A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action

EDIT:  Shakira on American Idol?  Are you kidding me?  And then Katharine in the bottom two, but Bucky is safe??  Is there no justice in this world?  (And yes, I’m aware it’s just a TV show.)

Oh, and this is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.  I don’t know why everyone seems to be so obsessed with Chuck Norris, but the obsession sure is producing lots of fun entertainment.

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I didn’t want it to happen.  I fought it tooth and nail.  I resisted, moaned, groaned, came close to tears, but it happened.  I exercised

To some of you this may not seem like earth-shattering news, but if you know me well enough you know that I HATE exercise.  I see nothing fun about getting sweaty and feeling my fat jiggle around while I try to look graceful doing lunges.  But as much as I hate it, I know that it’s a necessity that I lose weight.  Diabetes runs in my family, and I’m just asking to get it if I keep up the lifestyle I currently have.  Not to mention that it would be great not to feel winded after walking up the two flights of stairs to the writing center. 

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this, nor will it be the last, more than likely.  But I’m tired of talking.  I waste so much time saying, “I need to lose weight” or “I need to be more disciplined with schoolwork” or “I need to get involved in some community service.”  These are all just empty words until I do something.  So I am.  My friend Diana saw a segment on one of the evening news shows like Dateline, and there was a man on there who developed this theory related to threats.  He says that the only way someone will follow through on something when they’re threatened is if they know without a doubt that the threat will come true.  (This explains why many times kids don’t listen if you tell them, “If you do that one more time…” because a lot of times there’s no follow-through.)  So anyway, the show got together 20 people who wanted to lose weight but hadn’t been able to and told them they had two months to lose 15 pounds.  Here’s the kicker: if they didn’t lose the weight, Dateline would put a picture of them in their bathing suits on national TV.  At the end of the two months everyone was weighed, and I think all but one or two of the participants lost the weight, and even more than the 15 pounds.  The person who didn’t lose the weight lost 14 pounds, though, so they didn’t put up her picture because the threat still worked.  All of them were motivated to lose the weight. 

Naturally, this intrigued me, and we started thinking about threats we could carry out if we didn’t lose weight.  So we came up with this:  I want to lose 15 pounds by my brother’s wedding on June 24, and if I don’t, I have to put up a picture of me in my bathing suit on my blog and on facebook.  Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty motivated.  I’ve made myself little notes in my room and on the fridge that say “Bathing suit!” in big letters to remind me, and I’ve started being more conscious about what and how much I’m eating. 

Why am I telling you all of this?  A few reasons.  First, those of you who pray, pray for me.  I really and truly believe that this can honor God, and I want to do it in a healthy, safe manner.  Pray that I would be motivated, not just because of this threat, but because my body is His temple and I need to take care of it.  (Unless of course you secretly want to see me in a bathing suit, but trust me, you don’t.  Hehe.)  Second, telling you this gives me greater accountability.  All 82 of my subscribers now know the plan, and now I feel even more obligated to follow through on this. 

Now, I’m off to drink some water. :happy:

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