Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What gets you moving?

It seems like every couple of months, Runner’s World publishes a “Motivation Issue.” I could use one of these every week. But for now, here are my own motivation triggers for running:

1. Sign up for a marathon. Once you spend the hefty registration fee, you can’t NOT train for a 26.2 mile run.

2. Sign up for a marathon with some friends. Now you really have to train, since others are counting on you.

3. Put on the jeans that fit you two months ago but are now cutting off your circulation at the thighs.

4. Borrow someone else’s iPod and go for a jog just to see what they have playing.

5. Take your son to any kind of practice at the end of the day when you really are not in the best of moods and are too tired and impatient for small talk with the other parents, so you need something else to do…like going for a run.

6. Remember that the Lemon Lime Gatorade tastes just like a margarita…and if you run far or fast enough, the endorphins at the end will make you feel like there were more than just electrolytes in that drink.

7. Look at ANY clothes catalog…where all the models are size zero with C-D cups making everything look perfect on them…and then when you try the outfit on, you just look plain fat.

8. Remember that when you’re running, you’re ALONE…with no whining, screaming, ungrateful kids nagging at your side.

9. Get a sexy husband (like mine) who works around young, flirtatious, pretty women all day…not that he’s looking….but I see them.

10. Go bathing suit shopping. But warning, not only might you start running, but you also might stop eating.

Those are my motivational techniques for now. And although I’ve been running a lot these past few weeks, I haven’t dropped a pound, and my belly hasn’t shrunk an inch, the cellulite is still showing on my thighs and butt, and those too tight jeans are still too tight. Oh well….I’m trying.

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At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Jaye said...

Addendum to #'s 1 & 2 - sign up for a marathon at a place you've never been or haven't been for a long time with family/friends. They're coming to watch you run (or run with you), and you have a nice vacation (albeit slow one) after your run.

You've got me motivated again! Especially with the clothes/bathing suit part! Running should help me get over my "fear" of bathing suits! hahahaha!

Plus, you just plain feel great after running a couple of miles, esp. if you run a p.r.! Thanks for the pep talk!

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous dana said...

I like the margarita motivation!!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger wiferhood said...

At least you are running...I, on the other hand, just sit around and cry about being fat while eating NyCee's goldfish trying to convince myself they are low fat and if I only eat those all day, the weight will magically fall off.

At 8:45 AM, Blogger IrishMommy said...

Coffee and Cocktails... It gets you moving and makes you forget some of the pain!

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Jaye said...

New discovery (to me, at least) - MOJITOS!!!!

A nice, cool, refreshing drink to cool you after a hot run! Oh, yeah!

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Hmmm...Lemon Lime Gatorade, eh? I think I'll have to forego my usual water bottle and give that one a try. This reminds me, I haven't signed up for another 5K yet.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

NEWSFLASH!!! There is another maragarita-alternative when it comes to exercise refreshment! I had the pleasure of trying for the first time tonight a powdered mix called Propel in their lemon flavor. It's made by the maker of Gatorade and comes premixed in bottles, as well.

OMGosh!??! Maybe I'm hyping something everyone else knew about years ago but give me an umbrella and a sandy beach and I could call it a day with this drink! It's delish! I'm really loving this "having a drink after exercise" train of thought, Cari...even if it's not really "a drink". *smiles*


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