For me most of my life I always been fat. In high school I made alot of dumb choices that cause me to go into depression. Dumb choices that still affects me even till today. I was in such a depression I gained alot of weight (330 pounds) and my life was going nowhere. I got to a point where I didn't know what to do with my life anymore, and I felt like giving up.
But last year I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself, and started figuring out ways to fix my problems. One of my main goals was to lose weight and get healthy. So for months I started watching what I eat and I went to the gym everyday. I ended up losing 67 pounds and I'm now 263. I'm determined to get a nice muscle build no matter how long it takes.
I look at myself in the mirror and imagine having a nice physique 1 day. That's what keeps me motivated to keep training at the gym. I'm still learning about new stuff when it comes to bodybuilding, and I hope to gain more knowledge when the months goes by.
01-27-2013, 09:23 AM #1
What keeps you so motivated to train at the gym?
01-27-2013, 09:30 AM #2
- Join Date: Oct 2004
- Location: United States
- Age: 43
- Posts: 8,839
- Rep Power: 33762
For MY own personal motivation, it really all balls down to me just imaging what I really want to look like...
to help keep me going, I surround myself with alot of positive people who have similar goals of self-improvement (mentally as well as physically), and/or people in groups who strive to keep each other going
It's hard to do things by yourself these days, unfortunatelySTRENGTH AND HONOR
01-27-2013, 11:32 AM #3
- Join Date: Dec 2006
- Location: Kyle, Texas, United States
- Age: 38
- Posts: 12
- Rep Power: 0
01-27-2013, 02:33 PM #4
01-27-2013, 02:49 PM #5
01-27-2013, 03:09 PM #6
01-27-2013, 04:17 PM #7
I feel for you man, I was in your shoes..Always fat in highschool girls didn't pay me mind...Although id like to believe that i haven't changed for the girls..But They are my motivation,Every week i get better and better,Slimmer and slimmer and one day The vision you Envision will become a reality, Train like a champion today, Live the rest of your life a champion. Best of luck my friend.
01-27-2013, 04:28 PM #8
01-27-2013, 04:40 PM #9
01-27-2013, 05:18 PM #10
Always being small and weak as a kid. I missed a lot of school due to illness. Never tried out for sports because I was always too small. Now I'm strong and healthy,, and I have an insatiable drive to get bigger, leaner, faster, and stronger. I think it stems from a sense of loss, having missed out on all those things (sports) as a kid. In a way I think I'm trying to make up for lost time.What's your excuse today?
01-27-2013, 05:27 PM #11
The confidence i have gained and the respect i have earned keep me motivated. Gym has changed me mentally more than physically (even though tonnes of people notice the physical change which is always motivating) i now have a attitude that is stronger than ever and all about being the best i can be. My beliefs have changed too i now know i can do anything... i repeat anything in this ****ing world that any other human being can do.For all your motivational needs visit http://www.dontstopdreaming.com
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/DontStopDreamingMotivation
01-27-2013, 05:29 PM #12
Glad to hear the Positivity on this thread. I know we all have are own obstacles to overcome in life, and even as we age well all still make mistakes. As long as we learn from are mistakes and keep moving forward in life is all that counts. I wish everyone the best of luck and hope you all reach your fitness goals. In the end life is all about doing things that makes you happy, and we all should live life to the fullest.
01-27-2013, 06:03 PM #13
01-27-2013, 07:10 PM #14
Warning: blog ahead.
Junior year of high school; Junior prom was right around the corner. All the guys running around asking girls.
I won't bore you with details; I asked 3 girls to prom, got rejected 3 times. That really shot my self-esteem to hell. I was always a bit of a loser really, but that really put the nail in the coffin.
A month later, the school year was over.
I'm not sure what clicked, but I just got sick and tired of feeling sorry for myself. So on first day of summer break, I got my ass into the gym. Since day 1, I've been determined to never feel sorry for myself ever again. I will never settle for being mediocre ever again. I will never be average ever again.
I have a dream, a vision, and I will achieve it come hell or high water.
Everyone who ever doubted me will see what I am capable of. That's what motivates me most, to prove everyone wrong.
01-27-2013, 10:32 PM #15
For me personally, I know if I bust my ass on day 1 then the next day I think.. why waste all that effort busting my ass yesterday if I'm gunna slack today? I went through all of that trouble yesterday, I might as well not make it go to waste. And I do this constantly from day to day.. really helps me remember my goals and keep my focus."When you want to succeed as bad as you wanna breathe, THEN you'll be successful."
Current Lifting Stats: 335 lb deadlift, 235 lb squat, 215 lb bench press
Goal Lifting Stats: 2.5 x BW deadlift, 2 x BW squat, 1.5 x BW bench press
01-27-2013, 10:46 PM #16
Often I think about my 18 yr old self... If only I could go back in time and bitch slap that guy, tell him to man up, tell him to make lifting a permanent facet of his life, to stick with it, to never quit. If I lifted continuously for four years (I'm 22 now), I would be a beast...but I didn't. I kept quitting. Got lazy. And now I am not the best version of myself that I could have been.
And then I realize: I don't want my 26 yr old self to look back at me four year from now with that same measure of contempt. And therefore, I refuse to quit.PATH OF IRON:
"Inspiration for the Neo-Renaissance Weightlifter"
01-28-2013, 04:59 AM #17
- Join Date: Jan 2013
- Location: Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
- Age: 25
- Posts: 83
- Rep Power: 86
My dad always taught me there would be no solutions without problems and no progress without solutions.
Problems are always a part of everyone's life to what ever degree they are universal. The only difference is the lengths people are prepared to go to to solve their problems. I motivate myself by doing what alot of others do, "Do today what others' won't and tomorrow do what they can't".
My intention to do what it takes to solve my problems is my motivation.When the Eagles are silent, the Parrots will jabber.
01-28-2013, 05:14 AM #18
01-28-2013, 12:47 PM #19
- Join Date: Jan 2013
- Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
- Age: 28
- Posts: 6
- Rep Power: 0
01-28-2013, 01:21 PM #20
- Join Date: Dec 2010
- Location: Northfield, Minnesota, United States
- Age: 42
- Posts: 803
- Rep Power: 4576
The only way that I've been able to lose and keep away my obesity is to become a gym rat.
If that's who I have to be, fine, that's who I have to be. I've learned to love what I can and endure what I must. I'm a grown man, it's not all video games and ice cream any more...330->210. Drop me a PM if you're just getting started and want some advice.
Do what you love and you'll never workout a day in your life.
01-28-2013, 07:24 PM #21
- Join Date: May 2012
- Location: Lincroft, New Jersey, United States
- Posts: 7
- Rep Power: 0
By Mr Gastric in forum Post Your Pictures and Introduce YourselfReplies: 78Last Post: 07-28-2014, 12:00 AM
By jackg90 in forum Contest Prep and Competition DiscussionReplies: 16Last Post: 06-28-2012, 08:01 AM
By The Tall Man in forum Workout ProgramsReplies: 312Last Post: 01-25-2010, 01:42 PM
By unfjoel in forum MotivationReplies: 33Last Post: 07-28-2009, 11:44 PM
By tgutz in forum Over Age 35Replies: 44Last Post: 01-09-2005, 02:39 PM