Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Help me, please

I have lost something of critical value and I have no idea where it went.

What did I lose, you ask?

I have lost my Motivation.

And I can't seem to find it, no matter how hard I look. I know it's around here somewhere. The last I saw of it was right around the 1st of January, but it definitely hasn't been seen much since. I've looked in all the usual places -- in my ever-tightening pants, in my bulging muffin top, and even in my backside in the full-length mirror.

And still, that wily Motivation is nowhere to be found.

Some days I do pretty well without it. I almost always start the day off on the right foot. I have a bowl of healthy cereal, and follow that up by a sweaty run on the treadmill. But then at about ten-thirty (or eleven-thirty, or two-thirty, or really any-thirty...), all sense of strength leaves me as I remember the leftover cake in the freezer. Or when I see the pan of brownies on the counter. Or when I have a party made up entirely of desserts, come to think of it.

And, lord help me, but I know those girl scout cookies I ordered are going to be in my pantry any day now.

So if you see my Motivation anywhere, please let me know. I really need to find her soon. I know she'll want to be here to help when her step-cousin, Regret, shows up to visit this summer at the pool.

And it goes without saying that Regret is the worst house guest of them all.

**What do you do to keep your Motivation from sneaking off for a six-month holiday?

22 comments:

Tristan said...

Mine is on vacation with yours. Easter is coming and I know I'm doomed. The best candy is at Easter time.

Becca @ Our Crazy Boys said...

Do you know that Easter M&M's are pastel because they're easier on your digestive system?
So actually, it's better to eat the pastel ones than the regular ones.

They don't get stuck on your butt!

Which is good, because I have eaten 1/2 a bag (give or take 1/2 a bag) since last night.

Oops.

I believe our Regrets will be sitting poolside with us this summer.

the wrath of khandrea said...

i once gave the same advice on gab's post.

1. chew gum. all day. it decreases your desire to snack.

2. think of all the saturated fat you are consuming as a visible lump of lard on your counter. literally visualize the lard. that nauseates me enough to leave most stuff alone.

3. don't have it in the house. don't buy it, don't bake it... only on special occasions.

anyway... that works for me.

Annemarie said...

Your motivation ran off with mine. Let's call them Thelma & Louise.

Jeanelle said...

I'm so not an expert but I'm 26.4 pounds lighter than I was a few months ago and this is what is working for me: candy and most treats are only allowed to pass my lips on one of the weekend days, gum (like your previous commenter) works wonders (so does diet coke), no fast food which means I have to actually cook once in awhile, and learning to be satisfied by things like celery w/light laughing cow cheese, fiber plus bars and yogurt. You have to give yourself a few weeks or so to get all of the crap out of your system and then the lighter stuff actually tastes good. It's hard. Every day is hard. But set a little, tiny, attainable, short-term goal to start with. Like, today I will write down every bite of food I eat or today I will exercise for 30 minutes. Start with a day at a time...then build up. Pretty soon you will get to buy a new outfit because your old stuff is hanging on you. It's a nice feeling.

Travelin'Oma said...

I have lots of motivation, but it takes me in a totally different direction. Your kind of motivation sounds more like my kind of deprivation. I've made my peace with regret.

jessica said...

Mine is gone too. I just threw away a plate full of mini cupcakes because I couldn't take the taunting anymore...unfortunately the Sugar Smacks in my pantry got the best of me instead. I have just committed myself to run a marathon in May, I'm hoping that will help me find my motivation.

danandcindy said...

Waaah waaah waaaaaaahhhhhh...

kayla & tyler said...

What helps me to get my butt to exercise is remembering how much better I feel when I do exercise consistently. Its tough, especially in the winter, cause I work a full time job and a part time job. So I'm always tired. But when I am exercising consistantly, I feel so awesome!!

Rae said...

My motivation is off busy partying with yours! I too start off the day with a fabulous workout and healthy cereal and then about 2:30.....kabam!!!!!! It's all over. I so need a support group!!

utmomof 5 said...

I step on the scale...lots of motivation there.

Woman Interrupted said...

Motivation? We met once, I'm pretty sure.

If I owned a bikini I might hang it up somewhere visible.

But then my husband would want me to put it on, stretch marks and all.

The warrior in me said...

Ah! My heart goes out to you, girl. I shouldn't be pouring my woes out to you when you're feeling not-so-great yourself but i've gone up from 45kgs to 57kgs (my assumption) in 6 months- half the weight gain was great coz i now managed to look normal, but the other half makes it a hopeless task for me to even imagine getting into my pants. The humongous bottom is my current worst woe.

p.s. NEVER and i mean NEVER, stay home all day to eat your mum's home-cooked meals from time to time. Sinful but makes you end up sighing just the same.

Don't forget to update the rest of us when your motivation comes calling.

Lauren in GA said...

My motivation just called. She said that she is with your motivation in Rio...oh and she mentioned that she has seen Tristan and Annemarie's motivation, too. She said that your motivation and Annemarie's are indeed going by, Thelma and Louise.

Jen said...

Motivation is my snipe. I've been clapping my hands ala Russell looking for it too.

Rochelleht said...

This is why last year at this time, I gave up desserts for six months. Worst time of my life.

Cindy said...

That's a great question... I don't have an answer for you. :)

shilo said...

If I knew where it was I would help you. I am in the same boat and too tired to do much about it. I thought about putting a picture of a swimming suit on the fridge, but I think I would only find the triplets: Depression, Stress, and Self-Loathing.

Chatter said...

But isn't eating yourself into a coma so much more fun? Oh Stie, I love your healthy appetite for sweets :) And the simple fact that you run every morning should cancel out any guilt. Please let me know if I can offer any more advice :)

Eva said...

I know! After 30 it's kind of harder... :(
I enjoy your blog!!

Liz said...

I finally sat down to read a few blogs. Your marketing ploy was genius, I hope it worked out well. Your portraits are beautiful. Utterly amazing. Your food is devilishly tempting and I will be putting that p*rn*graphy away and out of my mind, because I too have misplaced my motivation.

I still adore your kiddos, and they are lucky to have a grown up like you to warm them inside and out.

TheLighthouse said...

If you had it once, you will have it again. That's the best thing about life and the worst....nothing lasts forever xxx