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By Tara Zandra | January 9, 2013

We all know the tricks people use to inspire themselves to workout and lose weight. There’s the old buy the perfect dress in a size too small, or posting a picture of the ideal body on the front of the fridge, to the more modern posting of weight lost tips on pinterest.

I don’t do any of those. My inspiration could be considered a little mean, actually. One day last year, I saw a photo of someone and thought to myself “I will do whatever it takes to not ever end up like that.” And I’ve been working out and eating better ever since. Now I will say that’s not my daily motivation because when that alarm clocks goes off at 5:30am, the LAST thing I want to do is get out of my gorgeously warm bed. The house is cold that early in the morning and lord knows how I feel about cold. But I get up anyway because at this point it’s definitely a habit and my days are much, much better if I work out in the morning.

So this morning, I decided to weigh myself which I hadn’t done since early November which was really the last time before this week that I worked out. I was a tad trepidatious, to say the least.

Down 2.8 pounds. Yeah, I’ll take that.

So that inspired me to put on a pair of pants that have zipped up for a little while, but weren’t exactly flattering what with the muffin top and all. Today? No muffin top. That’s all the inspiration I need now.

Side note: The joy of fitting into pants from a few years ago is slightly dampened when I realize the style of the pants is still mid-2000s. Boot cut look tapered in comparison. I’m not sure at what point I should shop though. 5 more pounds? 10? 20? I don’t know.

As I mentioned in the past, I’ve also been working hard at not living in jeans and a ponytail every single day (you know, the “mom look” to go with my new 7 seater “mom car”). I’ve got scarves and jewelry and boots and my hair is down a lot of the time now. Today a friend (who I don’t think reads here but if she does, yes D, I mean you) told me I was an inspiration to her. I was very touched to hear that, though probably didn’t say so because sometimes my manners suck.

Her saying that to me helps keep me inspired to keep going. So tomorrow morning, I’ll be up and cardio boxing and dancing in my living room before the sun comes out. I will resist the Halloween candy once again, and I will attempt to put together an outfit. Even if it will look like 2007.

Topics: Life, On the fitness track |

3 Responses to “inspired”

  1. Vanessa Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Boy, I hear you on the old clothes. I lost weight last year and was able to fit back into some things I hadn’t worn since late 2008, and I was surprised how out of style they looked when I put them on. I didn’t think four years was *that* long!

  2. Chris Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 6:47 am

    You also inspire me everyday. Truly.

  3. Mel Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    A friend of mine does that mean thing. Instead of putting unattainable young models on her fridge, she tapes up photos of really super heavy women in bad clothes…and honestly I can see where that might be more of a motivation to just shut the fridge door. For me personally I can’t look at young models in bikinis any more without feeling like just giving up altogether, like all those stupid weight “motivation” pics on Pinterest. Ptooey. Weight loss doesn’t equal recaptured youth. LOL Anyway, sounds like you’re doing a great job! Keep up the good work!