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657315 tn?1319491387

To Succeed or NOT to Succeed...that is the ???

Okay, I've been dragging my feet far too long.  I'm sitting here at 9lbs to goal.  My goal date is April 5, and as you know, the last 10lbs can be the toughest to lose.  April 5 is 5 weeks from this past Sunday.  Let's say I wrap it up?!?

That's where you guys come in.  I need your help.  I'm talking about Motivation, PEOPLE!  

MOTIVATION TO SUCCEED: I was thinking of a game kind of like a bet.  If I meet my goal on or before, what should I do to treat myself?  I should tell ya, it CAN'T cost more than 50 cents!  My husband has had his hours cut this winter, so I need to brainstorm inexpensive ways to treat myself.  The wardrobe is taken care of because I was at my goal 2 years ago in April and only stayed there for 8 months.  ONE GREAT REWARD IS GOING TO BE WEARING SOME GREAT SHORTS I ONLY WORE FOR ONE SUMMER.  Can you think of other ways to motivate me?  I'm not good at that...

MOTIVATION NOT TO FAIL: If I DON'T meet my goal ON TIME, what do you guys want me to do?  Make it PAINFUL!  I once had a bet with Skailark that if he lost the bet, I wanted a picture of him posted on his profile IN A TUTU!  Unfortunately, I lost and owed him 100 crunches.  Use your imaginations.  

Also, I have a BEFORE picture showing me when I weighed 210+ pounds.  Would you like to see it soon or once I reach my goal?  

Feel free to make suggestions about the next 4 1/2 weeks, too.  Go ahead, make my day!  I really need to do this.  I think I've been afraid to pour on the gusto because I don't trust myself to maintain my goal weight.  Well, I'm hovering here at 149, so why not hover at 140?  BTW, once I get to 140, my goal is to maintain 137-143.  I plan on staying around here and making YOUR lives miserable, so you can  hold me accountable - or "punish" me with "motivation" on that, too, if you wish.  BRAINSTORM!!!

Come on!  I need you guys to scare the pounds off of me!
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748902 tn?1286034758
Why is it so hard to think of ways to reward ourselves, i promised myself a reward when i lost 100lbs but still havent managed to think of anything,

Well you cant fail its just not an option.
Not sure how far 50 cents stretches but what about a pamper day hair, make up
(over here you can get your make up done in the larger stores for free), nails maybe a massage then a nice meal with your husband and then who knows :-)

and if you fail you will have to post all your worst photos, and maybe a 5mile jog or walk
I will be on your case every day, good luck YOU CAN DO IT

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362249 tn?1441315018
I need the motivation too!! i'm like stuck between 2-3 lbs for my goal and im just bouncing around LOL! My goal was 120 and maintain weight is supposed to be 117-122! My clothes already fit like i want so i feel like just saying oh well and not trying to get that 120 but the other part of me wants to say NO WAY get the 120 such confusion!! LOL!!
I know you can reach your goal too we just gotta kick either's butts through the PC LOL!!
Maybe a reward you could just stay at home and do like a nice spa thing take a bubble bath with candles do your nails or toenails with no interuptions!!
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657315 tn?1319491387
I like the make-up idea.  I could have a virtual massage - and make some of my MH buddies give me one!  I was teasing about the 50 cents, but any reward that costs money has to be REALLY inexpensive.  I want to learn non-monetary, non-calorie wards.

oohh!  ALL my worst photos?  I could never jog 5 miles with my knee, but you could force a 5-mile walk on me - on my case every day, HUH?  Now, that's what I'm talkin' about!
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657315 tn?1319491387
Come on, girl.  You do it and drag me with you!  You can't give up on your goal.  You're too close.

Bring it on, let's kick each other's butts - if you can dish it out, I'll try to take it (but go easy on this old girl LOL!)

Oh, I love bubble baths and candles.  If I do my nails myself, that wouldn't cost too much, would it?  

Okay, this is gettin' good!
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649848 tn?1534633700
COMMUNITY LEADER
Well, you really left the field wide open there, didn't you??

Of course the major motivation will be the satisfaction you will have because you look the way you want to, so keep that picture in your mind.  

Ok - here's MY suggestions:

MOTIVATION TO SUCCEED:  I like goku's idea of something that you can do at home.  The spa idea is wonderful.  Run yourself a warm bath with some bath salts (epsom salts works in lieu of bath salts) and bubble bath (I've even used dishwashing liquid - hey don't laugh - it's cheap, you have it on hand and it makes great bubbles).  Light some candles and pour yourself a nice tall glass of wine (oops, you don't drink wine, so go for a refreshing glass of ice water with a sliver of lemon in a pretty glass).  Take your largest, softest bath towel and "fluff" it in the dryer for a few minutes to get it nice and warm; sink yourself into that tub, relax and enjoy!!  When you get out rub yourself down with your favorite body lotion/oil and climb into your favorite pj's/nightie.  

OR

Treat yourself to your favorite meal - try to get someone else (hubby/kids) to make it or if possible or get take out.  

OR

If you get vacation time from work, treat yourself to a day off to do whatever you want - window shopping (you said it had to be cheap), lunch with friends, etc.  

CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING:  I think you should have to post a photo of yourself in a bikini!!  Or at least in a pair of short shorts and skimpy tank top if you don't own a bikini.  AND an extra hour at the gym!!  

That's a few ideas and I have 4 1/2 weeks to come up with more - right??

To get there it might help to take a photo of yourself when you weighed what you wanted and post it on the fridge, cupboards, wherever you will see it on a regular basis to remind yourself of what you want to look like.  

There's no doubt in my mind that you CAN and WILL reach your goal.  And of course, we will want to see the before and after photos.  AND we will expect you to come up with all kinds of things to motivate us in return.  

Good luck and we will expect daily updates to make sure you are tending to business!!  lol
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269786 tn?1243793707
Have a party for yourself. You could send out invitations to friends and family giving yourself a party on the date you think you will lose the weight. Make them bring the food (healthy food of course) and wine.

It would be very embarrassing to have this party and then have to tell everyone you didn't meet your goal. The thought of all these people watching you get on the scale and not make it might motivate you to stay on track.

What the heck - have a HUGE PARTY! YOU'RE WORTH IT, AREN'T YOU. And let's face it - hitting your goal weight deserves a party. It's hard work losing weight.
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657315 tn?1319491387
You're kind of like our little "Dear Abby" of ideas on here, huh?  Very good ones...well, NOT the bikini one!!!  I like the warm, fluffy bath towel, bubble bath, body lotion (I have lots from Bath & Body Works), AND fav. nightie (hubby will like this, too - he might just help me reach my goal!!!).

AND, it would just serve you right if I posted a photo of myself in a bikini!!!  I'd be kicked off MH permanently, for sure.  Is that what you want?  You want to steal all my answers?   An extra HOUR at the gym?  OUCH!  You drive a hard bargain, lady!  *stands while typing*

BTW, there IS a photo of me at my goal weight on my profile page.  It isn't on the front page, you have to go into my photos.  I'm wearing white pants and a brown top and it says something about me being at my goal weight...

Thanks for the ideas.  I really asked for this, didn't I?  What was I thinking?
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657315 tn?1319491387
PARTY!  I had an idea!!!  It could be a virtual party with all of you guys.  You could sign up for what you're bringing - and it wouldn't cost a dime!  We could do a live chat party!!!  Wouldn't that be fun?  We could make it work.  Like an open house, just drop in when you can.  Of course, bring me lots of gifts!

Oh, but how devious you are!  A real party and weighing in front of everybody?  You first!!!  No, these are exactly the kinds of ideas I asked for and you guys are delivering.  

I think I will throw the huge party if I can keep my weight off for...2 years...or should I make that 3?  THAT'S my real goal, being able to KEEP my weight off.

You guys ROCK!  Thanks for these great ideas!
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759898 tn?1234418143
Maybe tan in a bottle???

Do you have itunes?  On thing I do is listen to the Dance radio stations (they're free if you have itunes), or the techno stations and pretend I'm in an early 90s aerobic video....or pretend I'm Jane Fonda.  So that may help you burn a few extra calories a day....or maybe you could reward yourself with some new tunes that will motivate you to keep working out (a new song to work out to!)

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362249 tn?1441315018
Ok Twehner you inspired me LOL! I did not finish my workout earlier so just a bit ago i got off my duff and did the other part of what i did not finish!! I dragged you too so im hope your sweating as much as me right now LOL!! I did the biggest loser bootcamp OMG feel like some1 socked me in the gut but good work out lol!!
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649848 tn?1534633700
COMMUNITY LEADER
NOW LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE!!  You've got everyone putting on their thinking caps AND getting up to move!!  (Way to go guku).  Now, let me see if *I* can get some motivation from all this.  After all, we can't let YOU be the only one to benefit from our good ideas.  lol


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657315 tn?1319491387
I like the way you think, Girl!  That's a reward worth working for.  I LOVE music.  I will put myself on YouTube and you guys can see me - JK, JK, JK!!!!!
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657315 tn?1319491387
Serves you right!  Now, keep at it!  I'm suffering with a sinus infection, but I will be doing a body sculpt class today (strength-training).  What are YOU doing???  I want a full report!
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657315 tn?1319491387
Glad to hear we're getting everybody involved!  This is fun.  You know, misery loves company?!?!?!?!?

I'll pick on iTunes, "I Get By With A Little (A LOT) Help From My Friends" !!!!
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649848 tn?1534633700
COMMUNITY LEADER
Friends - WHAT friends - we're just going along for the ride.  LOL

I'm too old for more misery, so if misery loves company, you'll have to go without me, but I'll stay behind and work on losing some weight with you (without being miserable).  
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362249 tn?1441315018
LOL TY Twehner!! Well like i said im doing the biggest loser DVD today is cardio so total will be like an hr!! and i might do some yoga for a challenge on SP but we ll see i dont like yoga!
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657315 tn?1319491387
Deal.  We'll all work on losing weight *together*.  Hey, why don't we form a COMMUNITY!  Oh, that's already been done.  THANKS, MH!

Sorry, Barb, we'll do our best to make EVERYONE miserable.  You're welcome!
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657315 tn?1319491387
You're smokin', girl!  I'm right on your tail...
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616227 tn?1251076398
Hey! Wazzup!  HMmmmmm. I stilll cannot forget the bet we had bewtween us! And now you wanna bet agian? Well....I think I am ready to give you a really hard time!  lol...


Okey here is the deal!  You win - You get to
1. go out for a movie...you like
2. you make a fun video telling the world abt your success on youtube!
3. any girly inexpensive stuff like your hair,nail ,bath etc!

But if you lose buddy it's going to be your worst nightmare! You ready?

1.You give me 150 crunches for a week  PLUS
2.5 mile walk  PLUS
3.A Video For All Of Us on youtube you explaining why you failed!


I think this one is going to be a close call,...every calorie and every mile is going to count for the next 4 and half weks...and also know the commmunity is going to back you u p here and as always I will be along your side to make sure you get thru this!

So what are you waiting for?  Start moving and time to get cracking!!!!
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657315 tn?1319491387
I knew it!!!  I knew you'd drive a hard bargain!

I think that if I win - if I get to my goal by April 5, YOU post that picture of yourself in a TUTU!!!  COME ON, GIRLS!!!  GIVE IT UP FOR SKAILARK!!!!!!!

No, I guess that's NOT fair.  UNLESS EVERYONE VOTES YOU DOWN, MY FRIEND!

OUCH!  YouTube, REALLY?  I was kidding!  I don't even know how to do that.  

Doesn't matter, BECAUSE I'M GONNA MEET MY GOAL, TUTU-MAN!
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616227 tn?1251076398
HA hAAA! Well....Dont worry lady I will teach you how to do you tube...A free lesson just for you! lol...Well...I rthink I will still win the votes in the community so TUTU is out of the equation my friend! Now what ever your plan for the next few weeks make sure you do it right otherwise I will love teaching you the YouTube Lesson!
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657315 tn?1319491387
Is it too late to remove this post...?  I'm contacting MH.  I think Barb hijacked my computer!  I never started this!  I'm not even me.  Who is twehner5?  
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579258 tn?1250649343
Oh how FUN is This???  Well, for starters, how about a “Princess Day”???  A day set aside just to pamper yourself and do anything you want to do!  Like .. having hubby fix breakfast in bed, do your nails, color/fix your hair, light candles, listen to music or curl up with a good book, take a soaky bath with candles, get all dolled up or stay in your jammies .. it’s YOUR Day!!!  Think you should make a crown as well and wear it all day long!!!  You can even go to the ball!  Get all schmanzy and invite hubby to dance!  Candlelight dinner anyone???  Just think of the possibilities!  

What is your little heart’s desire?  You could have a beach party!  Whether you’re near the water or in a wading pool or throw a towel down in the living room .. put on your bathing suit and sunglasses, set up an umbrella and relax!  You mind can take you anywhere you want to go!  A little suntan lotion, the rays of the sun or a sun lamp .. and you’ve got it made!

Now .. I’m not much into the punishment side .. never worked for me.  Personally, if you’re that disciplined to dole out your own punishment, you’ll be disciplined enough to do the things you need to do to succeed.  However, you can continue to have a crunch challenge with Skailark or have Barb sit you in the corner .. lolll  As for me .. I’ll just give you (((Hugs))) and encouragement to keep on going knowing you may arrive there a little later than planned, but you WILL arrive there and celebrate your goal.

LOVE your thread, your honesty and your motivation!  And YESSSSSS .. post your starting picture and your now picture .. we want to celebrate your Success with you!!!!  STRUT YOUR STUFF GIRL!!!!  YOU HAVE EARNED IT!!!  :)

Oh .. and the Virtual Party thing .. YYYYEEESSSSSS .. what a KEWL Idea!!!  
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579258 tn?1250649343
Who or What is a Twehner???

T – ireless in her efforts

W – itty and welcoming

E – nergetic and motivational

H – umorous and heartfelt

N – ice and normal (???) .. sorry – couldn’t resist

E – nlightened about what she wants and how to get there

R – elentless in pursuit of her goals and secure in the knowledge she can get there!
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