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    The #1 problem people have with motivating themselves is that they get tunnel vision, think too far ahead, give up and never just keep it simple and take it one step at a time. Think back on everything major you've accomplished in life and realize that it didn't happen overnight. It happened because what you did in the moment.

    It sounds like getting off to a start is no problem for you, so you are doing better than so many people in the self-motivation game!

    What you need now is some follow-through. The average behavior takes 28 consecutive days to become "normal" (obviously this will vary) and until that point you will need to push yourself out of your comfort zone. That comfort zone can even be something like not wanting to be bored or simply having the feeling that you're making progress.

    So what you need to understand is that 2 weeks into your routine, you're not finished! Relatively speaking, it's like you were 2 weeks of exercise lighter but you haven't even started.

    If you struggle to stay commit to goals, set them day by day. Personally, I just tell myself as long as I did better than the day before then I've reached my goal for that day. If you can muster up the fortitude, keep the same goals and recommit to them every morning. Write yourself notes, print pictures of yourself when you were younger and skinnier near your bed, whatever it takes to remind you why you started this endeavor in the first place.

    Anything that anyone else can do, you can do. They have no mystical power, they have the right mindset, and that is all you'll need to come up with to put your body into action.

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    print pictures of yourself when you were younger and skinnier near your bed, whatever it takes to remind you why you started this endeavor in the first place.
    I'm only 19 - I laughed out loud at this bit

    The rest of your post makes a lot of sense though. I guess I just have to force myself until it doesn't feel like I'm forcing myself into a new routine anymore. I need to work on my will power! And remind myself constantly of why I'm doing this. I might try keeping a food/exercise log, but I tend to be shoddy at updating those sort of things on a regular basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oeufa View Post
    I'm only 19 - I laughed out loud at this bit

    The rest of your post makes a lot of sense though. I guess I just have to force myself until it doesn't feel like I'm forcing myself into a new routine anymore. I need to work on my will power! And remind myself constantly of why I'm doing this. I might try keeping a food/exercise log, but I tend to be shoddy at updating those sort of things on a regular basis.


    Some people's will power is based on trying to will something. This sometimes works, but what works a whole lot better is the POWAH. Be aware of it, be honest with yourself. You have a choice to make healthy decisions, and the future you will be sooo thankful you did.

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    Another forum I frequent seems very supportive of the couch to 5K programme, which I'm going to adopt. I think it'll give me a proper goal to aim for, in manageable chunks . I'm excited to actually start it - my own efforts weren't very well thought out.
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    The government is going to go after fat people soon.

    Do you really want to get sent to a concentration camp?
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    I live in Ireland. If the government were to go after fatties we'd have no politicians left in Leinster House. That wouldn't be a bad thing
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    You don't. You just do what you need to then hope you will feel better about it later. I think the biggest problems people face while trying to get healthy (myself included) is that they either wait for some momentum to come along and do all the work for them, or they get motivated in spurts of enthusiasm that quickly die out once the uncomfortable body changes start taking place.

    My technique has always been to surround myself with skinny ass bitches, then keep up with their schedules. You find that they are rarely thinking about or eating food. Engage in other activities. Don't organize eating either thats bad. Just eat something small and healthy when you are hungry then go do something else for a while. Don't think about it.



    *Although I am not really one to talk since I have gained 20 lbs. But whatever, that's how I USED to be skinny.

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