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Thread: Stepping away

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    Stepping away

    It kills me to do this but I think itís time for me to step away from this game for awhile. I love and hate this lifestyle all at the same time. The discipline, the repetitiveness, and the isolation are all getting old, but they also are sickly why I liked this lifestyle. It completely consumes me and I think it has finally taken itís toll on me.

    I have always been a low energy person and always found it difficult to get to the gym 5-6 days a week after a long day at work. But lately itís at another level... if I can even force myself to go to the gym, I zone out between sets, my mind is not in it, thereís no motivation or intensity.

    Iím even on cycle... and still lack motivation. The results from this cycle have been slow and disappointing... and itís obviously due to a lack of motivation to get my meals in and train with the proper intensity.

    Bodybuilding is such a huge part of who I am I feel like Iíll be losing a part of myself but Iím not getting anything out of it anymore because of my lack of motivation.... I just canít keep going through the motions. I use to be on this site multiple times a day and now im lucky if I get on it more than a couple times a week.

    Like I said this is such a huge part of me and my identity itís going to hurt pretty bad to watch it slip away but I just feel, at least for the time being I have nothing left to give... Iím going to come off my cycle because at this point Iím just wasting gear.
    Idk if itís my new job that is causing me some stress, or what, if anything is wrong with me but Iím just too exhausted to enjoy anything in life... and forcing myself to go to the gym just seems to make things worse. I hope I can come out of this slump because the sport of bodybuilding means a lot to me but I just donít feel like I have it in me anymore.
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    You're human.

    Why not just consider it some needed rest. Take the summer off, have fun and recharge. Mental breaks are just as important as physical ones. Life can get busy and pull us in all directions. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day. Personally I take a couple weeks off (or more) every year. It definitely helps me.

    When off for a good while be sure to get some BW to see how you are doing as well. When the fall gets here you'll bounce back with renewed focus!
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    Its sad to hear YB.
    You gotta do what you must though just take a little break and see how you feel in 6 months or a year. The muscle memory will be there and you can find something else to do for a while.

    Watch yourself though... Don't let this turn into a depression creeping up on you unknowingly. If you start feeling down get help immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obs View Post
    Its sad to hear YB.
    You gotta do what you must though just take a little break and see how you feel in 6 months or a year. The muscle memory will be there and you can find something else to do for a while.

    Watch yourself though... Don't let this turn into a depression creeping up on you unknowingly. If you start feeling down get help immediately.
    This is sad to hear, but I understand. I fear that I will get that way some day. Right now I use the weights to relieve my stress at work. Trying to get in the second workout is sometimes stressful


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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    This is sad to hear, but I understand. I fear that I will get that way some day. Right now I use the weights to relieve my stress at work. Trying to get in the second workout is sometimes stressful


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    You do HIT correct?

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    no. come on buddy. life gets in the way. I get that. its getting in my way more and more.

    just take a sabbatical. come back. you're welcome with open arms

    but remember, you can check out, but you can't ever leave. we'll be expecting you later.....moohoohehehaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obs View Post
    You do HIT correct?
    No HIIT. High intensity interval training for cardio.
    Oh no that C word again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    No HIIT. High intensity interval training for cardio.
    Oh no that C word again.


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    Seriously? Ever tried HIT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obs View Post
    Seriously? Ever tried HIT
    Not purcee. I do a lot of supersets and trisets.
    I may try it after this years comps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by charger69 View Post
    Not purcee. I do a lot of supersets and trisets.
    I may try it after this years comps.


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    Try it. Six weeks.
    You will drop your two a day workouts. After six weeks your body will need a break.

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    Taking a long time off is pretty recommended in some cases..
    You'll come back recharged more than before or you'll find other things to replace this hobby with but either way Its all a journey, rather not focus on the negative...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahbuddy289 View Post
    It kills me to do this but I think it’s time for me to step away from this game for awhile. I love and hate this lifestyle all at the same time. The discipline, the repetitiveness, and the isolation are all getting old, but they also are sickly why I liked this lifestyle. It completely consumes me and I think it has finally taken it’s toll on me.

    I have always been a low energy person and always found it difficult to get to the gym 5-6 days a week after a long day at work. But lately it’s at another level... if I can even force myself to go to the gym, I zone out between sets, my mind is not in it, there’s no motivation or intensity.

    I’m even on cycle... and still lack motivation. The results from this cycle have been slow and disappointing... and it’s obviously due to a lack of motivation to get my meals in and train with the proper intensity.

    Bodybuilding is such a huge part of who I am I feel like I’ll be losing a part of myself but I’m not getting anything out of it anymore because of my lack of motivation.... I just can’t keep going through the motions. I use to be on this site multiple times a day and now im lucky if I get on it more than a couple times a week.

    Like I said this is such a huge part of me and my identity it’s going to hurt pretty bad to watch it slip away but I just feel, at least for the time being I have nothing left to give... I’m going to come off my cycle because at this point I’m just wasting gear.
    Idk if it’s my new job that is causing me some stress, or what, if anything is wrong with me but I’m just too exhausted to enjoy anything in life... and forcing myself to go to the gym just seems to make things worse. I hope I can come out of this slump because the sport of bodybuilding means a lot to me but I just don’t feel like I have it in me anymore.
    If your body and mind are telling you to take a step back do it, sometimes we cant always be a machine and run efficiently all the time. Maybe if you cant get yourself to the gym try and do something else you enjoy even if its just walking and taking in some fresh air do something you enjoy and see if the desire comes back.
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    Take way more than the recommended amount of PWO, then you have no choice other than to go to the gym. Problem solved

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    Take a week off and you will miss it again!

    And you donít have to be a bodybuilder to still use the gym. You can go and lift and not try to pop your eyeball out of socket with every lift.

    For me, the gym is where I go to let the stress out and get my day going in the right direction. If I didnít go, I would be 300lbs easy cuz I love to eat!

    What are some of your other hobbies? If you take time off from the gym, what will fill that void?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoldMyBeer View Post
    Take way more than the recommended amount of PWO, then you have no choice other than to go to the gym. Problem solved
    Thatís terrible advice!

    If I take too much preworkout I get all tweaked out like a meth head and canít focus at all. It actually messes me up bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaginCajun View Post
    That’s terrible advice!

    If I take too much preworkout I get all tweaked out like a meth head and can’t focus at all. It actually messes me up bad.
    Same. I only take half for that reason. Im a PC gamer so usually my posts can be a little trollee some times... I thought that was evident, wasn't supposed to be a serious suggestion. Mah bad
    Dont actually do that OP, you could easily push yourself too hard and get hurt. No to mention the heart palpitations will be ebola

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    Thanks for all the support guys... I hope to get back into it sooner than later but we’ll see. I have take time off before.... but it usually wasn’t by choice (vacations, surgery, injuries). I just recently had two weeks off... went on vacation for a week and then was sick for a week the week after.... and even after those two weeks I still am not feeling it.

    I’m going to do exactly what Kel said... I’m ending my cycle and going to get back on my clomid HRT and get blood work done in a couple months... hopefully I’ll be able to achieve good levels again with the clomid after being shut down for so long.

    If my levels come back crappy I’ll be pretty upset knowing I fried my balls but maybe that will take away some of the stress that cycling aas gives me and I’ll be happier running a cycle and using test for my HRT knowing there’s nothing to lose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahbuddy289 View Post
    Thanks for all the support guys... I hope to get back into it sooner than later but we’ll see. I have take time off before.... but it usually wasn’t by choice (vacations, surgery, injuries). I just recently had two weeks off... went on vacation for a week and then was sick for a week the week after.... and even after those two weeks I still am not feeling it.

    I’m going to do exactly what Kel said... I’m ending my cycle and going to get back on my clomid HRT and get blood work done in a couple months... hopefully I’ll be able to achieve good levels again with the clomid after being shut down for so long.

    If my levels come back crappy I’ll be pretty upset knowing I fried my balls but maybe that will take away some of the stress that cycling aas gives me and I’ll be happier running a cycle and using test for my HRT knowing there’s nothing to lose.
    Good luck yb!
    I hope you come back rejuvenated.
    You are an asset to the forum and have a great attitude.
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    I took about 3 months off starting in Jan due to back injury and gallbladder removal, no big deal, took me a couple weeks to get back into the groove. You'll know when you ready to start back. Good luck man
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahbuddy289 View Post
    Thanks for all the support guys... I hope to get back into it sooner than later but we’ll see. I have take time off before.... but it usually wasn’t by choice (vacations, surgery, injuries). I just recently had two weeks off... went on vacation for a week and then was sick for a week the week after.... and even after those two weeks I still am not feeling it.

    I’m going to do exactly what Kel said... I’m ending my cycle and going to get back on my clomid HRT and get blood work done in a couple months... hopefully I’ll be able to achieve good levels again with the clomid after being shut down for so long.

    If my levels come back crappy I’ll be pretty upset knowing I fried my balls but maybe that will take away some of the stress that cycling aas gives me and I’ll be happier running a cycle and using test for my HRT knowing there’s nothing to lose.

    I took an entire year off when my son was born. Best thing I did. When I started back it took time to reacclimate but all was well. Didn't really feel like I lost much of anything. I'll repeat myself here but when I come off a cycle I usually feel better - healthier. Almost like it's a relief and my body can take a breath and relax.

    You'll be fine yb.
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    Thanks guys! I love it hear and you all have helped me a ton over the years... I’m going to try to pop on here now and then... I’m really hoping the drive comes back to me sooner than later
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