A couple months ago, I started getting manicures and pedicures. It wasn’t something I cared much about before — I was always content to do my own nails — but once I got one, I found that I got a strange amount of workout motivation from my nails.
For some reason, having my nails done made me feel pretty and polished, and in my mind, girls who are pretty and polished also work out…so then I felt compelled to keep up my new image by working out.
I know it’s ridiculous. I’ve owned it.
The thing is, even though it’s a strange source of motivation, it really works! Once I started thinking about it, I realized that there are a lot of small things like this that have the same effect on me. They are the things that (in my mind anyway) are things that pretty/polished/pulled-together/healthy/fit/thin women do. When I do them, I feel pretty/polished/pulled-together/healthy/fit/thin and then I feel like I need to keep up that image by eating healthy or exercising. These activities are totally based on weird assumptions — logically, I know that plenty of women who never work out get manicures! — and most are things that I like doing anyway which would, by my logic, make me officially pretty/polished/pulled-together/healthy/fit/thin without ever setting foot in a gym…but for some reason, these things motivate me! Sorry I’m not sorry!
- Eating sushi. (Because I always thought of sushi as something everyone in LA eats and everyone in LA is good-looking, right?)
- Wearing nice yoga pants and a cute track jacket around after I’ve worked out. (Even if I’m kinda gross, I at least feel athletic.)
- Wearing nice yoga pants and a cute track jacket around when I haven’t worked out. (Unlike when I wear this after a trip to the gym, I feel athletic but not gross or sweaty.)
- Feeling like my face/skin/makeup looks good.
- Hanging out with my pretty girlfriends.
- Driving around blasting 50 Cent with all my friends in the car on our way to go do something fun together. (OK, not so much now, but in college? Most definitely.)
- Having white teeth.
- Shopping at Whole Foods. (Why else is everyone who shops there so smug if not because they think they are pretty/polished/pulled-together/healthy/fit/thin?)
- Doing yoga.
- Wearing jeans that look great on me.
- Running. (Effective but not worth doing in great amounts to me. I get the same effect from a 2-mile run as I do from a 12-mile run.)
- Eating fruit salad.
- Having a good hair day.
- Waking up in the morning and marveling at how flat my stomach is for that first hour of the day. (If I could go directly to the gym then, I would, if only because I’d think it would help my stomach stay that flat all the time.)
- Working out at a nice workout studio.
- Having a nice bag/phone/watch/accessories.