Visual Motivators

In Weight Watchers, there are meeting topics every week, but the one that I use constantly is the visual motivator exercise. Basically, when you want to eat that big, greasy cheeseburger, you’re supposed to think of what you’d like to look like. This exercise is pretty effective if you have willpower. However, you can easily replace “Britney Spears” with “Rosie O’Donnell” and make it a double cheeseburger if you’d like. So, again- willpower=necessity.

Another must? A husband who doesn’t burn through food like it’s water. Thanks hon! You eat food, I look at the food= you lose weight, I am up a size. Peachy. Just peachy.

For the longest time, these were some of my visual motivators:






But, honestly, no matter how hard I try, I am NOT going to look like Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, or Megan Fox. Not gonna happen. So sorry Daniel, I know you had high hopes I would be smokin’ hot like these chicks, so I am just putting it out there. Not gonna happen. You can divorce me whenever you’d like. I should have disclosed this earlier.

Lately, there has been quite a stir about the naked plus sized models in Glamour’s November issue. And by plus size, they mean anything above a size 6 (or 8). Yeah. So, you over there, Miss Size 6- You’re plus sized. You didn’t know?! Shucks.

The girls are GORGEOUS. And NORMAL looking. Not saying Britney Spears is not normal looking or gorgeous, but her physique is simply unattainable for most of us. (Right? If you know how to look like Britney, please let me know).

Here’s the pic:

Then, I started thinking that I’ve been looking at the wrong sort of visual motivators all along. I should look at something that might actually be possible. Now I present to you my new visual motivators:






Much more attainable, realistic, and dare I say attractive? They’re curvy, they eat, they are still sexy, and they look healthy. It’s a win-win situation!

Which celebrities motivate you to put down the chocolate and pick up your running shoes?



  1. Jessica
    October 6, 2009 / 2:59 pm

    I think you are fabulous! Great post!

  2. Ashley
    October 6, 2009 / 6:02 pm

    Your new motivators are awesome. I consider those what I want to look like too. I will NEVER look like Jessica Alba and that's ok with me. I just wanna be happy with me.

  3. Courtnee
    October 6, 2009 / 6:05 pm

    monica I think you are beautiful! I have many body image issues as well. I've started to try to have more realistic expectations of what my should look like. You're new motivators look great.

  4. Tina
    October 6, 2009 / 9:11 pm

    I think your bash your body and weight too much 🙁 Have you seen the contestants on The Biggest Loser? Now they have some serious weight to loose.Best of Luck with your weight watchers program! P.S. I have heard the Shred the Pounds by Jilian Michaels is pretty good vid workout too

  5. ScrapinShana
    October 6, 2009 / 9:36 pm

    OMG! I LOVE this post, it's great and made me smile. You are so right..I know exactly what you mean! While it would be awesome to have a body like Britney, there's nothing wrong with Kelly Clarkson and Jordan Sparks either! Look how cute they are, they are really working it! I love the last pic too, the woman in the bikini is working it and she's not a toothpick! Awesome, awesome, I wish I could give you a hug, this really made my day =)

  6. Gwen
    October 6, 2009 / 10:51 pm

    You are loved Monica. At the end of the day, that and your health is all that matters. Smile girl!

  7. Schmoopy
    October 7, 2009 / 12:42 am

    Silly goose. You don't need to be trying to look like anyone but yourself. I know you'll achieve your goal of creating a new you, but don't lose track of the wonderful girl I love. And don't become TOO HOT or I'm gonna have to really worry about you! :opI'm proud of your hard work, my love. You can do it!

  8. Jill @BabyRabies
    October 7, 2009 / 7:09 pm

    Good for you! I love that you've changed your perspective. I think I need to work on finding some "visual motivators", not sure that I have any realistic ones at the moment.

  9. The Jerseymooners
    October 14, 2009 / 3:32 am

    Monica, you totally know I have a girl crush on you! It kills me when you bash yourself. You are one hot mama at any weight. Let your role model be yourself. Aspire to be the best Monica you can be. You'll only be happy then.