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"I'll get it together, I promise!"

Friday, July 05, 2013

I love the GEICO commercial with the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I don't know if it's because I fly a lot, but it just cracks me up every time.

His last response to the TSA screener, though, has become my mantra: "I'll get it together, I promise!" It's cute when the Dough Boy says it. It's kind of pathetic when I have to keep saying it.

I'm stuck in this circle again, with some slightly different behaviors. The circle is this:
Reality Check. Hunker Down and Do It. Weight Drops. Complacency Sets In. Scale Won't Budge. Frustration. Implosion. Back to Reality Check.

I'm back at Reality Check. I HAVE to get it together. I know I'm an emotional eater. I know I'm sad that my hubby is gone for the summer. I know I get bored in the evenings (despite plenty of things to do). I know I should have strategies to mitigate these things. But when I devise a strategy, it doesn't seem to work! I feel like I need to talk to someone about this, but I'm not even sure how to approach that.

One thing that has worked really well for me in the past is a competition. My brother and I competed to lose a few LBs about 10 years ago, and we're so competitive, we both did very well. Unfortuntately, my competitive drive is stifled when I'm pitted against friends, colleagues, or someone who might not give me a run for my money. It has to be someone -- like my brother -- that I want to CRUSH in the competition.

I heard about this study where people were asked to lose weight, and were given $20 each week if they lost. If they didn't lose, they had to PAY $20. Now, THAT would motivate me. Yet, I can't translate that into a game for myself, because I still ultimately keep the $$.

So, I'm shopping for a new strategy. Comments welcome.
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