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Motivation
Motivation
12/27/12 3:42 PM
Hey everyone! My question for you all is..what keeps you motivated to keep with Insanity?
I bought it about a month ago, fell off the horse after two days, and have been trying to get back on it ever since but have kept falling off the horse. Today I just finished Day 1 Pylometric Cardio Circuit again. I want to keep at it REALLY bad, but am going to Vegas for a few days next week, so I'm afraid I'm going to let myself slip again.

Advice??
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RE: Motivation
12/27/12 8:30 PM as a reply to Shayliz419.
The key is join a good support group and thread to keep you motivated. Having a team / group of friends that you are accountable to and post with every day is critical to your success both for the short term and long term fitness goals. You are welcome to join my thread if you need support.
Coach Greg
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RE: Motivation
12/28/12 6:07 PM as a reply to Shayliz419.
Shayliz419:
Hey everyone! My question for you all is..what keeps you motivated to keep with Insanity?
I bought it about a month ago, fell off the horse after two days, and have been trying to get back on it ever since but have kept falling off the horse. Today I just finished Day 1 Pylometric Cardio Circuit again. I want to keep at it REALLY bad, but am going to Vegas for a few days next week, so I'm afraid I'm going to let myself slip again.

Advice??


I had a hard time staying motivated as well but I do a few little things to just remind me why I wanted to start the program in the first place. If you have the workout schedule I recommend hanging it up on the wall and crossing off the days as you complete your workouts. Sometimes if you have that as a visual it will remind you that you won't want to skip your workouts. Also, write out your goals and post them somewhere you will see them everyday. I have mine right on my bathroom mirror.

I'm attaching the jar idea that I use that seems to help. It pretty much kills me when I have to put a pebble back into the "pounds to go" jar.

More importantly don't beat yourself up about slipping. If you skip a day it's ok just pick up where you left off the next day. It is very important to follow the workout schedule but if you happen to miss a day it's not the end of the world. I would always find myself slipping after I'd skip a day and then I'd completely let myself go. Just stick with it and eventually you won't want to skip any workouts emoticon

Hope that helps!
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RE: Motivation
12/28/12 6:13 PM as a reply to Shayliz419.
I love your motivation idea. Do you mind if I use it? One of the thing I do for motivation is, I use small goals like every time I hit a 10lbs lost I do something nice for myself.
~Maria~
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RE: Motivation
12/28/12 9:01 PM as a reply to Shayliz419.
If you are just starting and about to go on a Vegas trip, I wouldn't stress yourself out about starting insanity while traveling. Constantly worrying about your workout will spoil the whole trip. Instead, I'd recommend you go on the trip and instead of insanity, do something light like going for a short run each day. That will get you started habitual icing exercising daily. I think that is crucial, because then, the exercise you do everyday is less important than the habit of doing something daily. The content isn't as important as the execution at first, in my opinion.
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RE: Motivation
12/29/12 3:24 PM as a reply to Shayliz419.
You need to really commit to the program. Don't let it be an option to do your workout every day, just decide that you're going to do it every day. Having specific goals that you want to reach helps a ton too. Being a part of a group helps for sure, but you really need to find the motivation from within to stick with it.

Tom
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RE: Motivation
12/29/12 5:08 PM as a reply to Shayliz419.
Is your schedule set? If so, what are you doing instead of pressing play?
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RE: Motivation
12/29/12 7:53 PM as a reply to Timmah1.
I have been volunteering for hurricane sandy relief for 2 months now. I put the 10 lbs I lost from my attempt at insanity back on. I realize the better I feel about myself, the better I can help serve others. I can't keep giving 70 hr weeks if I don't stay strong and eat healthy and most importantly take some time for myself
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RE: Motivation
12/29/12 11:47 PM as a reply to Shayliz419.
If you don't mind my asking, what part of the workout makes it hard for you to keep motivated? For me, it was just how insane these workouts are from day 1. There is no ramp up period. Your first real workout is the plyo cardio circuit, and it is ridiculous. When you first start, it's really hard. If you after the first 10 minutes, you already feel like dying, and the real workout hasn't even started, that's totally normal. That's how I felt on day 1. The warm up was a freaking workout for me. And at first, it was very discouraging. I felt like I was so out of shape. I mean I can't even make it through the warm up. But i just kept at it, and now the warm up actually feels like a warm up. And the month 1 dvds feel like a normal workout, and no longer insane.

If that's what's stopping you, then I guess what I'd say is to give yourself permission to fail and to take extra breaks. You are not going to have perfect form, and you are going to feel like dying, and you will need extra breaks. And that's ok. You are human. Do as much as you can, and push. But don't feel discouraged, if you can't be like Shaun T. Hell, Shaun T can't even be like Shaun T. He gets out of breath on those videos. And even his posse on the videos need breaks. Just keep at the DVDs. You will be surprised how quickly your body will improve.

6 weeks into the program, I've seen a lot of progress. I've lost inches off my waist. I can now do 50 consecutive push ups. Best of all, I feel a lot better. My office is on the 3rd floor. And now I can sprint up the 3 flights of stairs and not even feel winded. Before, I always took the elevators. Give the program a chance. It does work, if you commit to it. And like someone else already said, having an online support group can really help keep you motivated on the days you really don't feel like doing it. And believe me, I"m no superman. I have one of those days seemingly every other day. After all, I have a life, a job, a wife an kids. After a lont day, the last thing I want is to do squat and pushup jacks. And in those moments, having a support group can really help you get over that hump and get started. A lot of times, the hardest part is pushing play. Once you get started, as far as my own experience goes, it's much easier to just keep on going until you are done.


Shayliz419:
Hey everyone! My question for you all is..what keeps you motivated to keep with Insanity?
I bought it about a month ago, fell off the horse after two days, and have been trying to get back on it ever since but have kept falling off the horse. Today I just finished Day 1 Pylometric Cardio Circuit again. I want to keep at it REALLY bad, but am going to Vegas for a few days next week, so I'm afraid I'm going to let myself slip again.

Advice??
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RE: Motivation
12/30/12 7:40 AM as a reply to XinLi11.
I've been doing P90X, X+ and X2.
For me, I keep a print out of my monthly schedules and
I love the feeling of crossing out the day when I've finished
the workout. If I miss a day I circle it.
Small thing, but it works for me.
I have also kept all my monthly schedules since I started
over 3 1/2 years ago, and all the workout sheets for
the last 2 1/2 years.
Looking at them and realizing I don't want all my efforts
to go down the tubes seems to keep me motivated.
I miss very few days
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