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8.21.2013

Motivation. But Really, Presents.

i work for presents.  that's just the truth.  money, presents, i just need to be rewarded in order to accomplish anything.  i had a tip jar on the piano as a child, that my dad had to put money in if he wanted me to play a song.  my parents had to pay me to go to those pesky weekend track meets.  dad still pays me to beat him in 5ks.  heck, i even used to sell my halloween candy.  really, i had little price tags on them and would count it all daily so my mom had to leave quarters while she ate my tootsie rolls while i was at school.  i like money, and i like presents.  always have.

which brings me to my point - i need to work out and lose weight.  partially to check it off my 101 in 1001 list, partially to get my mother off my back.  i'll let you just guess which one is the bigger deciding factor and otherwise keep quiet, because my mother reads this blog.  (too often.  seriously mom.  stop reading, i'm not that cool.)

but since she does read, i got the bright idea to list my motivation here, in case she decides she'd like to help me out.  hint hint.  and by 'motivation' obviously i mean presents.  cold hard cash will always suffice but since i'll likely be rewarding myself, cash doesn't cut it.  it's what i'm going to buy myself with that cash when i reach certain goals - losing a certain amount of weight, working out a certain number of times a week.   because as nice as it sounds to work out "for my health" that does nothing for my will power when i'm staring down a plate of nachos or 2 a.m. taco bell.  or both, usually both.  because taco bell nachos are amazing.  yes i often say "no, i'm getting in shape! no nachos!" but my mind always responds "round is a shape, stephanie, eat the nachos and figure it out tomorrow!" 

so something else has to be done.  something that'll work better.  and that something is tangible goals and rewards.  meg has her list up, as of yesterday.  she's all legit, like 'i'll be good and get a heart rate watch and another year membership to the gym!'  pssh.  those are not motivators for me.  (although her last motivator, genius.  go look.  you go girl.)  i like things completely unrelated to my fitness dreams but they are motivating nonetheless.  things i want more than i want taco bell nachos.  in true stephanie fashion, i haven't yet figured out my workout goals like meg did with her "3 times a week" for however many months.  i'm still working on that.  but i sure as hell made my present wish list!


snow scent.  i love winter and the smell of snow.  mostly the smell of cold.  like open the freezer and sniff the ice box - that smell.  which of course has already been bottled, because you can find anything on the internet.  and i need it.  it's not very expensive for a little room spray, so perhaps it's a good starting out motivator.



makeup brushes.  i really need a set of new, nice ones.  like mac-level brushes.


one thing that is fitness related - these shoes.  at some point, these have to happen.  i think i'd work out more if i had these on my feet.  but i know myself well enough not to buy them in anticipation of working out, because i'm pretty sure i have a victoria's secret sports bra with the tags still on.  no, they have to be a reward.  whitney has similar ones, she described them as unicorn puke.  perfect.


this adorably perfect camera bag.  i love padded camera purses, i want one!  this one is by jo totes, it's just so pretty.



a trip to nashville.  this has been on my list for awhile.  and my best friend sarah decided it's happening for my 30th birthday (which is in 1.5 years, nbd.  except, it is a big deal.) and she's honestly already started planning it.  so regardless of working out, it's going to happen - but it'd be nice to have a reason to justify it other than just turning 30.  {fyi, all of you are totally invited to my 30th in nashville. november 2014.  be there.}


i suppose this list also serves well for my birthday and christmas ;)  kidding!  i really am going to print it out and pin it to my fridge to remind myself what i'm getting instead of reaching for ice cream.  the joy of mac makeup brushes lasts for years.  the joy of ice cream does not.*

what would be on your list?


*i don't know if that's true.  i get a lot of joy out of ice cream.  i still remember the gold medal ribbon treats i would get for surviving another horrid day at my junior high.  but i'm going to keep repeating it til i believe it.

31 comments:

  1. Those are some kick-ass kicks. I love them. My shoes are getting old. I might need unicorn-pukey ones, too. :)

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  2. My Zumba instructor has those shoes. They look pretty awesome when she's dancing away.

    I think new shoes would be on my list. And also maybe some other form of new clothes because the best part about losing weight is when your clothes don't fit anymore. :)

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  3. Ahh! I so need those shoes, STAT! I definitely need presents, too. Lots of them:)

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  4. I need to lose weight too. I bought skimpy Halloween costume in hopes that I will look decent enough to wear it. So far I'm not. As of right now I am trying to fight the urge to devour a bag of chips, snickers, or any other junk food that may be in the house. I think I'm allergic to exercise. I really have thought about lipo.

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  5. I love your mind telling you it is a shape...i laughed out loud and my husband looked at me weird!! "round is a shape" heehee...and yes those nachos are GOOOOD (except El Pollo Loco..if you have one of those up there, had better ones...but they are discontinued and I'm soo pissed!!) now I want nachos!!
    I want to try that but the hubs is insiting on saving for a house hard-core this year so my prizes will be like...nachos!! ;)

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  6. Those shoes are ridic and I love them!! I would put new running shoes on mine too, and I have found that new running clothes reallyyyy helps me! Also, I'd have some new statement necklaces and a couple pairs of new jeans one size down :)

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  7. I might start planning on being in Nashville when you are there... I have a friend I could visit... and then I could buy you a birthday drink!!! Hmmmmm.....

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  8. i don't have that exact pair but i have the purples ones and blue/white ones and let me just say that Asics shoes are KICKASS.

    and for serious, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay motivated to workout and live a healthy lifestyle so if presents are your motivator, then for every big goal achieve, go out and get yourself that present!

    if you want help/advice/support, let me know ok?

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. ps Kathy and I may or may not be chillin' in Nashville when you get there. INTERNATIONAL PARTY BOMBERS!

      A++ on the mental asics

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  9. Haha there was a point when I tried to lose weight by telling my friends I'd give them each $20 if I didn't reach goal weight by the end of the year. It worked for a while. Thankfully they forgot about it... because I did not achieve goal weight.

    Michelle @ Mishfish13

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    1. HAHA!!! Lucky they didn't remember, but what a good idea!!

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  10. Love Nashville. My 30th is in 13 months. Not a happy camper about it to be honest.

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  11. this method actually works. I only do things for rewards and money too much like a dog. so I wrote a list of presents i get to buy (things I wouldn't normally buy) every time i reach a work out goal.

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  12. Nashville is on my list!

    Pedicures are always my prize. And purses.

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  13. Perfect list. I really want new shoes and keep saying I don't work out enough to make it worth it...so that is a perfect reward.

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  14. This is the best idea ever. I will definitely be doing this! I have a hard time with motivation when it takes so long to see results... presents to myself are definitely tangible results!

    I might have to try what SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph mentioned above - I've never had a pedicure!

    whiskey for breakfast

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    1. Never had a pedicure? That should be your first prize! I hate strangers touching my feet, but your feet feel so nice when it's done. It's not just nail polish, it's soothing for dry skin too.

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  15. I just put up my birthday wish list post then wanted to kick myself for not including awesome sneakers. I have gained so much weight so I downloaded couch to 5K, but haven't started it yet because I want a reward if I have to do it. So, I'm with you. Everything is better with presents.

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  16. I need a super cute camera bag too.

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  17. whenever i motivate myself i have to give myself a reward. otherwise it just isn't going to happen.

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  18. I definitely do this! I used to reward myself with food but that went completely against the point! So now I pick an expensive outfit or item and thats the goal. BTW going to Nashville in October for a Luke Bryan concert and I am SOOOOOO excited since I have never been!

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  19. Thanks for the shout out gurrrrl! I love your rewards so much better then a booring heart rate monitor lol. You can do it, if I can you can :)

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  20. Love those shoes! Nashville looks awesome! We are heading there in October for the 1st time and I can't wait! I need to get cowboy boots :)

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  21. Nashville in 1.5 years....Yep I will see you there!! I mean I can totally crash your party, right?! Yeah I thought you would agree!!!!

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  22. i have those sneakers! i love them. they're so comfy and match everything!

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  23. Love the shoes! And Meg's goal payoffs are genius! I'm like you, I like gifts to motivate me. But with working out, now its all about how I look and feel. I'm motivated by seeing the change in my body and the way I feel after a kickass workout. I'm sick in the head, I love that sore feeling!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  24. LOVE those shoes! and i work harder for motivation - aka presents - too!

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  25. I didn't even know camera purses were a thing. Where have I been?!?!!

    On my list, I would want...
    a great pair of nude heels (to show off my new fabulous legs after working out, OF COURSE)
    a new Under Armour women outfit to work out in
    Dior Addict 2 fragrance/Tocca Graciella fragrance
    an Aeropress coffee maker

    ...I could really go on and on...so I'll stop there :)

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    1. Oh yes, camera purses! I just love them, so pretty.
      I love everything on your list too! Now I have to add them to mine... thanks...

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  26. i just really need to not be a fat ass.
    i feel like it's getting out of control. HELP ME. BUY ME STUFF.

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