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    So I have been struggling as of late. I can't seem to go more than a day doing the healthy things I want to and used to do. I am young and relatively fit. It is certainly nice to say about myself but it also hinders me in a weird way. its as if I am constantly (subconsciously) convincing myself that I can afford to eat pizza, bread, drink beer now and tomorrow will be the day I will change...This has been sort of a recurring trend. I have put on weight in the past without caring much and eventually kick it into high gear and get back into six pack mode only to stop caring about maintenance and improvement once I get there...

    So my question for all of you is....where do you find your motivation? Do you struggle? What do you do when you do? Do you have cheat days? How do you respond to struggles/cheat days/lack of discipline?

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    For myself, I want to be the best that I can, so I have quite high goals, such as swim 1k in the open sea, run a marathon (atleast once), do an ironman, and a whole lot of feats of strenght such as planche and human flag. Slowly working towards these things keeps me motivated to work out and eat well, and so long as I stick to that most of the time I don't feel bad when I slip up. I have no end date, or time set on many of these, and if I do its fairly broad such as end of the year or this summer etc.

    Hope that helps
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    • #3
      What helps is to have a true interest in nutrition and getting healthy. This website completely turned the way I think upside-down. Everything I grew up believing I learned to be completely wrong, and for the first time in my life, I UNDERSTAND how to get healthy and how the body works. Now that I have all this knowledge, I'm obsessed with putting it to the test. I love doing this because my diet is the complete opposite of what everyone else thinks is healthy, and it's funny watching them look at the way I eat like I'm crazy. And yet, everyone's attitude is changing as they watch me eat twice as much food as them, yet my body fat drops lower and lower as theirs becomes higher and higher as they get older and more entrenched in the typical American 8-5 workday, sitting on their ass all day. Now, they're starting to come to me for advice, and it's gratifying.

      My advice is to turn it into a challenge. Start flaunting the way you eat for the shock value. Your friends and family will initially be concerned for your health - since you're gonna die of a heart attack from all that saturated fat right? - then as they see you get thinner and thinner and healthier and healthier, they'll start coming around and before you know it, you'll be the nutrition guru of the group. That's my motivation - to get myself healthier, and to get my friends and family healthier, too. If I so much as help turn one person's life around, it's worth the hundreds of crazy looks from everyone else.

      I'm putting my body through all kinds of experiments on this site for all to see. I find it fun to be a guinea pig, and if my experiments start to help others and turn their lives around/offer them motivation, then mission accomplished.
      Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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      • #4
        Well, my motivation comes from not wanting to be in severe pain all the time. Wheat, even a little bit, will make my joints swell and ache and hurt for days; I'll get IBS and migraines and asthma, and I'll be miserable.

        Motivation? I'd say that's a hell of a motivation, wouldn't you?

        Maybe you should start associating the fake food with dirty production facilities, dead bugs and rat droppings being beaten into the batter, moldy food being put into your pizza. Make yourself sick to think about eating or drinking that stuff and you'll be able to find all the motivation you need.
        Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Griff View Post
          Well, my motivation comes from not wanting to be in severe pain all the time. Wheat, even a little bit, will make my joints swell and ache and hurt for days; I'll get IBS and migraines and asthma, and I'll be miserable.

          Motivation? I'd say that's a hell of a motivation, wouldn't you?

          Maybe you should start associating the fake food with dirty production facilities, dead bugs and rat droppings being beaten into the batter, moldy food being put into your pizza. Make yourself sick to think about eating or drinking that stuff and you'll be able to find all the motivation you need.
          It's the same for me, I used to just ache all the time, I no longer hurt all over. This is all the motivation I need to stay on the straight and narrow, so far, since January I have not eaten off my plan

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ivey View Post
            It's the same for me, I used to just ache all the time, I no longer hurt all over. This is all the motivation I need to stay on the straight and narrow, so far, since January I have not eaten off my plan
            Exactly. I wish I could give this pain to people so that they wouldn't even feel the need to cheat.
            Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

            Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


            Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

            My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mcpheenom View Post
              So I have been struggling as of late. I can't seem to go more than a day doing the healthy things I want to and used to do. I am young and relatively fit. It is certainly nice to say about myself but it also hinders me in a weird way. its as if I am constantly (subconsciously) convincing myself that I can afford to eat pizza, bread, drink beer now and tomorrow will be the day I will change...This has been sort of a recurring trend. I have put on weight in the past without caring much and eventually kick it into high gear and get back into six pack mode only to stop caring about maintenance and improvement once I get there...

              So my question for all of you is....where do you find your motivation? Do you struggle? What do you do when you do? Do you have cheat days? How do you respond to struggles/cheat days/lack of discipline?
              Just picture yourself 20 years from now, weight out of control, tons of symptoms, and you are going to a dr that is no help and it just gets worse. Everything you have been reading about what to do turns out to be wrong. Then, you find out that you can reverse the problems if you just do it this way. Would you do it, or stay huge and sick? It's going to happen, you just haven't been there yet.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Griff View Post
                Exactly. I wish I could give this pain to people so that they wouldn't even feel the need to cheat.
                While I agree with staying as motivated as possible, I still feel that "cheating" - i.e. cycling heavy carbohydrate sources on heavy workout days - is healthy and ideal. I still argue that humans are natural carb cyclers and did not eat low carb every day. Hell, when Grok stumbled on a watermelon patch or a mango grove, you can bet your ass he ate himself into a glucose coma. Why would you hunt for food when sugar doesn't run? My theory is that Grok packed on a little fat from sugary sources in the spring/summer, then, in the fall and winter, he ate a low carb/high fat diet and the cycle repeated itself. I think it's in our optimum health to cycle carbs. Just pick your carbs from good sources like potatoes/sweet potatoes, white rice, soaked beans, fermented soy, etc. I wasn't losing any body fat on Primal until I started cycling carbohydrates. Since then, I've lost about 7 pounds of pure body fat and my strength has increased marginally.
                Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mcpheenom View Post
                  So I have been struggling as of late. I can't seem to go more than a day doing the healthy things I want to and used to do. I am young and relatively fit. It is certainly nice to say about myself but it also hinders me in a weird way. its as if I am constantly (subconsciously) convincing myself that I can afford to eat pizza, bread, drink beer now and tomorrow will be the day I will change...This has been sort of a recurring trend. I have put on weight in the past without caring much and eventually kick it into high gear and get back into six pack mode only to stop caring about maintenance and improvement once I get there...

                  So my question for all of you is....where do you find your motivation? Do you struggle? What do you do when you do? Do you have cheat days? How do you respond to struggles/cheat days/lack of discipline?
                  I'm am middle aged and unfit. I had my fun with beer and pizza. I could say that I look into the eyes of my children to get my motivation. That would sound good, but it would be a lie.

                  I am here, finally, because (as my user name suggests) life happened to me around 40 and I had a choice to go downhill or get better. For the last 5 years, I've been doing the best I can in every area except weight/diet. And now, it's time.

                  That said, I do struggle. Last week, I got terrible news that I used as an excuse to eat poorly. I reigned it in as best I could and got back on track. Getting over being a perfectionist helps me have some perspective and less anxiety. The fact that I feel better eating primal/low carbish also helps.

                  I also have a spiritual element to my life that helps, puppies, kids, and a graduation date in December.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
                    While I agree with staying as motivated as possible, I still feel that "cheating" - i.e. cycling heavy carbohydrate sources on heavy workout days - is healthy and ideal. I still argue that humans are natural carb cyclers and did not eat low carb every day. Hell, when Grok stumbled on a watermelon patch or a mango grove, you can bet your ass he ate himself into a glucose coma. Why would you hunt for food when sugar doesn't run? My theory is that Grok packed on a little fat from sugary sources in the spring/summer, then, in the fall and winter, he ate a low carb/high fat diet and the cycle repeated itself. I think it's in our optimum health to cycle carbs. Just pick your carbs from good sources like potatoes/sweet potatoes, white rice, soaked beans, fermented soy, etc. I wasn't losing any body fat on Primal until I started cycling carbohydrates. Since then, I've lost about 7 pounds of pure body fat and my strength has increased marginally.

                    I agree....I have always completely disagreed with people when they say Paleo/primal=low carb...just doesn't make sense. Low carb is just as dangerous as other diets.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for sharing all your stories everyone. Keep up the good work. I hope to draw on your stories for motivation in the future. Thanks again. Keep 'em coming.

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                      • #12
                        Lying flat on my back in cardiac intensive care for three days.

                        Going to New Orleans and spending three days in the hospital. Being told I had diabetes and pneumonia. Oh, and my lungs full of fluid from my congestive heart failure.

                        Being 68 and having a 3 year old grandson who I want to see grow up.
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                        • #13
                          Gluten intolerance (as in, extremely sensitive/ intolerant even of trace amount of contamination) does the trick for me. I feel absolutely horrid if I ingest gluten (by accident) and I feel like I can fly when I don't. Enough said, keeps me pretty true to Primal Blueprint. And, yes, looking good after having lost about 45 lbs of fat does not hurt either, no desire to go back to my puffy, pre-diabetic self.

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                          • #14
                            The stick is your past
                            The carrot is your future
                            Life is in your hands
                            Ye shall know them by their fruits.

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                            • #15
                              Gee, I'm too shallow.

                              My motivation come from my wife telling me "Baby, you look soooo hot!" and proceeds to rape me after...

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