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baldenuff4u 07-22-08 10:43 AM

lack of motivation
Just signed on. Glad to be here. As a school teacher I am fortunate enough to have the summer off, but I have lost my motivation to get biking this summer. Last summer I was really into it and lost about 15-20 pounds and got down to about 215. This summer the weight has stayed on and I am still at 232 pounds. Anyone got some special motivating ideas for me to get me off my butt and out riding?

bdinger 07-22-08 10:45 AM

Nope. You've gotta do it yourself. I could yell, plead, and tell you all kinds of stories - but in the end it's you who has to get off your ass and do it.

BigPolishJimmy 07-22-08 10:48 AM

Stop goofin off and get yer but out there!

how was that?

bautieri 07-22-08 10:50 AM

This should do the trick.

Alathea 07-22-08 10:53 AM

Stop goofin, start hoofin?

"I'm gonna give you three seconds; exactly three f'ing seconds; to wipe that stupid looking grin off your face [and get in the saddle] or I will gouge out your eyeballs and ........! ONE! TWO! THREE!"

*that worked in the Army*:)

wrk101 07-22-08 11:05 AM

Do you have a mirror? Or pictures of what you looked like at 215? Or any family history with weight related medical problems (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc)?

When was your last physical? My last physical was motivation enough for me!

I find all motivation comes from myself. When does the switch flip to "on"? Like I say, my last physical flipped the switch for me. Its that old saying: "those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still..."

Burningman 07-22-08 11:26 AM

How s this....Don't post here till you go out and ride,

Come back and tell us about it,we'll be glad to listen to a riding story

Put down the computer,pick up the bike

"I get the entire summers off and it seems so hard to go and ride my bike" ...WTF

mesasone 07-22-08 12:28 PM

If you can take the effort to come and complain here about "lack of motivation", then you are not lacking motivation, you're just making excuses. Quit making excuses and go do it. Getting in the saddle is one of the easier things to do in life...

Alathea 07-22-08 12:36 PM

*ducking* Tough crowd.:roflmao2:

tabnlu 07-22-08 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by bautieri (Post 7110455)


f4rrest 07-22-08 01:33 PM

Send me a check for $500. I'll pay you $1 per mile to earn it back.

LittleChainring 07-23-08 07:03 PM

Go out and have fun. Give yourself permission to ride around the block and go home, if that's all you want to do. (It probably won't be.)

Mike Magnuson put it best: "Cycling is my hobby. Hobbies are supposed to be fun, not systematic forms of torture."

Sometimes I think we forget that.

Fairmont 07-23-08 08:14 PM

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but are you using an Ipod?

I'll get flamed for that suggestion by many (if you are riding with a lot of traffic), but if like me, you are riding in areas with few cars, the Ipod gets me going.

I set a playlist. The first couple songs are mellow, Jack Johnson-type music or Norah Jones. Then I get to something that pumps me up a bit like "Brown Sugar" "Give me Shelter" and such. Then, when I'm finally past that "I don't feel like doing this next hill, I think I'll turn around" stage, I put in something wicked like Rage Against The Machine---angry music.

My rides are about 60 minutes long. I do it for exercise and to commute. I got about thirty minutes, take a rest, and then ride back home. I try not to stop the entire 30 minutes.

I'm a returning Newbie. When I as a kid I had a single-speed Murray, and I rode it about twenty to thirty miles a day up some pretty good hills in San Diego. We had some serious peer pressure. The only way I was going to get off my bike and walk up the hill is if all of my friends did it first. Keep pushing.

Just think back to when you were a kid. That's what I do.

I had a best friend in sixth grade, Denny Gardner, who died in a car crash. But for the year before he died we were together everyday, riding bikes. He pushed me to ride harder, catch more air, get up the hills, etc.

The last hill of the day was the worst: My driveway. Straight up for about four hundred yards. Extemely steep. To this day my father does not believe it can be ridden. Luckily it doesn't snow in San Diego near the coast, because if it did his driveway would be impassible.

And, hey, you live in UTAH! I have a buttload of relatives in Utah and have been there dozens of times, from the Idaho border all the way down to St. George. Zion, SLC, Ogden, Provo, Layton, Kaysville, Park City, Sundance. I've been to all of them, and I think it's one of the most beautiful states.

If you want a real thrill, get a BMX bike and go to the top of the lifts in the summer. Ride back down. Your heart rate will be up from exursion AND adrenaline.

Alathea 07-23-08 08:50 PM

Jack Jones? Norah Johnson? *lol* Actually really good stuff. I play guitar and I love JJ. Second the playlist. If you keep them turned down a bit its pretty easy to hear enough of whats going on and still wave/talk to the oncoming left. t didnt buy an Ipod though-in case it breaks. Got a two gig sony for about 7o bucks. Ipod shuffles (the aluminum ones) are AWESOME and when this one wears out im buying one for my wife so I can have hers.

bdinger 07-24-08 07:24 AM


Originally Posted by Alathea (Post 7121572)
Jack Jones? Norah Johnson? *lol* Actually really good stuff. I play guitar and I love JJ. Second the playlist. If you keep them turned down a bit its pretty easy to hear enough of whats going on and still wave/talk to the oncoming left. t didnt buy an Ipod though-in case it breaks. Got a two gig sony for about 7o bucks. Ipod shuffles (the aluminum ones) are AWESOME and when this one wears out im buying one for my wife so I can have hers.

Be careful with the shuffle. I had one clipped on my shirt last summer, only to have it half-die from getting soaked in sweat. It did magically start working again this spring, only to have a crushing blow dealt by the washing machine... :roflmao2:

I kill electronics good :)

Neil_B 07-24-08 07:25 AM


Originally Posted by bautieri (Post 7110455)

What is it?

bautieri 07-24-08 07:57 AM


Originally Posted by The Historian (Post 7123566)
What is it?

That little fellow is a cattle prod. Sort of a police taser on steriods, meant to be applied to the OP's glutes to motivate him to get on his bike.

wrk101 07-24-08 12:53 PM

+1 ipod if you are not in traffic. My shuffle just died. I have a nano on order. In the interim, no ipod. I miss it....

Again not good in traffic, but I have a 15 mile non-traffic loop that I repeat....

baldenuff4u 07-25-08 04:44 AM

physicians message
I did receive a physical just last week. I had the blood work done and everything was good there, but he did see my cholesterol creep up a bit from last year, along with my weight. He gave it to me straight. The main missing factor in my life was exercise. He said even after working out in the yard or working at my job, still get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily to get your heart rate up.

I talked to my mom about the details about my dads death that happened about 9 years ago. He had about 3-4 heart attacks between the ages of 59 and 63. His weight had increased up to where mine currently is and really did no exercising other than doing odd jobs around the house. Mom had a hard time getting him to go on walks. Those two things, lack of exercise and weight gain were a couple of the factors that contributed to his death. That was a big slap in the face wake up call for me to get in better shape.

I also reflected on how I looked last summer. I was lifting weights also. Looked a lot better than I do now.

I appreciate all these ideas to get going again. I have been out hitting the road since I've posted, along with some alternative exercises i.e. weights and brisk walking (I don't like running- kills the knees). The endorphins started kicking in and it felt great!

Thanks everyone!

v1k1ng1001 07-25-08 04:58 AM


Viking55803 07-26-08 12:21 PM

I am in the business of behavior/lifestyle change (CEO of an addiction treatment agency.) In the addiction field, we use a model of change based on the research of Prochaska et al that looks at all kinds of behavior change - quitting smoking, drugs or recovery from heart attacks. The stages of change model is:
Precontemplation - used to be called 'denial' - I call it "Never" or "I don't have a problem."
Contemplation - "Maybe"
Preparation - "Soon"
Action - "Now!"
Maintenance - "Forever"

It probably won't surprise anyone here that most people (about 80%) get stuck at "Soon." I'll quit/start/change tomorrow. Even after heart attacks, the majority of people fail to make real lifestyle changes.

I had a serious heart attack myself 16 years ago despite being a non-smoking, low-blood pressure, acceptable cholesterol, exercising 43 year old. My problem was really sustaining a regular program of exercise (and stress - the real killer for me.) I'd train like an animal until my body broke down or I just burned out - then nothing for 6 months or more.

Eventually, I acquired a pack of 5 dogs who have motivated me to hike with them 4 to 6 times/week, year 'round. In Northern Minnesota, year 'round means twenty below zero, very short winter days, sleet, snowstorms, bears, wolves, intoxicated hunters with high-powered rifles etc. I've kept this routine up for nearly ten years, thanks to my furry "motivators."

I started biking again this year, though in my younger days I trained and raced like a crazy person. My fitness base from walking has made my return to cycling painless and enjoyable. I have to fit in my rides without cutting back on the walking. It's a treat to be able to do a couple of hours of riding without suffering the next day. In fact, biking really helps my arthritic foot and ankle pain better than any painkiller.

My point is that motivation is highly individual. I can always think of several "important" things to do instead of exercise. I have personally made exercise my top priority - it's a life or death matter for me - but it's still hard to get out of the door some days. I would suggest making a commitment to yourself to ride every OTHER day. Give yourself a day to rest and repair. Eventually, you may want to up that to a hard day followed by an easy day. All atheletes know that this is the quickest path to fitness - alternating intensity and workload. My thought is this, if you really can't make it out today, your resolve to get out tomorrow, no matter what, is increased. You don't beat yourself up over missing a day now and then until the exercise becomes its own reward.

Sorry for the long post!

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