Fitness Friday: A Wake-Up Call and Chickening Out

OK, so during the Wii Mommies radio show today, I said I was going to post a picture of myself in a bathing suit for Fitness Friday. I figured I needed a wake-up call about what I would really have to look like this summer, especially since we got pool passes.

Well, I chickened out. I saw the pictures and was really embarrassed. Has that ever happened to you? The way I look is NOT the way I feel! But, I’m glad I did it, because I feel really horrified and motivated to get fit and make it stick this time.

In figuring out why I can’t seem to keep weight off, I talked a few weeks ago about my fear of failure. I just don’t try hard enough, because I’m afraid I’ll fail.I’ve also had a hard bout with my anxiety disorder this winter, and I have used food for comfort.

I am really excited about starting the EA SPORTS Active 30-day challenge in June, because I need the structure. (By the way, anyone can join the challenge! Click here.) I need the push, and the accountability of people asking me if I’ve exercised today. The Wii Fit has been great for maintaining my weight, and I’ll continue to use it, but I … really need the structure!

What I need is to establish some habits and break others, and I believe that is what the 30 Day Challenge is designed to do. The conventional wisdom is that it takes 21 days to establish or break a habit. SO hear are the habits that I would like to establish:

  • Get in the habit of exercising every day.
  • Get in the habit of eating only when I’m hungry and stopping when I’m full. This is a big one for me!

I’m going to focus on these two simple goals, and try not to complicate things so much that I just give up. If you’re a tough case like I am, stick with it! We can do it!

What are your goals for health this summer?

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  1. Ok So I am stopping by first to say. Have you exercised today? I will be waiting on your email or message from you to let me know if you have exercised today. lol.

    You sound like you have a good plan in action. I am much like you and have to have that structure. I have to know what I am doing when I am doing it and why I am doing it.

    I did take my picture too and do no plan on posting it until I have the after picture. It will make it easier for me to post. Yes My picture freaked me the heck out. I am totally motivated now and ready to cheer you on.


  2. Lindsey says:

    Doesn’t the camera really put a few pounds on us? Please please please say it’s so! lol

    So as long as it was a wake-up call for you, I think that picture has done it’s duty. It can now be deleted. Or you can keep it up and look at it whenever you’re not feeling motivated… I haven’t done that yet, you know. I don’t really want to… but I am embarrassed to wear shorts, let me tell you!

    I want to join you on the EA Sports Active 30-day challenge! 🙂 I’m a little worried because I haven’t received mine yet. I hope it’s at our apartment office or I get it by Monday!

    Oh and I totally have the comfort eating problem as well! My bad thing is snacking, I do it without thinking. It’s what my family calls “grazing”. I’m a grazer and I admit it.

    So your goals are my goals, too! You’re gonna do great, Sarah!


  3. Colleen says:

    I would never have the courage to post a bathing suit pic either!

    Good luck with your goals…my are pretty much just to up my exercising and generally eat healthier.


  4. I am so glad that I am not the only one who has the whole “Is THAT what I really look like?” thing happening. I feel so absolutely gorgeous on the inside, and then I see a photo and have the exact same reaction as you. I think in my case, I want to do it all perfectly, and the second I mess up, I quit. The key for me was realising that I don’t have to do it perfectly, and it’s okay to ‘mess up’. What is important is how I handle the messing up – do I quit, or do I say “yep – I goofed” and move forward. Not that this is all about me, but I thought this might be helpful to you. Terrific blog, I really enjoy reading what you have to say!


  5. I wrote a post on my blog that if you want to lose weight, you should take lots and lots of pictures of yourself, because it’s a reality check. It shows you exactly as you are, not as you think you are! It’s tough, but I think it’s worth it to realize the changes we need to make. And now, you’ve reminded me that I need to get my swimsuit pic done and uploaded… scary stuff!


  6. Work at Home Mom says:

    Having to post a pic of myself in a bathing suit would be my worst nightmare come true. I don’t blame you a bit. I’m going over myself to check out the 30-day Challenge. Good luck to you!


  7. Julie@Momspective says:

    Take a picture anyway and just save it for yourself. You don’t have to put it up but I bet you see a difference in 30 days! I still have to vlog the bikini. I’m thinking I will Thursday…


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