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What has motivated you to get back in shape/back to the gym?

Old 12-26-2018, 09:00 AM
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:24 AM
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
Dr friend of mine tells his patients every 20 pounds you take off can add another 5 years to your life.
I'm guessing he doesn't see many anorexics?
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:28 AM
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Round is a shape.Leave me alone.



Going to Manila end of March, will drop 25 by then.
Plus I turn 60 this year.
Picking up a new wife?
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:30 AM
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Mirror is all I needed, that and one day having to hold my breath just to cut my toe nails and feeling the pressure build as I contorted myself. Solved that by tossing my wife the clippers and laying my feet across her legs on the couch. Mirror havent found a way to solve it yet other than losing the weight and get back to my healthy weight.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:42 AM
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I'm 47 and have been on/off the gym for 20 years. Longest stretch was 8 years. Quit after burnout when doing 1.5 hrs 5 days a week. 2 years ago my 15yr old wanted to go with me (I only go before work). We went together til last summer when HE quit...and so did I. I'm good when I go but also have trouble getting started. Some motivation is how much better I feel when I'm going regular (6'1" and 205 from 195 last summer and I feel those 10 pounds!!). Other motivation is what I once COULD do! At 38 yrs old I could still do back flips in the front yard (not handsprings). Another is a recent memory: Last summer, right after I quit, I was challenged to pushups by a HS football player (friends son). I quit when he had already given up.....I had done 50 and still had a few left in me. His brother couldn't wait to get to their gym and tell everyone he got beat by an "old man". Hoping to use some of these as motivation to start back Feb 1st (I won't make a Jan 1 resolution because those never work! LOL)
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:43 AM
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Motivation, being fit and healthy so I can do things with my son and live as long as I can so I can see him and be there for him if he needs me.
Motivation, being fit, healthy and looking attractive to females.
Motivation, being fit and healthy so I can live longer than my exe, so I can urinate on her grave.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:45 AM
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I will say, just had an annual physical done. Worst year of my life for getting in the gym and eating healthy. My bloodwork came back better than it has ever been.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:07 AM
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Back in September of this year I went to do a routine check up. Dr said my BP was too high and so was my cholesterol level. He said if I couldn't get it down to normal then I would be on BP meds for the rest of my life. He said 20 minutes of walking/running a day and eating less carbs, sugar and fatty foods would do it. I started a meal plan that they deliver 3 times a day 5 days a week and I only ate that and protein bars in between to curb the appetite. The first 2 weeks were the hardest. So fast forward and I am down 18lbs and BP is back to normal. I started jogging/walking then would jump on a bike and do a few miles 3 times a week. Through Thanksgiving and Christmas I haven't gained any weight and I haven't ran in 2 weeks. I don't need to lose anymore weight now I am just wanting to get in good shape and maintain.

The low carb meal plan was a critical part of my goals. I had bad eating habits especially when you get really hungry. You tend to grab whatever is available making poor eating decisions.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:26 AM
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For those of you who can't stand going to a gym, then don't. Do something else though. Anything. Just move. I have never been in a gym. Probably because people irritate me. But I have ridden a bike every morning in the neighborhood where I live. Been doing this for 40 years. Then weights or stairs later on. Every day is different. I will not ride on roads with traffic because Florida drivers suck. I heard it's the worst state for cyclists. Good luck. Vary your routine if you get bored.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:41 AM
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If you have one in your area, I highly recommend joining an F3 group. Won’t cost you a dime. If you are not familiar with F3, look up F3Nation. I have been a member for about 15 months and it has been a lot of fun. I am a marathon runner and joined the group for some cross training. I actually gained 15 pounds in 3 months. I was in great shape when I started, but the workouts still cut my tail because they are never the same and you have no idea what they will be. Try it. A very unique fitness program model.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:49 AM
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Just got back from the gym about 10 min ago.
40 min of cardio and a chest workout.
What motivated me was simple. I realized I was fat bastard and " I " needed to do something about it.
Not even close to where I want to be but at least I'm not going backwards.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:58 AM
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Kids.

And wanting to be able to eat junk food when I want. Gym routine allows me to binge on cookies sometimes. Or eggnog. Or burgers. Or candy.

heading to Gym now actually.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by bulldog98 View Post
If you have one in your area, I highly recommend joining an F3 group. Won’t cost you a dime. If you are not familiar with F3, look up F3Nation. I have been a member for about 15 months and it has been a lot of fun. I am a marathon runner and joined the group for some cross training. I actually gained 15 pounds in 3 months. I was in great shape when I started, but the workouts still cut my tail because they are never the same and you have no idea what they will be. Try it. A very unique fitness program model.
I know some guys that swear by this group in my area. They seem like a good group of people.
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:34 PM
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I'm married to a hottie....

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same here!

Do I really have to say it?
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:38 PM
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Motivation?? If most posting on this thread would take a few minutes each day and look around at the shape/weight of most people above 50, you would see where you're going. The diet and lifestyle we've become accustomed too is not good...... 50 years ago, we really didn't have the resources to figure out how to change it; today it's all at our fingertips. The choice is ours, either follow the herd and become what we see or make a firm commitment to not be like the average US citizen.
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:36 PM
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The health app on my phone. Looked it for the first about 6 weeks after getting the phone in January 2015. It showed I had walked 15,000+ steps while shoveling snow. It started me walking on a regular bases.
I set a goal to achieve of 6,000 steps/day for the entire year of 2018. I am currently at 6133 steps per day. I walked 13+ miles on Sunday. My wife has started to walking more because of it and a friend now tags along with me on many of my walks.

I also use the heart rate monitor app.
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:48 PM
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My wife recently drug my ass to an Orange Theory class, it was a really good work out and it was loaded with 30-50yr old smoke shows. Now I try and hit weekday classes around mid morning after all the housewives drop the kids off at school and go workout. My motivation is being stuck in a room with 60 smokin hot sweaty chicks, I love it!!
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:26 PM
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Agree with the diet comments. I eat dried apricots, dried cherrys, almonds and pretzels as my snacks. If I start eating chips, chocolate, etc, I can see the results(weight gain).

Don't overlook your calorie intake from drinks like soda, iced tea, lemonade, etc. I cut lemonade, ice tea and similar drinks with water.

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Old 12-26-2018, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
Dr friend of mine tells his patients every 20 pounds you take off can add another 5 years to your life. There is a lot that goes into that (not smoking, eating better and working out), but its a good starter.

Basically what my Dr just told me, my weight has crept back up to places I do not like however she did tell me no need to worry about during Holidays but I want 20+lbs off you by summer.

Time to buckle down, hell already even cut back to 1-2 glasses of bourbon a WEEK instead of 1 or so every other evening . Have had some back issues last 6-8 weeks and got me out of my routine of walking .

Amazing how it slips back up on you and I can find every excuse in the world but it ain’t gonna help Don’t really eat all that bad but Dr told me just as bad is loading up with the “white stuff” is eating large portions of “good stuff”.

Never been a gym guy anyway since HS and not looking to do any distance runs just get 25-35lbs off and KEEP it off , did real well for about 5 yrs then it slipped back gradually
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