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Old 07-26-2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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so i'm in this slump of not working out and eating poorly. i work at home depot and i feel like im in a routine of crap. i always vision my self wanting to be like 7 bf percent and just jacked but i've lost motivation. it's hard because my mom cooks the food and i feel like i have to eat it. i don't know how to avoid our 'family' dinners when it's all cheating foods..well the crap my mom puts into the frying pan at least. i wanna walk around confident with my shirt off damnit! when i workout i know im stronger then a lot of the people in the gym and i feel good. but when i lift my shirt up im dissappointed! :( im 18 years old and i want to make a better impression on my gf and what not. someone just give me some advice on what to do cause i'm so lost :-/ thanks

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Old 07-26-2007, 09:49 AM   #2
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Sounds like you know what to do already, just that you don't wanna hurt mamma's feelings. I remember when I was younger my brother was the first one to step up and start eating healthy and lift. My parents didn't eat the very best of foods, so he just told them that he wasn't going to eat the fried and greese that they cooked. Eventually over time his attitude change the whole family and we started doing what he was doing...To this day we all thank him, and since he is 6 yrs older than me I got an early jump on healthy living. You just need to let them know how your feeling and maybe that will spark something, and you will all be motovated.

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Start cooking for yourself and/or pick a night and you cook for you and your family. That way you can do what TALO said and give your mom a rest with the cooking.
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I'm sure if you explain it to them they will understand, what mom wouldnt want her kid to be more healthy?
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Great advice from everyone. I'd also say you should try to set realistic goals. You know, in reality no one walks around at 7% bodyfat all the time. And also, what you'll find is that your body starts to store fat differently as you build muscle so that even at slightly higher bodyfats than single digits you won't necessarily have a hugh gut or love handles. And you don't really need to get down to 7% to see your abs. That's very low.

I would advize you to set SHORT TERM GOALS and try to reach them. Like stepping stones one to the other, rather than looking always at what you want you end result to be. Doing it that way can be very hard and discouraging.

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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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so i'm in this slump of not working out and eating poorly. i work at home depot and i feel like im in a routine of crap. i always vision my self wanting to be like 7 bf percent and just jacked but i've lost motivation. it's hard because my mom cooks the food and i feel like i have to eat it. i don't know how to avoid our 'family' dinners when it's all cheating foods..well the crap my mom puts into the frying pan at least. i wanna walk around confident with my shirt off damnit! when i workout i know im stronger then a lot of the people in the gym and i feel good. but when i lift my shirt up im dissappointed! :( im 18 years old and i want to make a better impression on my gf and what not. someone just give me some advice on what to do cause i'm so lost :-/ thanks
Have you ever seen the videos about "Body for Life". If you are looking for some motivation I would check those out. The guy who started it is named Bill Philips and he has a book and you can find lots of stuff on youtube for Body for Life. I have watched many videos about his contests that he does and it really motivated me to make changes. It follows people who are at their lowest and enter in a 12 month contest to improve their physique. Check it out!

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I agree with hunt0r. The BFL videos can really get you motivated to make some changes in your life. There are of copies of the "Body of Work" video at the local used book store.
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thanks for everything. i'm sure i'll get my act together. then i'll post some pics! woohoo.
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