Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sometimes it's the little things...

When I think about how I'm motivated to lose weight and get back in shape, it's not always the most common things that come to mind. There are the normal things like wanting to have more energy, having better fitting (smaller sized) clothing, etc.... But these ideals aren't what really get my mojo going.

Tonight, I took a long bath. As I was laying in the tub, I longed to be able to sink my body underneath the water. Being tall, I've accepted the fact that my legs and my body cannot both be submerged at once, even in a garden tub. But these days, as I'm trying to hold onto the hot water engulfing my body, I'm a little sad that there's 3 sizable islands amongst my watery paradise. And let's not even BEGIN to talk about shaving...

I often am the one in our household who cooks and prepares the evening meal. From time to time, I've been known to don an apron. I've sometimes thought to scenes often played out on the big and small screen. The man comes home to find a candlelit home, delicious smells emanating from the kitchen, and a sensual woman busy setting the table, wearing nothing more than an apron and a smile. This scenario is less than sexy played out in my real life.

Often times my husband and I volunteer our time at a local concession stand. It benefits an organization both of my children are participating in this year. At the end of the night, one of the tasks is to wipe down the counters with a bleach mixture. More times than not, I'm the one doing this task. This past week, as I was cleaning, I got some bleach on a new sweatshirt. Not because I'd spilled it on myself, but because my midsection protruded in such a way as to touch a freshly cleaned countertop. Oftentimes I'm in the same predicament with respect to dining. Forget about putting a napkin in my lap, the food cannot reach my lap unless I am a couple feet from the table and leaning over considerably. So my napkin sits to the side of my plate, or on one or the other leg.

It's the little things like this that really motivate me to get back on the healthy lifestyle track. Sure, I'll admit that clothes and appearance overall DO play a role, but those are more "big things" and not necessarily the small triggers that get you to go back to the starting line. So tomorrow, I'm lining up once again, with all the other racers out there trying to get to the finish line of this battle.

Be well friends!

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