Help me help myself!
August 19, 2005 1:05 PM Subscribe
How do I become the person I know I should be?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (36 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a married, attractive, moderately successful woman who desperately wants to be a certain kind of person. And while cerebrally, I know how to be that person, some part of me can't seem to get motivated. I'm turning 30 at the end of this year and I'd love my gift to myself to be overcoming these stupid obstacles that have held me back all my life.
The things I *want* to do include: losing weight (I've gained about 60 pounds since getting married 3 years ago), getting in shape so I experience a sense of both accomplishment and athletic ability, start taking care of my acne-prone skin (startlingly, I was never raised to wash my face before bed and instead have relied on makeup), and just be more of a "get up and go" person rather than a "lie on the couch and watch TV" person.
As mentioned, I know the simple answers are to eat less, exercise more, practice good hygiene, turn off the TV, get some hobbies. I've read a ton of books geared toward self-improvement, taken (and fooled everyone by seemingly succeeding at) self-improvement workshops and seminars, etc. Yet it just seems that part of me -- which happens to be the strongest part of me, even -- is holding myself back, and I hate it. Any suggestions from the reformed lazy folks, the no-longer-underachievers, would be appreciated.