Thursday, January 7, 2016


the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

synonyms:  motive, motivating force, incentive, stimulus, stimulation, inspiration, inducement, incitement, spur, reason, enthusiasm, drive, ambition, initiative, determination

Here we are 25% of the way through the first month of the new year and I have NOT started my healthy journey.  I often sit and watch Oprah talk about her fresh start.  What is it going to take?

My two Portland buddies are still going to Weight Watchers.  Although honestly, since July they mainly lose and gain the same five pounds.  At $12/week those are very costly pounds.

Why do I not make myself a priority?  What is it going to take?  I don't want to do some fake "diet" like drink a shake or eat 800 calories a day or something else unreasonable to continue forever.  I do have one friend here on Maui who has lost over 150 lbs and keeps 130 off ... for five years.  It was a hospital designed plan and she has a dietician (now a friend) who helps her.

I think I have to drag out my scale and start writing down what I eat.  And writing down my weekly goals.  Big change would be to not eat on a tray in front of the TV.  Oh what the heck, I know exactly what I should be doing ... I just listen to the devil who says START TOMORROW.

Today I tried on a swimsuit that I ordered from an online company.  In a large size 16.  And it is way too small.  I was putting on sunscreen to head to a pool with a friend and I used a mirror to be sure I got my back slathered with sunscreen (SPF 50).

And that view, my friends, is motivation.


  1. It's only the 7th of January. Don't be so hard on yourself. You will start when you start and it's coming soon. You're in the right frame of mind and you DO know what works for you.

    I have done Weight Watches several times and find that one of the hardest and most costly programs to stick to. For me, a protein shake in the morning and two meals with a total of 1,000 calories a day is the easiest for to maintain over time.

    1. By the way, I used poo-poo shakes, too, but for me they keep me from being hungry because they are so well balanced with what your body needs.

    2. I just have to settle on a plan and stick with it for a month!

  2. It's either Feast or Famine! No pun intended. I used to be skinny--then I got married, had kids and weighed upwards of 180-190# Thankfully, I am tall and didn't look too obese. Unlike most women, I lose weight when I am depressed. After Fred died, I lost 30# in about 3 months. Now--I have no appetite and am un-glamarous with my skinny legs and arms. The doctor tells me I am healthier than ever, but also says women need to keep on an extra 10# as they age. In case we get really sick and won't get so frail as fast as if we were skinny to begin with. I like my weight now--but I do need to gain some muscle tone and..........much too lazy to do it. I was a size 18-20, now a 12 .

  3. Motivation. I always wonder - Does it take the carrot or the stick? If you'd like, I'll be your cheering section. Like, you could post a little shorthand note along with your blog. "Gold Star" "Blue Star" or some such code you make up, each color indicating the size of the pat on your back. And I will send you little, medium, big hugs!

    One year I put various color coded stars on my calendar, which was on my refrigerator. And it was kind of nice to see them add up. Hmmm. Do I dare do this again?!?

    1. You may be right! A reward system ... like Weight Watchers. They give stickers!!