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Bixby

I signed up in 2015 and have done absolutely nothing.

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Hi!  I spent $100 and haven't done anything in 4 years and I've gained weight.  Is there some kind soul who could PM me and be my guardian angel/babysitter?

 

I made up some goals on the academy and then I forgot about it for four years.

 

What should I do?

 

Thanks.

 

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I'm terrible at consistency/keeping in touch, so I'd be a terrible friend in this instance. I'd suggest relying on the community rather than an individual. Since you seem to be searching for accountability, the 4 weeks challenges could be a good idea. They're subforums where you set your goals and check in regularly to account for how you've fared, while other people do the same around you while cheering each other up.

 

The next one starts on May 27 but it'll be up by next week to allow for preparations to be made. You could either use next week to set yourself up or dive right in and turn it into a 5 weeks challenge. It'll appear somewhere at the bottom of the forums, with a message at the top of the forum when you log in keeping you informed of dates and, if I can recall it right, with a link to get you there.

 

If you're really searching for one on one accountability, then the coaching system seems made for that. It comes with a price, though so it can also become a money sink if you don't commit to it.

 

Either way won't work if you don't show up by yourself, so the first question, here, would be how much of yourself you are willing to throw into this. Others can help you define goals and encourage you to stick to them but reporting in is 100% on you. If you feel like now's the time when you can commit more fully to your fitness/eating objectives, then dive right in and have fun! :D

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thanks so much, seems like the 4 weeks challenge is what I am looking for.  and yeah, sounds like I can turn it into a 5 weeks challenge while getting set up.  the big question is how big or small to make the goal?  maybe one thought is to just track food everyday for 5 weeks, hmmm...

 

thanks for your response!

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Glad I didn't sound too harsh, I was afraid of it at some point. When setting my first goals, I like to start slow and build up if I feel like its too easy. The small victories do add up to keep me motivated.

 

Tracking without judging is a very good goal, not as easy to reach as one might think either.

 

For exercise, I like Steve's 5 minutes walks as a minimal fall back when I want to get myself back on track (it has some good effects on my mind and helps keeping me on a schedule too).

 

Have fun questing around here. :)

 

 

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The four week challenges are great for encouragement and accountability. Agreeing with Jean. First step, make what you think is a small goal. Step two, make it even smaller. Third step, look at your goal. Are you 90% confident you can achieve that goal? Then you're set. If not, make it smaller. Really. Success breeds motivation

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set ministeps

 

even small hobbit feet have the power to walk to Mordor given enough time.

 

And then listen to Elastigirl! she's smart!.

 

Start small. Go for a small walk.

 

Do one set of one exercise? or similar :)

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Hey Bixby, (and responders) - thanks for posting this, I am in exactly the same position as you - except a year or so later... 

 

I saw this post yesterday and it inspired me to do complete my first workout today :)

 

How did you go with your 4/5 week challenges?

 

Hope you are killing it and have a year's worth of hindsight/advice for me ;)

 

 

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its that FIRST little spark between genuine interest, passion, perhaps even sincere desperation and alarm... and a genuine habit

that GETS so many people

 

I'm not sure there is any magic advice to make this easier.

 

but I'll say this from my own experience

  • Don't run faster then you have strength to do. (literally and figuratively)
  • Look for something that "triggers" you to do it.  like with a run for example.  set an alarm; make an exact date and time.  don't be vague in anyway about When. if  you say- I'll do a run when I feel strong, one of these mornings.  that kind of morning will Never come. so BE Specific about when, how and what. and don't break those 'dates' for anything less then a genuine emergency
  • spend you obsession planning it out... But!  don't make things TOO complex, TOO hard and difficult.
  • Little goals not far from you work SO much better than grand huge ones.  for example, if you're not even a runner and you say "I'd like to run a marathon; if I were a betting man, I'm sure I'd be very likely to bet against you".  you don't even Know what running like that is like!  OTOH... if you say I'd like to walk 1mile, 3times a week and you walk often just not consistently - that seems more plausable.
  • its important that you work MOST on doing things you genuinely enjoy.  fitness is really interesting that way... because if your unfit you not likely to enjoy Any of it!  so you condition yourself; and then the outright physical demands are less. and you find you enjoy them VERY much.    This is ME and running!  for years I thought I hated it- but once I got into it and quite gasping for breath; its become literally a wonderful awesome thing to do.... but as much as I LOVE it.  there are plenty of other great athletes that do not and Will not love it.  they should never do it- just because it is healthy.  there are MANY healthy ways to be fit. do one you love.ine....

and Idk remember there is a delicate kind of mental art towards accomplishing these kinds of things.

 

you've got to be inspired; but not expansive.  you need to plan ahead and not make anything vague; but you can COMPLETELY make things too complicated and hurt your own progress with a crazy complicated ill-designed plan.

 

Lastly, and truthfully. its an open secret (in the industry)- you can spend a lot of money in fitness without getting great results.

 

really getting "fit" is really a pretty cheap thing to do!  espacially if your a  N00b, you should carefully curb you desires to spend green to be healthy.

 

to put it another way; fitness is EARNED in dedication and persistence and NOT in terms of dollars.   too often people spend when they should be doing; and sometimes sadly, people procrastinate when they Could be getting fit!  and that is sad...

 

 

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