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Hard to remain motivated!!
Hard to remain motivated!!
11/30/12 8:43 AM
I am planning on starting insanity (for like the hundredth time) in 3 days but I am so worried that I am going to lose motivation AGAIN!! I always get excited to do it and then after 3 days I throw in the towel. The longest I have done it was a week. I can do the workouts but I just get bored so easily. I know that it can give some great results (and thats what I am looking for) but with me doing it alone, I lose all motivation. I need to do it because I have gained a few pounds. I am overweight but only by like 5 pounds. I just want to feel better as well as look better. Plus, I always end up gaining weight so I feel like I get discouraged more than bored. I know that the weight is muscle but I am obsessed with losing weight and I know that it wont work overnight! It was so much easier to do this when I was single. But now Im married, my husband loves fast food, and doesnt care if he works out or not. Im not trying to blame him but Its hard.

Any tips? Anyone want to start with me so that we can record our workouts to one another?
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RE: Hard to remain motivated!!
11/30/12 10:05 AM as a reply to andreabrabham.
andreabrabham:
I am planning on starting insanity (for like the hundredth time) in 3 days but I am so worried that I am going to lose motivation AGAIN!! I always get excited to do it and then after 3 days I throw in the towel. The longest I have done it was a week. I can do the workouts but I just get bored so easily. I know that it can give some great results (and thats what I am looking for) but with me doing it alone, I lose all motivation. I need to do it because I have gained a few pounds. I am overweight but only by like 5 pounds. I just want to feel better as well as look better. Plus, I always end up gaining weight so I feel like I get discouraged more than bored. I know that the weight is muscle but I am obsessed with losing weight and I know that it wont work overnight! It was so much easier to do this when I was single. But now Im married, my husband loves fast food, and doesnt care if he works out or not. Im not trying to blame him but Its hard.

Any tips? Anyone want to start with me so that we can record our workouts to one another?


Hi Andrea!

I think having a group working out with help. Also defining you WHY- why do you want to do this? Why is it important to you? AND posting it where you can see it will help. Have you talked to your husband about your goals? Maybe he will be more supportive.

Come join us! Motivation & Support Thread

Happy to help with any questions! love Insanity!

Cheers!
Christina
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RE: Hard to remain motivated!!
11/30/12 10:20 AM as a reply to andreabrabham.
I hear you! I've been married 12 years to a guy that has never made fitness a priority. His eating has gotten much better since we've been married, but fitness just isn't something he "gets". It took me a while to realize that I had to do it for ME. Believe me, I get the struggle. And then add in three kids...

I'm same as you...battle the same 5-8 pounds. I'm a week away from COMPLETING Insanity. And I'm getting burnt out. BUT. What helped me was focusing on the gains in strength and NOT worrying about the scale. I think I got burnt out bcs I started weighing in around Thanksgiving and focusing on the wrong aspect of the workouts. I have had amazing results, but the number on the scale was bumming me out. WRONG focus. The positive gains? My flexibility has increased amazingly. My core is ripped (except for the extra skin from carrying 10 pound babies. Oh well), my arms are defined. By lower body is tighter than its ever been. But I'm still getting burnt out. I do get bored. I'm used to more dance fitness types of workouts, so this is a huge departure. Mentally, I kind of break down the workouts. Like, the first month, it's essentially the warm up and stretch, and really only two interval circuits before the cool down. So it goes pretty fast. Esp. if you think of the first interval of ea. circuit as kind of a warm up for the circuit. I don't know...that helped me. Plus - there's no better feeling than being sweat drenched and DONE. And honestly, even though I really look forward to the recovery days, the reality is I don't really like the recovery workouts and would much rather be doing the cardio workouts. Don't know if that helped at all...
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RE: Hard to remain motivated!!
11/30/12 10:21 AM as a reply to andreabrabham.
Hi Andrea! Having the right mindset is a big part of fitness. You need to ask yourself WHY you are starting Insanity and remind yourself of that reason every time you go to workout.

One of the best ways to stay motivated is to have a goal in mind, and when you reach that goal, reward yourself. For instance, you may want to have a goal to follow the Insanity schedule for 3 weeks and then if you hit that goal, reward yourself with a shopping trip or massage. This way you are constantly working towards something.

If your lack of motivation stems from the fact that you are doing this alone, you may want to talk to your coach about a challenge group. If you don't have a coach or aren't in contact with yours, I'd be happy to find a group for you from my own team.

If it's boredom that's plaguing you, you may want to consider a hybrid of two programs. P90X, ChaLEAN Extreme, Brazil Butt Lift, and Rev Abs all pair well with Insanity.

Something just clicked with me the other day as I was working out. I didn't feel strong enough to finish the full minute of the move and wanted to break. But then I asked myself why I bought the program in the first place. The program wasn't going to work if I didn't put in the effort and I wasn't going to get stronger if I kept breaking at the same point every time. You may want to ask yourself the same thing: Why did you buy Insanity in the first place?

Don't worry so much about the scale. How you feel is more important, as is your fitness level. If both are improving, then you're on the right track. You have to give it time, as tough as that may be, but consistency is the key.
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RE: Hard to remain motivated!!
11/30/12 4:53 PM as a reply to andreabrabham.
I completely understand what you are saying. I too have had my struggles, but here is the deal....do you want to look good?? do you want to be healthy??? In 60 days you can be both. follow the Nutrition plan. buy the items need for a weeks worth of meals. if you work make your meals in the morning and bring them with you. come home and immediately push play!!! don't get distracted. don't make excuses (because any excuse will do). make the commitment to your self. Make sure to take pictures and measurements. Weigh yourself every morning at the same time. X out the days you complete. do not try to make up days.

Ive got 12 days left, ive lost 19 lbs. I am getting ripped and you can too!!!!!

AJ
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RE: Hard to remain motivated!!
11/30/12 9:19 PM as a reply to ajpb.
Andrea,

It could be that Insanity is not the right program for you right now if you lose motivation after only a week.

For example, I personally do not like cardio, but I have found I like kickboxing and I like weight lifting. So, I have Beachbody programs that focus on that. It is more "fun" for me and then I want to do it more.

When I did Insanity, I struggled through it. It was hard for me to be motivated to do it. I knew it would bring me really good results, so I stuck with it, and it did. But I am glad I had other Beachbody programs that got me in the habit of working out every day first. Otherwise, I might not have been able to get through the 60 days.

I hope you continue to stick with fitness and working out!

Rachael
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RE: Hard to remain motivated!!
12/1/12 9:20 AM as a reply to andreabrabham.
Hey Andrea!

I know what you mean!! Insanity is a tough workout, and I wanted to quit the first 2 weeks. I told everyone I knew I was doing it though so I felt too much pride to quit. Do you think that would help you? I agree though the workouts got boring to me after a little while; have you looked at TurboFire? It's dancing/kickboxing, but I haven't gotten tired of it.

Some other ideas for Insanity or any workout are:
-to repeat a mantra like (I'm stronger than this!)
-PLAN your workout each day and schedule the time for it
-set rewards for yourself (I like green tea at Starbucks, soft socks, a cheap facial mask at Target, etc)
-PREP your meals before hand...the more you can do on the weekend the better.
-Join a workout group or challenge. Even if you husband won't join you (this time....maybe one day!), you need an accountability partner!! I started one when I started Insanity because everyone locally thought i was nuts for doing it. I asked around online and found some people with similar goals and workouts and made a group! I love it! We share tips, motivational posts, fit tests, progress (you should see this lady's abs from P90X!), meal plans, and also host a monthly challenge and giveaway to those crushing their goals. If you'd like me to add you to it I can--it's mostly women and several of us are doing Insanity or have in the past. My profile is fb.com/kaleesorey if you want me to add you to it--it's private so only members can see what we post & no spam or antyhing.
-SET a goal like Christmas, New Years, Valentines, Summer Vacation, your birthday, day 30 etc
-PLAN for holidays, parties, etc. and figure out what you are okay with and what you need to plan around food/drink wise. I do a 90/10 approach to keep my results but also not go crazy over skipping EVERY dessert.

I know you mentioned you are in the army--have you tried any other workouts that you know you love? Do you like strength training over cardio? That was my biggest challenge--i love weights, and it took me a little time to adjust to being constantly out of breath with insanity--but the biggest challenges are what we need most ;) Good luck!!
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