Lack of motivation (and maybe laziness and gluttony) has been beating me for the past few weeks. I know I laid out ways to get my butt in gear. But I didn’t follow them as faithfully as I should. And I know I told you where I was weight-wise a few years ago. But still those pictures didn’t get my motivation fired up.

What got me going? GymbuddyTara. She’s in a massive upswing of motivation that is almost impossible to ignore or escape. And I’m very thankful. What’s really nice is that in her whirlwind of activity, she still reserves a day here and there to workout just with me.

I’m trying to figure out what the lesson is for you, Reader. Maybe the lesson is: Motivation doesn’t always have to come from within. 

 I know I want it — the whole “want it” package. And THEN I really (really!) want to be able to buy an ending season closeout sale clothes from Anthropologie because I’m not trendy enough to need this season’s clothes and but I *will* know what size I’m going to be. I can practically HEAR a choir of angels singing.

But I love eating and drinking — not water. Although I love water, there is no shame or calories in that. I’m not a person of moderation and I’m sure this will be a recurring theme. I am excessive. I think I described it earlier as “obsessive” but that only paints half the crazy picture. So, sometimes I get excessively (and obsessively) motivated to workout and take charge of my life. And sometimes I get excessively lazy and drink most of a bottle of wine. Several days in a row with gin and tonics.

Yesterday and the day before, I vowed to burn 600 or more calories in a single workout. I know I am still following LiveFit but I haven’t been doing the cardio component as thoroughly as I should. So Tuesday I burned 600 and yesterday I burned 670. Now my husband can say, “My chick bad, badder than yours. My chick do stuff that I can’t even put in words.” Boom.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.