest and strongest I won't be done!!!!! So look out Ed Coan and Ronnie Colmen I'm comin' for both ya!!!
6. But mostly becuase lifting is a great sport, with great folks, and it's rewarding and benefitial, you're achievements spur greater goals! It's a never ending circle that gets better all the time!
OMG I turn 41 this week I better get to the gym!
07-22-2006 10:24 AM
1. The progress I make and the compliments I get from people at the gym.
2. Living a healthy life since my mother is a heavy smoker and has developed gout, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
3. Whooping the living crap out of former teammates and others in pickup football games during the weekends.
4. Remaining attractive for the ladies, I'm sure this might be a high priority for us, especially JBlaze
07-22-2006 11:06 AM
1) with all my health issues if i was unhealthy i would most likely be dead.
2) my nephew, knowing i can play soccer, swim , keep up with him.
3) Being 260 in high school/college and looking at that picture and thinking never again.
4) having classmates who i see at the 5,10 yr things look worse than I did, and say "wow".....
5) Knowing I can push my own ass to be different, better even with health issues....
07-22-2006 11:23 AM
My dads friends son is in grade school and he gets picked on a lot I guess. The kids dad said he has to go to school to talk to the principal. My dad said "$hit, my kids twice the size of me, I would need to bring him to my work to protect me if I was getting picked on." Now that is motivation.
That and I want people to be saying "holy $hit" when I walk by at my 10 year graduation.
07-22-2006 11:27 AM
The thing I've noticed the most in all of these is looking at other family members and friends and seeing them fat and waddle around. That's the same motivation for me. Fat people surrounding me complaining about their diabetes and health problems when they eat junk and don't really dedicate themselves. Watching girl friends eat 1 meal a day and say they're dieting. That's what drives me and my quest for the knowledge and the workout.
07-22-2006 11:43 AM
I was suposed to have died from HIV eleven years ago,..went from 148 to 114 in just three weeks ! Having some muscle mass saved me. But yes, I'd say my reasons are the same as yours too. We are in better shape than those who are younger and got it all.
07-22-2006 02:10 PM
(1)watching my hero,my role model,my father die at age 60 from the effects of smoking for 30 years and from allowing himself to get to 300+ pounds after a 20 years of being a lean mean airborne infantryman after he retired from the Army he let himself go. I will never allow this to happen. (2) My wife is a sexy 5'2" 105 lb latin lady and I hate the idea that she would ever look at someone else and think "I wish my man looked like that" (3) I have 2 daughters and I want any fututre boyfriends to know that I can and will kill you with my bare hands if you defile one of my angels.
07-22-2006 02:18 PM
I can relate to that one, any kid that comes to my door for my daughter should be fearin for his life!!
Originally Posted by BUCKNUTS
07-22-2006 02:25 PM
I can go with you on the daughter thing. I have one 15 year old.
That and I hate to lose. I don’t necessarily mean in competition, I mean in life in general. Looking 10 years younger then I am, going to the gym and lifting like you belong there. Little things like that keep me working out.
At my age it’s about keeping ahead of the game.
07-22-2006 03:40 PM
i wanna be able to work out with the kids fom my school who rep wayy more than me
07-22-2006 07:05 PM
Staying healthy, active and feeling great as long as I possibly can. I fully envision myself as a 70 year old hitting the gym 5 days a week and outlifting kids in their 20's. With HRT technology the way its going, that will most likely be a reality. Im 30 now, and look better and feel better than I ever did in my 20's.
Staying attractive for my fiance/soon to be wife for the duration of our lives.
The comments and admiration for co-workers and stuff is cool, and was definitely a prime motivator in the beginning I generally just take it in stride now. Working out/dieting has become deeply ingrained in who I am now, although I may not be as focused as Id like to be every now and then I could never give it up, ever. Its part of who I am.
07-22-2006 07:29 PM
I was a overweight all the way up to grade 9 so that is a huge motivating factor for me. But mainly it's because i'm addicted to see those small but constant changes in the mirror and in the gym when i put on more muscle, drop fat and lift heavier weights, it's like a drug to me i love it so much. I'm never happier than when i'm beating the bejesus outta my body in the gym.
07-24-2006 08:30 AM
knowing that if i stop now, ive just wasted the last 10 months of everyday hard training and dieting once again, and im not doing it this time.
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