When Rewards Aren’t Working, Sometimes Happy Deadlines Do.
So the decline starts. You’ve been up and down like a rollercoaster all winter long. You carefully planned your exercise backups for bad weather, you have maintained or made up for Holiday eating, you have gotten to know your strengths and weaknesses better but omg it is hard in winter. We work so hard to make that scale or ‘inches total’ budge and then when we finally actually do make a little progress, we are so freaking excited that our rewards get lost. Or we buy them or get them too early, or we stop earning them, or we forget about them and just revel in seeing a smaller number on the scale.
This is how the complacency of winter starts setting in for me. I get so happy about finally making headway in this grey lonely sad season that just about STOP and rest on my laurels.
So I’m forgetting rewards left and right, who cares- I’m making progress, right? Not for me- that’s the first sign that I’m about to lose all my forward momentum. Because I’m happy right where I am and with what I’ve already accomplished.
BAD YOOVIE! Time to unleash some fiyah!
Getting a trampoline and taking a day off of work not enough to motivate me? What about a little fear? (in a good way)
Swimsuit season officially starts in 15 weeks.
Yup… 15 weeks.
Am I going to be happy looking like this then? oh no i think not, sweetheart. I need to push NOW.
I’m on track as far as getting healthy and taking care of myself, but how am I doing in the gettin skanky part? so-so
What am I going to do about it?
invest some of the money I’ve been blowing on sports bras and free weights on a new bikini. Yeah I said it, A BIKINI and nail that sucker to my wall next to my current set of goal jeans.
Start paying much more attention to my abs and obliques, so that the minute more of this fat fluffy exterior starts melting away, the muscles underneath will be strong (and more importantly, FLAT) (hey priorities are subjective)
Get myself into the summer frame of mind, NOW. What kind of activities am I going to be involved in? Research what is going on in my area as far as races, swim classes, etc.
What kind of produce will be coming up ‘in season’ in the market and the fruit stands? Start thinking of good recipes now, and be really good at making them by the time the first bbq rolls around!
Finally surrender and start doing my planks and pushups. I admit, I don’t do pushups as much as I used to- BUT I want perky titties and first lady arms. Especially if I have to wear that bikini this summer.
Get drastic. THROW AWAY all of my swimsuits and cover ups and shorts from last summer. If I have to buy more, then I want to buy more SMALLER ones. I have 3 months to build back up that wardrobe. Fashion has changed since then anyway (I aint wearing white jeans again, hell no)
Redo some of my fitness collage. Instead of trying to lighten up my SAD, now I’m going to be thinking SUNSHINEEEEEEE, cause it’s right around the corner. It’s almost time to shed that winter cocoon and reveal to my clueless friends and family how much weight I pushed myself to lose over the winter (it was only 25 lbs but hey- that’s like 3 jeans sizes). Can I squeeze off a bit more before the end of winter? HELL YEAH!
It’s that last sprint, the kick at the end of the race- but instead it’s the end of the season. Time to finish it strong, so I can go into spring like a LION! (instead of a bear waking up from 6 months of hibernation on the couch)
I’ll be able to start running outside again! Woohoo!! Hopefully this is the year I get to wear less clothing when I run. Kick it into high gear, yoovie! Get your body ready for exposure.
Cause it’s coming quickly, whether I am ready or not. And, darlin, you live right on the beach- so there ain’t no escapin it.
EDIT: NO SWIM DRESSES ALLOWED. *ahem*
EDIT 2: Yoovie, you wouldn’t dare….
Oh wouldn’t I? I might die trying, but I’d die happy!