The Big Sleep: Every morning this week it has been a struggle to get myself out of bed. It's been cold here for a change and the idea of crawling out from beneath my quilt, fluffy comforter and Brunswick sheets is almost too much to bear. It doesn't help either that I've been getting to bed a little later than usual. But this weekend I have nothing planned. It's one of those glorious Nothing Weekends where there are no demands on my time. So I will be shutting the alarm off and sleeping in and not getting up until I damn well feel like it. Or until my dog decides she needs to be watered and fed and sticks her cold, wet nose in my neck. Either way, that won't be happening at 5:50 am so every extra hour is a bonus.
The Big Incentive: I have been trying diligently to get my workouts and healthy eating back on track for a few months now. I got lazy in the fall and then Christmas happened and ever since I've been struggling to knock off the pounds that have crept on, making me feel as though I am carrying a spare tire around my middle. Most uncomfortable. And I'll have a good week, but then fall off the wagon for two. I needed something. A goal, an incentive to reach that goal. But nothing I came up with was working. Until I popped into a clothes shop at the mall I often frequent and saw all their new arrivals for spring lining the shelves. Fitted cuts, spring colors, cute shrugs, cool pants. I wanted them all. But I had promised myself I wasn't buying any new clothes until the weight came off. But it's been so long since I've had some new clothes...oh and I wanted them baaaaaaaad. So I made a deal with myself. March is a three pay cheque month. If I can get the weight off by March 17th, then I can go on a shopping spree. But only if I lose all the weight. Not some, not almost all, but every last designated pound.
And suddenly, I don't really need to eat the chocolate anymore. Or the bag of black pepper jack Doritos that were calling my name. Or the two DQ cheeseburgers just because they were on for $2.99.
Those clothes will be mine...oh yes...they will be mine...