Losing Motivation with weight loss.
May 18, 2011 12:12 PM Subscribe
I've been working out and seeing progress but everything seems to be like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 step back, making it hard for me right now to keep up the motivation. Just trying to figure out if I am doing anything wrong or if something could help.
posted by loser8008 to health & fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
To begin…After the end of a semester recently, I finished with a lot of stress and accomplished a lot academic wise. My weight was at a high of 260 lb, where a year and a half before that I was at a weight of 226 lbs. During that time there was a lot of stress and different things happening in my life, and I really don’t remember what happened with myself during that time but next thing I knew it I was at 260. Finally things were calming down and I decided to being getting back in shape. I am a 22 years old male about 5’6” where my goal is to get down around 200 lbs or 180 lbs, where I just have some simple goals I would like to meet like a military physical type test not trying to really get muscle and be a bodybuilder, at least not now. So 4 months later I ended up at a weight of around 230, again I don’t remember how it all really happened as I was just motivated. I started going to the gym 3 weeks straight just about none stop full body routine lifting, cardio. From there I stopped going to the gym regularly as I was working 35 hrs. a week in a grocery store stocking shelves lifting heavy boxes loading and unloading, so I was exhausted and was getting a good workout in itself. Then at one point I began getting the energy, thrive, and motivation to go to the gym and just work on cardio when I could. Did this for a while about 3 times a week and next thing you know it I was at 230. I had different motivation the first being the general health, the second being there was a girl and the third being that girl ended up with some other guy which fueled some fire.
Then the holidays and new year came and I was working more long shifts and wanted to avoid the gym crowds so stopped going to the gym. Ended up getting really sick with the flu for a week, got better but sustained a bad cough. Moved back to school end up with sickness induced asthma and ended up not being able to breathe good for 2 months. So 2 ½ months later, not going to the gym or doing much activity aside from 20 hrs a week work, and being lazy and eating crappy I end up at a weight of 250lbs. That alone had me depressed then I looked at myself in the mirror and just wondered what the hell happened how is that possible, even eating bad I never really exceeded 2500 calories in a day. I think a lot of the cause was all the medication I was on for about a month including steroids, prednisone for about 2-3 weeks. But yea depressed I started working out again losing a 1lb a week and got down to 243 lb. then as my schedule is horribly inconsistent I didn’t get a chance to go to the gym as much, 3 days a week instead of the normal 6. Ended up cheating more on foods, drinking sodas, after 40 days without it as I needed to study and get things done, along with beer to celebrate afterwards being in college lol. But after 2 weeks of that I ended up at 250 lbs once again like nothing. I figure a lot was just bloating and have been working out and feel a lot better and look better then when I was 260 and 250 before but the scale seems to be at a weight of 249. but I guess if I continue it will continue to go down and get back.
I've got the weight lifting down with plenty of compound exercises working all areas and making progress, was originally doing a 5 day routine working all the muscle groups. But with an inconsistent schedule i've switched to about 4 more intense workouts throughout, usually chest/triceps, back/biceps, and legs, shoulders usually a days rest between each group or some variation of it.
But long story short I am losing motivation. I don’t know if it is common to have the type of constant 2 steps forward 1 step back type of thing whenever I mess up for a week or two. The only thing constant with progress is the muscle growth. I am just afraid that if I take some time off nothing progresses. I don’t cheat bad, again defiantly never exceed 2500 calories a day, but I would say being in college that beer ends up being the gateway for a lot of foods and stuff. I am motivated to reach my goal but its annoying and slow at the moment day to day. When I got down to 230lbs. it was cake time flew by working out wasn’t a big task to do every day. Now it feels like I need to constantly work and work, and I do work at it but it gets tiring. I was content getting down to 243 within a 6 week but it seems like that all went away, as I started to do less.
Thanks in advanced.