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Unread 08-07-2012, 08:14 AM   #16
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You won't stay motivated if you never have any excitement. So get out there buy workout videos, go out to the gym, track your fitness, keep a calorie book to count your calories for every meal, etc.
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Unread 08-07-2012, 08:19 AM   #17
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I weight every week and even when in front of the tv, I usually walk in place/lift weights while watching tv. If there is nothing on, I have my mp3 playing while I walk. I also attend a weightloss group where we are constantly reminding each other how not to eat and how much more we have to keep moving. A pedometer works, too, as we're supposed to be getting around 10,000 steps (5 miles) per day. I always aim for that number.

As strange as it sounds, I keep viewing pictures of people in skimpy cosplay as a reminder of how I can look like that, with enough exercise and eating right; no other reason. I look at others as inspiration for me.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 03:55 PM   #18
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I hope i can find a weightloss group here...
I was in depression 2 weeks ago, and because of it I loss 2kg in some days. Now I begin to gain weight again, but in fact i need to lose more. Before, I lost my weight because I thought it's no use for me to eat since I feel useless. But now when I'm a bit happier, i cant apply these thoughts anymore. So, I guess... I'll just look to my dream cosplayer pictures and imagine what I will do if I become as tiny as them. I downloaded some manga that I want to cosplay to, imagine the skit I will do if I can cosplay them again. That helps

Well... since it's holiday, I can't wait to see my college friend's surprised face when they see me a bit thinner. Hahaha...

I have no money to go to gym, so I try to move as often as possible. I begin to ride bicycle again, whenever I have time I do sit ups, etc.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 04:08 PM   #19
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So, many responds! Thanks ever so much everyone. I've got quite a few idea's to keep me interested now!
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Unread 08-18-2012, 02:29 AM   #20
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You won't stay motivated if you never have any excitement. So get out there buy workout videos, go out to the gym, track your fitness, keep a calorie book to count your calories for every meal, etc.
And also make exercise a permanent part of your schedule.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 02:30 AM   #21
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You won't stay motivated if you never have any excitement. So get out there buy workout videos, go out to the gym, track your fitness, keep a calorie book to count your calories for every meal, etc.
And also make exercise a permanent part of your schedule.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #22
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I use an exercise app titled Zombies, Run. I only allow myself to watch a new anime or television show episode if I work out, I buy work out gear and make sure to use it. Also counting calories is a must, once you do it things are way easier.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 06:58 PM   #23
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I just keep picturing myself looking really amazing in a certain cosplay outfit. I look at fitness blogs on tumblr, and I always picture myself looking THAT AMAZING. I know its possible, so I will try my best.

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Unread 08-20-2012, 09:11 AM   #24
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I use an exercise app titled Zombies, Run. I only allow myself to watch a new anime or television show episode if I work out, I buy work out gear and make sure to use it. Also counting calories is a must, once you do it things are way easier.
I am addicted to Zombies, Run! My dad actually had to force me to stay on the couch the other day because I was so sore from the day before and still wanted to go out because I HAD TO KNOW what happens next! i'm actually about to go out and run with it right now!
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Unread 08-20-2012, 03:12 PM   #25
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This reminds me of swim meets, well it may not be the same reason for normal (?) exercise or non-team activities it still helps to think that your not the only one wanting to achieve the goal. Like at the swim meets I always think "I need to do my best or i'll let the team and my parents down" and that always gets me going as fast as I can (although as long as I try my hardest i'm not letting anyone down just to clear that up =/) and what I find helps (especially in the 4X100M relay) is the "hot guy at the other end of the pool" mind set xD

There's my advice just have a good support team and you can do anything ^^
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Unread 08-20-2012, 08:53 PM   #26
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I'm finding it hard to stay motivated, I want to lose weight, I want to get into shape... But with the way my job is right now I a.) open the restaurant, so I don't have time to go to the gym with my bf and b.) am so exhausted having to get up at five in the morning, and running on only five hours of sleep... I'm doing the diet thing, water only, and I'm portioning out my meals... But I really need to start doing more exercise. I have the wii fit, I have the weights here to do some work out... I just can't seem to push myself...

Does anyone know of a way to get motivated in the first place? I was thinking of posting up a picture of the costume I want to get into, but I'm not sure if that will motivate me or just depress me even more. I feel bad about myself, I really do want to work out, but like I said, I'm just so exhausted that I can't feel myself exercising...
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Unread 08-21-2012, 02:01 AM   #27
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So I stay pretty active (sambo practice a few times a week, plus weightlifting, plus a good 40-70 miles of cycling a week just getting around this hilarious city), and I've found a few things help me stay motivated.
-One is functional goals, which typically come to me by way of martial arts/grappling. In my case, I want to be able to squat/deadlift more so that I can mighty mighty back and leg muscles to suplex dudes (if you've never suplexed anyone, it is like the most spiritually satisfying feeling ever).
-Second, I like to think of fitness as an insurance plan. The more active I stay, the slower entropy will overtake my mortal form. The healthier I am, the less likely I am to develop diabetes or high blood pressure or any of the other scourges that plague America. The denser my bones and the more muscle tissue I can wrap them in, the less likely I am to be injured by unforseen accidents.
Since I lack *actual* health insurance, this is compounded by economic interests and a deep desire to not be plunged into medical dept.
-Third, I like fighting against stereotypes. The assumption that nerds are all fat and unathletic or rail-thin and weak always bothered me, and as a HUGE nerd, I want to be as much a living counterexample to the worst that others might assume about My People.
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Unread 08-22-2012, 02:34 AM   #28
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MetalArtisan - I like your views!
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Unread 08-22-2012, 03:43 AM   #29
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If only I could give out upvotes on this site... I too can vouch Slapthefatcat's claim that Metal Artisan's view is awesome.

For me, especially when it comes to things like running and cycling, I am in it for the sights! The beach is 13 miles away you say? Hey then, lets go and hang out at the beach for a while and come back. I don't have a license or car you say? That's fine. At 0.00$ a gallon, my legs will take me there just fine! Oh there is a giant hill you say? Not a problem, hills are awesome!! I'll just enjoy the view as I am descending down that hill. But your legs are on fire and screaming for you to stop you say; well you got me there, but that is also what make its fun! Nothing like climbing a giant hill on a fixed gear bicycle or sprinting by foot! That shortness of breath and the feeling that your lungs are going to explode and that your legs turned into linguine like Rick James on Eddie Murphy's couch!

Usually on my long distance rides/runs I try to make it a point to experience something new each time. Whether that be traveling to a different place in itself or taking another route to a particular place, I try to make it so that each experience will yield something new and exciting, mix it up!

Oh and I spend hours staring at comparisons of Christian Bale between the Machinist and Batman Begins, and then back to the Fighter, and then to the Dark Knight rises again. Hes human right, so I should be able to do it. At the same time, Christian Bale is not human, but still inspires me to work harder....

Speaking of which I need to work harder!!
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Unread 08-22-2012, 05:27 AM   #30
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Exactly, Igai! Cycling is one of those life hacks, when you get down to it. It's an alternative to driving that saves you money, gets you in shape, AND saves the environment in one fell swoop!
My best bike ride was riding from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids (Michigan) in a single jaunt; about 45 miles, slightly uphill the whole way, and on a not very good bike. I stayed the night in GR, and made the return ride the next day. My legs were sore, to be sure, but I felt like a total baller.
I like your Christian Bale example. I think we tend to get stuck in this idea that our physical form is immutable, and we must simply accept the body that was dealt us by fate, as though at random. It's really not the case; we change every day, and it's a matter of choosing the direction of change. Do we want to gradually slide into lethargy and frailty as entropy sinks it's claws into our bones? Or do we want to fight and shape ourselves until, we too, are ripped like Batman?
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