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Monday, October 11, 2010

Motivation Hurts - $150 Visa Gift Card drawing from The Laughing Cow

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I'll be honest, it's a struggle for me to exercise and do the things I know I should do to be fit.

Every now and then, though, I'll get into a groove, and I do quite well, but I'm bad about waiting until I get in the "right frame of mind" before I get motivated and with the program.

Motivation found me one summer as I was hiking with friends. We were descending a mountain after an overnight stay at the top, and we were looking about as good as you might think we'd look after an 8 mile hike each way at a high altitude.

I was already a little down on myself because I was probably the slowest member of the group, and I was wishing I had been a little more conditioned for the trip, when the male members of my party "took notice" of a pretty girl headed the opposite way.

Something about that struck me, and I vowed I'd be the one turning heads next time. Don't ask me why, it was just a moment of inspiration.

I dieted and ran dutifully upon my return home. Each evening, I'd go out and pound the pavement to a little chant that summed up my situation, and matched my running pace.

Yeah, like I'd really tell you what the chant was...

Unfortunately, one evening, I got a little too far into my rhythm and inspirationally chanted my way face down into a ditch.

I got my wish, though: I was the one turning heads.

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  • I don't have a set routine, therefor I'm not in the best shape/health.
    Thank you for the chance.

    By Blogger Rebecca, At 7:28 PM, October 12, 2010  

  • I am not the best at working out or flossing my teeth. So I made a rule that if I don't work out on a day I have to floss.

    By Blogger Melinda, At 9:36 AM, October 13, 2010  

  • My husband put a full length mirror on our bedroom door, and its kind of wonky and fun-house like, makes me look larger where I'm not. Hubs looked in it one day and laughed and said he'd fix it, but I said Nope, someday if I look good in THIS mirror, I'll know I look gooood.

    By Blogger monstergirlee, At 7:09 PM, October 13, 2010  

  • I have never done anything to get anyone motivated for exercise. I am the least motivated person I know.

    rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net

    By Blogger Susan, At 2:52 PM, October 14, 2010  

  • My father in law is very overweight, and his doctor told him he had to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. So he timed how long it took him to walk to the fridge and/or pantry to get himself a snack or a soda pop, and faithfully goes at least 15 times a day. Um...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:39 PM, October 15, 2010  

  • I put a sticker on my calendar if I work out. Because apparently I'm three years old. But it works!

    -Holly (hollybrown@berkeley.edu)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:58 PM, October 15, 2010  

  • I buy DVDs of my favorite comedies and watch them while I use the elliptical. I know that I will want to keep watching so I end up exercising more.

    By Blogger Emily N., At 12:19 PM, October 16, 2010  

  • At 46 I started through menopause and my weigh ballooned. I couldn’t cross my legs, I couldn’t stoop and reach the plants in my garden. I decided to do something. One routine at a time.
    Today I am 65 and female and work out daily. I love the look on the faces of the youngsters when I lift. It brings a smile to my face.

    By Blogger sodahoney, At 10:54 AM, October 17, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/27649326952

    By Blogger sodahoney, At 10:56 AM, October 17, 2010  

  • One of my very favorite ways to exercise is to rollerblade. I am not good at motivating people to exercise but there was man who may have wanted to after I bounced off of him on an out of control rollerblade ride...

    By Blogger Karen, At 12:01 PM, October 19, 2010  

  • Tweeted: twitter.com/rockstarwife

    By Blogger Karen, At 12:03 PM, October 19, 2010  

  • Once while at the Gym, I got a little overly confident up on the treadmill. About 10 seconds later, I took a bad step and flew off. That gave me some serious motivation. Motivation to visit the stationary bike from then on. HAHA!!

    Aly @ infertilityoverachievers dot com

    By Blogger Aly, At 1:11 PM, October 19, 2010  

  • I'm one of those people who actually have pictures of in shape people to help me get off my butt. It's cliche but it's true. Works sometimes :-)

    samanthajocampen at gmail

    By Blogger samantha, At 4:05 PM, October 19, 2010  

  • I realized that every time I started to exercise, my daughter would interrupt me, or the phone would interrupt me, so I came up with the idea of Midnight Pilates. At midnight, when the rest of the house is asleep I pull out that pilates dvd and get moving. So far it has been working.

    By Blogger From Tracie, At 9:44 PM, October 19, 2010  

  • while doing push ups I was on the floor so long trying to push up my daughter sat on my back and tried to ride me like a pony

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Tabathia, At 11:36 PM, October 19, 2010  

  • tweet
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Tabathia, At 11:37 PM, October 19, 2010  

  • Well, I don't know if it is funny so much as dumb, but I once adopted a very large dog from the shelter just to "force" me to run/jog. I figured that if I had to walk this dog, I would do it, right? Not so much. He just tore up the backyard because I never walked him!

    By Blogger Ellie, At 7:49 AM, October 20, 2010  

  • I'm really bad at keeping a work out routine. I remember once me and a friend did a work out video together and it had really corny music and we laughed and laughed. It was really fun!


    By Blogger Suzy, At 5:43 PM, October 20, 2010  

  • Tweet


    By Blogger Suzy, At 5:45 PM, October 20, 2010  

  • Well I just had a baby so I need to lose some weight. Just trying on my prepregnancy pants in motivation!


    By Anonymous Chelsea, At 11:26 AM, October 22, 2010  

  • Nothing funny about it - I dislocated my knee. Never. want. to. do. that. again. Exercising daily = healthy knees.

    By Blogger PastorMac's Ann, At 12:34 PM, October 22, 2010  

  • My daughter has a stuffed llama she keeps on her bed..his name is "Karl". Our dog Bailey loves any stuffed animals and constantly sneaks into Danielle's room and tries to steal her "babies". The other day, Bailey got Karl and took off running with Danielle right behind her. Danielle yelled "Stay strong Karl!!!!"

    shel704 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Shel, At 3:52 PM, October 24, 2010  

  • Tweeted:

    shel704 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Shel, At 3:52 PM, October 24, 2010  

  • What do you call a pig that knows karate?

    A pork chop!


    By Blogger gmissycat, At 5:29 PM, October 24, 2010  

  • Tweeted here too!

    By Blogger gmissycat, At 5:30 PM, October 24, 2010  

  • I've been known to route my run to end at my favorite ice cream place. Sure keeps me motivated to not turn back early!

    Kate AT kakakakaty DOT com

    By Anonymous kakaty, At 9:25 AM, October 25, 2010  

  • tweet:

    kate AT kakakakaty DOT com

    By Anonymous kakaty, At 9:29 AM, October 25, 2010  

  • My horse is my motivation. he's a big, strong Thoroughbred and he gives me quite a workout. I've nicknamed him "Pilates." ;)

    By Anonymous injaynesworld, At 4:11 PM, October 25, 2010  

  • I Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Jayne_Martin

    By Anonymous injaynesworld, At 4:20 PM, October 25, 2010  

  • I am very lucky that I work as an independent living coach for developmentally disabled adults. It is on most of their lists of goals to get in shape and to learn how to do things independently. So I walk a lot with my clients, which helps them meet their goals, and meanwhile, I get paid to have a walking partner! I reccomend looking into this kind of work to any kind and patient people who have the time and would like some motivation to get out there, exercise and help someone else at the same time.

    By Blogger Tracy R, At 1:30 PM, October 26, 2010  

  • I tweeted

    By Blogger Tracy R, At 1:33 PM, October 26, 2010  

  • We play a game every night at dinner after we've eaten. We talk about our days and tell jokes, whoever makes everyone laugh the hardest gets the "pot"($1)! It makes for some side hurting laughter!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Heather, At 8:19 PM, October 27, 2010  

  • Tweet!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Heather, At 8:20 PM, October 27, 2010  

  • I like to think playing tennis on the wii counts as exercise. (my hubs disagrees.) I also like to think chasing 5 kids all day is the greatest excuse to man for losing weight. (My hubs won't even touch that one!) {Big Smile!}

    By Blogger ♥ilovemy5kids♥, At 9:17 PM, October 28, 2010  

  • Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that’s really where you wish they were.


    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 2:31 AM, October 29, 2010  

  • SECOND ENTRY TWEET http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/29065717731 kytah00@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 2:32 AM, October 29, 2010  

  • OK I'm entering...who couldn't use $150 for Christmas!

    My funny story involves me thinking I looked quasi good in workout clothes and going down to the Y only to spend a good 10 minutes trying to figure out their new elliptical machine and a 19-year-old repeatedly calling me ma'am and then me going home and realizing you could see my black underwear through my light teal running shorts!

    By Blogger BlondeMomBlog (Jamie), At 6:31 AM, October 29, 2010  

  • I too do the stickers on the calendar thing. While it works because I like stickers, it also reminds me that I use the same motivation techniques as our friends toddler. Great.

    By Blogger Beth, At 9:22 AM, October 29, 2010  

  • I have the Wii fitness coach and if you don’t log into it for awhile….well, she has a snarky tone that scolds you about it. My kids always remind me that she’s going to be mad if I don’t do the Wii pretty soon! I guess that's one way to get motivated. At least she can't reach out and slap me!

    By Blogger Kerry, At 7:40 AM, October 30, 2010  

  • tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/29180019620

    By Blogger Kerry, At 7:47 AM, October 30, 2010  

  • I ran right off the back of the treadmill at the gym watching a cute guy walk by and yes, he noticed me too as soon as I did that. Argh!

    By Blogger jillyrh, At 7:40 PM, October 31, 2010  

  • Tweeted


    Thanks so much

    By Blogger jillyrh, At 7:46 PM, October 31, 2010  

  • there's nothing like digging through a few old photographs to remind you of what could be.

    OH and I tape it up on my mirror.

    By Blogger Allison M., At 2:33 PM, November 01, 2010  

  • I have a picture of me at the zoo with my daughter and I carry it everywhere. A picture right? The funny thing is when they were developed I asked my husband "Who is that lady with our daughter" When he said it was me I was in shock. I will never look like that again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:11 PM, November 03, 2010  

  • What book do you like the most?

    Woman: "My husbands checkbook."


    By Blogger marybug2, At 9:14 PM, November 03, 2010  

  • Tweeted too

    marybug2 at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger marybug2, At 9:15 PM, November 03, 2010  

  • My quadruplet boys recently started belting "kumbaya my Lord" to a hotel lobby full of business suits and skirts. I immediately went to shush them, but then everyone in the room started laughing and smiling at them. Guess they turned out to be the entertainment....


    By Blogger The Murray Crew, At 9:39 PM, November 04, 2010  

  • I have chosen to pay for a membership at my local gym so that I am "encouraged" to workout since I am taking money out of my pocket. I meet up with one of our school's football coaches and we work out at 5:15 in the morning before heading to the H.S. to work. He recently changed my workout and now I am in serious pain. I mean, for real, I never knew I had so many muscles in my butt and that they could be that sore!

    By Blogger Sharon, At 11:54 AM, November 05, 2010  

  • I am going to be 40 in 11 days and I Have decided that I am going to be a fit 40, not a fat 40. Amazing what one letter can do to a word, and what 1 meal at McDonald's can do to me!

    By Blogger Sharon, At 11:58 AM, November 05, 2010  

  • My funniest diet story is my period of experimentation with diet food. Apparently, most low cal, sugar free foods have an unwelcome side effect. Suffice it to say, without getting graphic, that I took many trips to the restroom.

    I have learned that for me, it is better to eat balanced meals with "real" ingredients rather than food laden with sugar or fat substitutes.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 2:59 PM, November 06, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/1000480557764608

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger PauleyD, At 2:59 PM, November 06, 2010  

  • I joined a all women gym last year because of the convenience of being close to my house. I had a couple of months before my class reunion and like everybody else there is nothing to wait till the last minute to get in shape. Well,One morning I HIT the gym with a lot of entusiasm and got in my treadmill with a bunch of magazines and water. In the middle of the session, I had to go to the bathroom and didn't want to cancel my routine, so I hit the pause bottom the machine( WELL, I though I did) I came back from the bathroom and when I got in the machine it was on. The rest is history, I landed in my a__ and everyone in the GYM saw it. I was so humiliated that I though of cancelling my membership. But I have the reunion!!! I went to the reunion fitter but with a nice scar in my leg that will always remind me of that day!!!

    Hope you like my story!!!

    best regards,

    By Blogger Wanda, At 6:46 PM, November 12, 2010  

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