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Motivation…NOT. Apparently Diets Are Like Laundry.

I know that thus far my blog has, almost exclusively, been about my kids, and finding joy in the chaos. Well, it’s supposed to be about life. My life, raising all these boys.

I have been talking about losing weight for a while now. I’ve even spoken to a Dr. The thing is…when the Dr. said. “Great, what have you been doing so far?” I responded with….Well, I’m reading this book…. His jaw dropped and he put his head in his hands and laughed..I kid you not. He LAUGHED at me.  He thinks I may have to do a bit more than read it seems, but he said, “At least your motivated.” I even started a group on facebook for those of us attending a HS reunion this summer.. and have yet to follow the advice posted there. I kept looking for something that would rejuvenate my motivation, an Epiphany or something that would magically change the way I think about food and exercise. Maybe I was waiting for the “magic pill”  that would transform me overnight. I’m going to share with you one bit of wisdom from the book I was reading (yes, the Dr. book) by Jennette Fulda called “Half-Assed a weight-loss memoir“. It is in response to someone asking her how she stayed motivated ” I should have just told her to screw motivation. If I waited for motivation to do the dishes. I’d have plates stacked on my counter so high that I couldn’t open the microwave. Which I currently did. I was never motivated to do my dishes. Yet I turned on the faucet and poured out some dish soap anyway. It wasn’t because I wanted  to have fun with bubbles, It was because I had to. I couldn’t bring myself to eat off paper plates. ”

The thing is, I finally realized you just HAVE to do it. Everyday, in every way, just do what you have to do. Like dishes and kids, it has to be part of a routine that becomes second nature. Want to has nothing to do with it. Diets like laundry just have to be done correctly, and constantly.  LIKE IT OR NOT. Not exactly a sign from God…but, close enough.

FYI-Two of my favorite diet memoirs…(I prefer memoirs to diet books because no diet works the same for two people)

  • Half-Assed a weight-loss memoir by Jennete Fulda. First hand account of what she went through with out dishing out advice. Her blog is  http://pastaqueen.com/
  • Such a Pretty Fat” One Narcissist’s Quest To Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie Is Not The Answer by Jenn Lancaster, whose blog is http://www.jennsylvania.com/jennsylvania/2009/02/index.html .One of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Tears sprung from my eyes at points I was laughing so hard.

Oh, and by the way…discovered the books before the blogs. LOL

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February 22, 2009 - Posted by | Diets | , , , , , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. I think I might love you. You just pinpointed everything I’ve been trying to work out in my head for ages. I. Just. Have. To.

    Well that, and if my ass gets any fatter they’re going to have to give me a forklift for my birthday. I exaggerate of course, but not by much.

    Going to check out those blogs (and books) now.

    (by the way…added you to my blogroll too!)

    Comment by Mad Woman | February 22, 2009

  2. sigh, isn’t that the truth about just about everything – you just have to do it, motivation or not! Great blog!

    Comment by Becky | February 23, 2009

  3. what gets me is about a year ago i reached an all time weight high and i decided to do something about it. and for once it worked! i lost about 10 lbs and felt great about myself. but slowly, each month, i have put it all back on. ahhhggghhhh! just do it. damn so easy yet so hard.

    Comment by Consuella Banana Hammock | February 23, 2009

  4. You’re right. And I don’t feel like doing laundry OR exercising right now–which is why I have little piles of dirty laundry and little piles of extra fat. I’ll feel like exercising once Spring is here and I can run outside again. 🙂

    Comment by mamaneeds2rant | February 24, 2009

  5. The title of that 2nd book alone makes me want to read it! What you said is so true. Like it or not, motivated or not, you just have to do it. I will say, from experience, that once you really make it a part of your life, it does become enjoyable. Seriously. I have never been athletic in any way but I actually LOVE working out. It relieves stress in a big way. Some of my best workouts are when I’m really pissed off about something. And once you start having to buy new smaller clothes…that’s when the motivation really kicks in. Your post has re-motivated me!

    Comment by So Much More Than A Mom | February 26, 2009

  6. Habits are so hard to break! Yesterday I picked up two cookies and ate them before realizing..OMG! I can’t eat those cookies!!!

    Comment by recipe for chaos | February 26, 2009

  7. Hey — I read the Pasta Queen too! But I haven’t read her book. It is a great quote. That’s where I’m teetering right now. I KNOW I HAVE to do it. But it’s the doing that’s so hard.

    Comment by Amy | February 26, 2009


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