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    The mental side

    In today's society there are often times stigmas and emotions tied to being overweight and or out of shape. We all know this. For some, other peoples opinion or stereotyping is of no consequence. There are others that it effects much differently. Often times fellings of uselessness and self pity along with guilt and self loathing permeate their thoughts and are very unhealthy. Everyone is different, and thus reacts and interacts with the world differently.

    On to the point...(sorry I get wordy)

    Not sure if anyone else does this. In addition to cycling and watching my food intake and amounts, I also use self visualization and positive affirmations. I know I'm the hippy dippy but it helps. One, it focuses your mind and purpose and reaffirms positives in yourself. Two, it keeps you on track. I try to read aloud each morning a list of positive affirmations and when I go about my day I occasionally will take a moment to relax and visualize in my mind a thinner/healthier me. At night before I sleep I do the affirmations again. If you live with another person you may want to internalize this step, they tend to get tired of the nightly "chanting". I revise the list occasionally to focus on areas I am having issue with. I always include a few constants like, "I am a good person. I am a good son." These stay constant on my list, the daily issues of life, stress issues and things that are taking too much space in my thoughts, I use to make the affirmations that change as time goes by.

    Even a simple list of affirmations can make a difference in my opinion. Something like,"I am becoming healthy. I am loosing weight. I am stronger." You can add whatever you want in your life. "I will become more organized." Etc

    I figure I need all the advantage I can get. And in the end, we honestly do create our own reality/self. Shouldn't we create a better one?


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    I totally agree. Reaffirming your belief in yourself is the most important thing in challenging yourself. It builds character and self confidence.

    Great Post.

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    i unfortunately sit on the anorexic side of the mental thing. i look in the mirror and just see someone massive. Can't help it. what keeps me motivated to keep going and train excessively harder (according to lazy friends) is how great my legs look compared to the rest of my body and how much punishment i can hand down to smaller riders. as long as i remain as large as i am i will always have something to prove making me want to train that much harder to beat the faster leaner guys. i may never be as fast as i want to be, but if i don't put 100% into what i am doing then its not worth doing IMO. if its not obvious from my signiture, i tend to ride the fine line between training hard and over training. its the ultra competitiveness in me

    But i agree with your way to keep you motivated. it doesn't matter what you do to stay motivated, but as long as you stay motivated. Yours is also more likely to be a healthier way to go mentally and physically
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    Different people think different ways, and more power to you if that helps you, but not really an approach I think would be useful to me.
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    I do something similar. I'll look at myself in the mirror just before I go riding and think "I am a real cyclist." I think my penchant for photographic self-portraits is more of the same.

    I'll also from time to time think of what I was 2 or 3 years ago. Two years ago I was just learning to ride, and three years ago I could barely walk a city block.

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    I can't say that repeating positive affirmations to myself would do a whole lot of good, but the positive affirmations that I have continually received from others have been golden. I do find the mental aspect continuously difficult to deal with. In my mind I was never as overweight as I really was. I had been in denial for years. It took a lot to get a hold of the fact that it was going to be a long hard road to get back to the shape that I was in in high school and college. Now that I have lost 75 pounds, I look like an average, out of shape, overweight 34 year old. I still struggle because I am able to hang with guys half my size, but I look in the mirror and see an overweight 34 year old. I would like to have the body to go with the physical condition that I am in, but that is going to take losing another 50 pounds.

    Oh well, time to go ride 20 miles.

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    I think you also need self realisation. I dont know if I have ever been "fit" my whole life, all I can remember when I was a school kit was being on a diet. For me it hit home when I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw. I had given lip service to "getting fit" for the last 3-5 years and I did a week of something then slacked off. About 8-10 weeks ago I got my bike on our first ride I thought I was going to die (the 5 miles out was agony as there was a head wind of 15-20 mph which stopped me in my tracks) But when I turned round(the other 2 continued on at my insistance) I had the wind at my back and I flew..... I loved it, I wanted more I got home so quick even though I was hurting I wanted to go out again at that point my life changed for the better and I began my journey to the body and lifestyle that will keep me fit and alive. I have been blogging my trip through the loss and cycling ever since. I have had to keep nose in books this week which means no cycling... I miss it bad
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    I just realize I'm slow as hell in races with hills and I'm one competitive ******* who wants nothing more than to win. That's my drive to loose weight.
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    While it's best to live in the present, it has been useful to me to look back at less healthy days and look forward to improved levels of fitness and activity.

    I would rather not be overly concerned about what other people think. I know this is motivating for most people, but it has always been frustrating for me. How reliable are other peoples opinions? Not very.

    For me, it's about being better. Today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    While it's best to live in the present, it has been useful to me to look back at less healthy days and look forward to improved levels of fitness and activity.

    I would rather not be overly concerned about what other people think. I know this is motivating for most people, but it has always been frustrating for me. How reliable are other peoples opinions? Not very.

    For me, it's about being better. Today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better too.


    Michael
    i enjoy what people think after the ride. before the ride its . after its "holy that fat guy was fast". now if thats not a ego stroke, i dont care because thats motivation
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