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Director, what’s my motivation?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Motivation is the most powerful weapon against the Paunch. Without it, my only hope would be poverty or an addiction to some kind of strenuous activity (maybe both together would be required).

Now, I know that I want to ditch the Paunch and I have many reasons for wanting to do so, but this in itself does not motivate me to take the necessary actions. I’m not going to feel like going for a run just because I know it will cause me to lose 0.01 kg. I need more motivation!

If you’re playing along at home, find some things that work for you. It’s absolutely vital to stay motivated, particularly in the early stages before you have a number of habits formed. Here are some ideas that work for me:

Visualisation

Pin up pictures of a body-builder (e.g. Arnie, Scooby), a hero (e.g. Spider-man, Goku) or others who have a good body. I find this is very motivating, but I’m not sure why yet. Perhaps it’s inspiring or sparks some kind of envy inside of me. Either way it’s very effective! Here’s some photos of the examples I gave:

Incidentally, Spider-man has similar stats to myself, 5’10”, 165 lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes. Yeap, I am actually Spider-man.

External Encouragement

Ask your partner to give reminders and encouragement related to your Paunch-busting, e.g. how much hotter you’re looking. Also, try to organise a gym buddy or someone else who can join you in your exercise — or at least have someone who knows about your mission and is prepared to critically evaluate you. This works for me because I don’t like letting other people down.

Measure Success

Use metrics to measure your progress. Record weight and tape measurements over time as well as what kind of exercises you are doing. It’s encouraging to see your weight dropping as well as the amount and intensity of exercise you do increasing. I’ll post more on this topic later.

It’s very imporant to maintain high levels of motivation. The longer I remain unmotivated, the harder it is for me return to where I was before. Instead of sabotaging myself before I really get started, I’m going to make sure I have the best chance possible. Kind of like making sure I have enough plutonium to get me back from 1955 before I leave.