Monday, October 20, 2008

How bad?

A few weeks ago my kids and I were taking a walk through the park when a very ripped young man came jogging past. When I was sure he was out of ear range I turned to my teen girls and said, "Did you see that guy?"
.
"No Mom I didn't see him at all." Marlee sarcastically replied as she wiped the drool off of her shoes.
.
Can I just pause from my story for a moment to say how fun it is to have teen-aged daughters. I love their reactions when I bring up the subject of 'hot guys'. Seriously there is nothing better. Now back to my story...I too admired this young man's physique but for a much different reason than my drooling daughters. As someone who HATES to workout I looked at those rock hard abs and thought, "What kind of drive and determination must one have to get a body like that?" How the heck do people dedicate themselves that way? I really want to know.
.
As you know I am very excited about my 40th b-day next year, but I really want to reach it in better shape than I am now. And not just because I want to be ripped and toned, but also healthy. I want to be a cute spunky eighty year old someday and I know I have to start working on my health now or that will never happen.
.
So this morning I MADE myself do a quick workout and I started on my crunches again. You may have noticed that my crunch-o-meter is empty. I decided that since my last crunches were done in May they really didn't count anymore so I erased them. But this morning I got 140 in before the phone interrupted me (couldn't make myself go back after the phone call).Then I made a sign for my bathroom mirror.

.
When I was in high school I shaved my hair short, short (those crazy 80's) and had to spend the rest of the time trying to grow it back. I often got tempted to chop it all off again so I put a picture on my mirror of the long beautiful hair that I desired and this helped me to persevere through those bad hair days. Now I have this sign on my mirror to help me through the, "but I don't want to workout" days.

It says, "How bad do you want it?" A question that I ask myself all of the time. Just how bad do I want it? Do I really want to be in shape or do I just want to dream about it? This question works for other goals that I've set as well so hopefully the sign will be a motivating force for me.
How bad do I want it?
I guess time, and my abs, will tell.

7 comments:

4boyzmdmom said...

That sign on the mirror is a good idea (except mine would probably get splashed with toothpaste & water)! I will have to try that with a few things....

Rachel said...

I love that sign....I just took both of my teenagers phones away last night...I think I am going to put it up in their bathroom! BTW you should give your son crap like I give mine crap about not asking the girls to dances. Poor girls...they all want to go and these dumb boys won't do it. The last 2 years he was asked to prom from girls...how sad is that! I am glad that he had fun so hopefully he will changes his ways! Plus your son is so cute! I am sure the girls are dying to go with him!

Bren's Life said...

I HAVE to get motivated. It is so hard when you have SO MUCH to lose though. You feel like you can never get there, so I'll start tomorrow, then oh wait no tomorrow & then it hasn't happened yet...
Way to go at starting. Keep it up!

Missy :o) said...

I like that! How bad do you want it? My abs are seriously the worst part of getting fit. I used to have a great tummy, then had five babies! I'm working on it,though.

Shellie said...

It's not that I don't want it, I just want sleep even worse!

TheShumWAYS said...

You already have such a beautiful figure... wanna trade? I can't wait to workout again, soon right:) Oh to run again...

MaryRC said...

my mom used to have pictures of bodies she wanted with her head pasted to them all over the house. i thought she was nuts at the time, but now, I get it! you sign is very clever, i just may steal the idea?