Motivation – The Shrinking Jeans of Thea


November 24, 2010 By thea

This week was a bit of a rough week.

First off, I took a exercise week off. Which totally defeats the purpose when you have a Fitness Challenge on the table, but I just couldn’t (wouldn’t) get my self together to workout. I logged an abysmal 10 minutes yesterday while I was dancing with the kids.

I still have this “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to exercise. If I’m not able to do ALL of my workout, I end up doing NOTHING.

That probably didn’t need explaining.

Secondly, I had a bit of a stomach bug over the weekend. It was really bad timing because Saturday was our Annual Progressive Dinner. All that delicious food and I didn’t eat hardly any of it.

So, I wasn’t expecting much this weigh in. Which is usually when the magic happens.

I am down 1.2 pounds this week!

I need to come up with some goals for this challenge. No goals = no plan = no good.

  1. As always, stay within the 153-157 pound range.
  2. Do something active every day. Even if it’s only dancing for 5 minutes.
  3. Limit myself to one sweet treat a day (Exception: Thanksgiving Day)
  4. When I have a choice, skip the food with a wrapper.

While I had a loss this week, I feel like I really dropped the ball with the Fitness Challenge. I apologize to my Healthy Holiday Ho’s. It won’t happen again!!

July 23, 2010 By thea

I can’t believe that it’s finally THE weekend. My first triathlon, people!

I’ve been training for 11(ish) weeks and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Will you indulge me while I share them with you?


And you know I love me a good quote, so that’s how I’m going to give you my tidbits.

Or I guess if it’s quotes it’s their tidbits.

Whatever. Here’s what  I learned.

  • Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin
    I can talk all daggone day long about doing a workout, but unless I’ve actually done the workout, my words don’t mean much.
  • Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.  ~Alex Karras
    Seriously, what I can do has more to do with what I THINK I can do then whether I’m actually physically capable of doing it.
  • Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.  ~Woody Allen
    This one is so true. If I go to the gym, if I go to the pool, if I go walk outside and get my bike…I’M GOING TO EXERCISE. It’s not like I go to the gym and sit on the couch. If I take the first step, the rest will follow.
  • Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.  ~John Dewey
    About 3/4 of the way through the training, I knew that I already needed a new goal to focus on for AFTER the triathlon. If I didn’t pick something before my first event was done, I knew I would flounder aimlessly for a while. My triathlon is Sunday and I start training for my 2nd triathlon the next day.
  • Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.  ~Henry Ford
    It’s amazing how much of exercising or sticking to a plan is mental. On the days where I grumbled about going out, I had sucky sessions. On the days where I felt good about going out, I enjoyed it a lot more and I did better. Talk nice to yourself. Pretty simple.
  • Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.  ~Chinese Proverb
    I’m slow. I swim slow. I bike slow. I run/walk slow. But slow is better than stopped. Just keep moving, just keep moving, just keep moving.

March 27, 2010 By thea

Alrighty folks, truth time.

I’m not doing my 10k training. It’s on my to-do list every day.  But I’m not doing it.

And you wanna know why?


There.  I said it.  Woo.  I feel better.  But only slightly. Because I mostly feel like a loser.

I wanted to like running.  I really did.  I tried.  But I always look at it with dread.  It causes me more stress than relieves it.  Maybe I’m just a short distance runner and will never get beyond a 5k.  I don’t know.

They say that you need to find something you love if  you are going to stick with it.  And I don’t love running.

But I’ve set goals.  And I’ve signed up for races.  And I’ve bought swimsuits for triathlons and that means running.

I feel like a big lump of goo.  I’m not sure where to go from here.

I feel like a quitter.  And I feel like I’m letting people down. And I feel like a quitter. And a whiner. And a quitter.

I’m not sure what I love.  I can’t ever remember doing any physical activity and loving it.

So what do I do? Where do I go from here?


January 15, 2010 By thea

I created my motivation wall a month or two ago after reading about Christie’s wall. I thought it was such an amazing idea, but I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a place where I would see it every day, but also not be an eye sore.

Then I realized the inside of my closet was the perfect place. I could make it semi-permanent and if the corkboard messed up the wall at all, who the hell cares? It’s in a closet!

So I went out to Staples and bought myself a 4 pack of 12×12 cork squares and a box of push pins. I put it all up on the wall and started putting stuff up.

Yes, it’s a little bare. I have a little trouble actually remembering to look for motivational stuff to put up there. But I absolutely love what I do have. You can see that I have a “Challenge Yourself” banner and I have the picture of me and Jacob from World Run Day.

I seriously love how bad ass my 6 year old son looks. Is that wrong?

Anyway, I found that my biggest problem is getting over the demons in my head, so I picked stuff that I thought would help remind me that I have the power to change things.  Me.  Oh, yes I do.

I also seem to be super hung up on my times for my races.  It was a real stumbling block for me in the beginning.  I thought I was supposed to run a certain speed in order to be considered a “real” runner.  So, I hung up my race bibs with my times written on them to remind myself that finishing is the only thing I have to do.  Times are going to change, but I will always have to finish once I start.

This one is my head in a nutshell.  Really, this is what running is all about.  Getting into your own head and defeating your own self doubt and overcoming your own restrictions.  It truly is me vs. me.

Because you know what?