My tip really isn't a tip, but rather motivation. If you are just now starting out a workout regime, remember, you didn't get fat or out of shape over night, so you're not going to lose the fat or get back in shape over night either.
You get out life what you put into it. If you're living a great life, you're going to fail sometime. Weightlifting is exactly like life, in that essence. You're going to come to either a hault in your progress or some sort of regression. Much like you'd do with life, don't give up, keep plugging along. As long as you follow a sound workout regime and a good diet your progress will eventually continue in a positive direction.
For goodness sake, do NOT make up stupid @$$ excuses, you'd only be lying to yourself if you do. Half of the battle in working out or in any fitness routine is getting there. Once you get there and crawl through your first couple of sets your endorphins and blood will start pumping through your system and you'll be glad you made it.
Use your workouts as an opportunity to expell your angers and frustrations in a constructive way. Whatever pisses you off during the day, just bottle that shit up and take it out on the weights. Some of you young guys always complain about not being able to get mad, well hell get mad at me.. YOU SKINNY ASS FUCKING PUSSIES!!! Do you want to take the lazy road through life and not take pride in your personal appearance, or do YOU want to be that guy at the gym that everyone's girlfriend is looking at?
Or hell, for all you young girls out there, aren't you sick and tired of all the 'anorexic' and 'cottage cheese legs' comments? Are you pissed off yet girls? Are you going to just call me a sexist pig and deny those very facts?
NO, I didn't think so... Because you are all T-men and T-vixens.. When you signed up for T-nation you didn't sign up for an immediate vacation.. You signed up b/c you promised everyone, including yourself that you are going to do damn near anything possible to enhance your physiques as well as those around you. You gotta go through hell to get to heaven! Once you go through this hell that we're all going through, ah the benefits, the rewards, the self satisfaction you will feel.
You see, this is a special group of people here, don't be the one to bring down it's prestige. I know I wouldn't want that burden on my back and I'm sure you don't either.
Like a previous post said, go through the FAQs and read and reread them and then if you still have any questions, one of tens of thousands of fellow T-maggerz would be more than glad to answer it or at least point you in a direction to find the answer.
Good luck with your new position in this world, you have made the decision to step in this elite class of individuals, I applaud you for your efforts and wish you only the best.
If you need even more motivation or you aren't pissed off enough yet, there's an article in here somewhere where I think TC lights a fire up your @$$.. Read it and reread it until your pissed off AT YOURSELF!!! The truth hurts, no CHANGE IT!!!