What’s Your Workout Motivation?
Two years ago, I was at my heaviest: 185 pounds. This may not seem like a lot to some of you, but keep in mind that I’m pretty short – only 5’3”. According to any BMI calculator, I was obese (and I definitely looked it).
I wasn’t always that heavy. It just so happened I gained 30 pounds while in a 3-year relationship and working 40+ hours a week. When you’re in a relationship, you’re always going out to eat. Throw in the fact that I was too exhausted to hit the gym after work, and that’s a recipe for disaster. Luckily, the best thing ever happened to me: I got dumped.
Don’t get me wrong: I was frustrated about getting dumped. I was moping around for a few days, but the breakup ultimately inspired me to improve myself. After all, isn’t living well the best revenge? I took that statement to heart and started to transform my life.
I scoured the internet for the best weight-loss tips and applied them daily. I kept a food journal, alternated between cardio and weight lifting six days a week, and cut out any and all junk food – soft drinks, chips and the like. Seven months later, I was down 36 pounds. I’ve been able to keep that weight off ever since. Best of all, my ex-girlfriend is no longer my motivation – she’s long gone. Instead, I’ve found long-term motivators: improved health and energy, a better body and renewed self-confidence. I couldn’t ask for more.
So what’s your motivation for self-improvement? Maybe it’s your family’s health history. Maybe you’re just tired of being fat. Whatever it is, take advantage and use it to push harder at the gym. And if your motivation ever starts to fade, come back to MenScience Magazine and check out our Nutrition, Fitness and Health sections for help on staying on track to achieve your best body ever. As for me, I’m off to the gym. Good luck. – Geoffrey
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