Help me get motivation to go back to the gym

Question:

Marc,

I have hit a two week slump. I started working out and it lasted a bout two weeks and the then I got frustrated. I Am in the Kuwaiti Desert. Not alot of time for the gym with my crazy schedule of 12 hr days. But I tried. Bad food also, if you rememeber. Gut a lot of junk out of my diet. Lost some weight a felt good. I was going to the gym when ever I could and was doing real well. Then I started to weight myself and I was 229 (6ft 1in) I was excited. Then It seemed like like was gaining weight. I got up to 240+. I was like I could not be gaining muscle with the few times I was hitting the gym. So here is the question. How do I know if I losing weight and gaining muscle. I know that muscle will burn fat so you will get slim. How much fat is burned by the muscle. How do you guage the gain/loss ratio. How do I know that the work I am doing in the gym is actually building muscle.

Thanks again for all your help.

James,

Ps. The kick in the A is to get me back in the gym. With the desert heat and the long 12hr days I get burned out quickly. So I have to take breaks between normal rest cycles and trying to to fit the gym into my weekly schedule.

James

Answer:

James, it all comes down to passion.

I’ve received the question about motivation to workout several times. So many in fact that it’s included in my book, a free eReport, and now this post. A bit back, I emailed a fellow who simply wished the question of motivation could be answered. I’m including my response in this post.

I think the 2 most frequently asked questions that I address in my Beginners’ Guide to Fitness and Bodybuilding are:

1) How do I get motivated?
2) How soon can I expect to see results?

After doing some research today, I think the ultimate key to motivation is:

Passion

Yes, p-a-s-s-i-o-n

Without that burning desire to succeed, most things will elude you. Desire comes from an interest that can grow into passion.

If you have a passion for something, you’ll do whatever it takes to be successful. Without it, you’ll only be partly committed and only partly successful.

Take a look at any major sports star or entertainer, the passion they have for their sport is obvious. It is what drives them to succeed and motivates them to give 100%. Without it, they would just be average.

To be successful in the pursuit of fitness, it needs to become a passion. So if you don’t have a strong interest in becoming fit, I suggest you find other activities you do enjoy. Getting fit isn’t something anybody does well as a passing interest.

But do realize that you need to know more about fitness in general before you can develop a real enthusiasm for it. In my case, as I kept learning more and more about training, nutrition and supplements, my interest really started to grow.

And understand that you don’t need to be obsessive about working out. You can be very successful just doing 45 minutes a session, 3 times a week. You don’t need to live in the gym or spend every second thinking about working out.

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