1. Always exercise on Monday. Starting the week on the right foot makes it easier to stick to your plan.

2. Never skip exercising for two days in a row. You can skip a day, but the next day, you must exercise no matter how inconvenient. This rule dramatically increased the number of times I exercise over the course of a month.

3. Remember, exercise GIVES energy. If you feel too tired to exercise, remember that exercise boosts energy. It took me a long time to notice that I’d drag myself to the gym, work out for forty minutes, and leave feeling far more energetic than when I went in.

4. Any work-out “counts.” Give yourself credit for the least effort. My father, a runner, always said that all he had to do was put on his running shoes and close the door behind him. Why does this work? Because if I know I can quit after five minutes, I get started—and once I start, I usually follow through with my usual routine. Getting out the door is by FAR the toughest part.

5. You don’t have to shower. One problem—mostly for women—is that taking a shower can take too much time. Look for exercise like strength-training, yoga, or walking, that don’t make you sweaty.

6. Throw money at the problem. Spend more to go to a more convenient gym, or to get an iPod, or to work with a trainer. Exercise pays off BIG in your quality of life, so this is a place to splurge.

7. Don’t set the bar too high. I have a friend who thinks it’s not worth exercising unless she’s training for a marathon – and so she never exercises. She’d be better off going for a one-mile run five times a week.

8. Don’t kid yourself. Belonging to a gym doesn’t mean that you go to the gym. Having been in good shape in college doesn’t mean you’re in good shape today. Be honest about what your habits really are now.

9. You have time. Just take a twenty-minute walk. If you can’t do more, do that! Just a twenty-minute walk will really pay off.

10. Exercise for SANITY not VANITY. I find it more motivating to think about the fact that exercise is going to make me feel happier, calmer, and more energetic, right now, rather than to think about vaguer long-term benefits, like strengthened immunity or longer life. It’s not clear that exercise has much impact on weight loss, so don’t be give up when the pounds don’t fall off. It’s worth doing for so many other reasons.


Thinspiration Goals


Turning to Hollywood starlets is probably not the best measure of realistic "thinspiration." But every week, I faithfully (and jubilantly!) buy celeb mags looking at all the slim, gorgeous women. I'm overtly jealous of their rail thin, over-stylized, airbrushed photos. I know that this is simply not, nor will ever be, a reality for me. But I secretly wish that that reality was not true. Sometimes I think the celeb magazines are distracting and set me up to feel bad about myself - and how can I be successful at achieving my perfect weight when I don't feel good about myself? I WANT TO INSPIRE MYSELF!

I want to take better care of myself. For health, for beauty, and for the love of ME :) I will do cardio for at least 45 mins/day [in addition to any dance rehearsals and performances]. I will strength train 3x/week. I will eat healthfully [avoiding junk/fast food]. I will eat breakfast daily. I will drink 4L/water daily. I will CHOOSE to be ACTIVE in ALL situations.


A funny thing happened this week...


I'm absolutely coveting a new costume. I'm completely in love with Samia Gamal, so I'd love a classic, vintage costume. She's so beautiful and feminine and graceful. I need to be a bit more of all of this things when I dance. The problem is that I don't want to buy a costume at this weight. I'm so uncomfortable with myself right now. I originally wanted to lose 40 lbs, but I would be thrilled to be 20 lbs lighter. I think I can lose 20 lbs easily because it would be a weight that is easy for me to maintain. I am going to plan for my weight loss success :)

I got my job! Woot! It's been a long [well not too long] process, and a lot of work to win this competition. I'm absolutely thrilled. After finding out early one morning this week, I was floating, beaming and apparently completely oblivious to the fact there was a HUGE, prominent hole in the derriere of my pants! Ahhhhh! The Universe definitely has a mysterious way of keeping you humble. Luckily, I can easily laugh at myself [not to mention my ability to quickly mend the tear in the seam!].

I'm still uber-excited, but I've got a crap cold that is finally beginning to manifest. The quicker it starts, the quicker it will be done, and I'm totally keen to be done with it. I rarely get sick, so when I do, I tend to get REALLY sick. Despite my muckiness, I was able to perform again this week.

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